South Carolina Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Emergency orders: South Carolina Pollution Control Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 48-1-290

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South Carolina State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response Bank Act, S.C. Code Ann. 44-2-40

General spill notification: S.C. Code Ann. 48-1-90

Oil and gas wells: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 121-8.26

Regulatory Agency

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control Bureau of Land and Waste Management

DHEC24-HOUR SPILL HOTLINE:888-481-0125803-253-6488 (in Columbia)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. South Carolina does not have legislation comparable to the federal Oil Pollution Act. However, the state's Pollution Control Act provides for DHEC to issue emergency orders for immediate action to protect public health or property (S.C. Code Ann. 48-1-290). Unlike the federal regulations, oil spill reporting is requested by DHEC, but not required. See the national section OIL SPILLS for the applicable National Response Center and Coast Guard notification requirements.

The state has also enacted legislation that creates notification requirements for petroleum releases from underground storage tanks (USTs) and a state trust fund to finance the cleanup of leaking USTs. For information about UST petroleum discharges and remediation of spills, see the state section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS.

Administration and enforcement. DHEC, in cooperation with South Carolina's Department of Public Safety, coordinates emergency services in the state. DHEC's Bureau of Land and Waste ...


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