South Carolina Environmental Audit Privilege and Voluntary Disclosure Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 48-57-10 to 48-57-110
Overview: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-10 and S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-20
Environmental audit report: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-30
Privilege not applicable: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-30
Excused from court statements: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-30(B)
Workers' compensation cases: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-30(C)
Criminal proceedings: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-30(D)
Waiver: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-40
Revocation of privilege in administrative and criminal proceedings: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-50 to 48-57-60
Burden of proof: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-70
Notification if inspected: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-45
Voluntary disclosure: S.C. Code Ann. 48-57-100
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. South Carolina's audit privilege law was amended in May 2000 to be consistent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) audit privilege and immunity policy. South Carolina provides limited immunity to regulated persons or facilities from civil and administrative penalties for the voluntary disclosure of certain violations uncovered during an environmental audit. See the national section AUDITS for more information on EPA's audit policy.
• Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Office of Environmental Quality Control administers and enforces the state audit privilege rules in South Carolina.