Governing Law and Regulations
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control Bureau of Land and Waste Management
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) South Carolina Military Department Office of the Adjutant General South Carolina Emergency Management Division
South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)
Local fire and police departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. South Carolina follows the federal requirements for release notification, with state requirements for hazardous waste transporters, oil spills, and underground storage tank (UST) releases. South Carolina follows the federal release notification rules for hazardous waste generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The state has adopted by reference the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) release notification requirements. For details, see the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION.
• Administration and enforcement. The DHEC administers and enforces South Carolina's release notification rules and coordinates statewide environmental emergency response activities with the SERC, the DPS, and the LEPCs, along with local fire and police departments.