South Carolina Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan): What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Federal spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) regulations: 40 CFR 112

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South Carolina Oil and Gas Act: South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 48-43-540

Regulatory Agencies

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control Bureau of Land and Waste Management Division of Waste Assessment and Emergency Response Emergency Response Section

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. South Carolina does not require any state-specific spill prevention plans that are in addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan requirements. However, South Carolina does require the submission of a federal SPCC plan with an application for a terminal facility registration.

Administration and enforcement. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 enforces the federal SPCC requirements in South Carolina, along with assistance from Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) Emergency Response Section. The Emergency Response Section also issues Certificates of Registration to terminal facilities in the state.

State Requirements


A terminal facility is a facility, either fixed-land based or mobile-land based, or a vessel that transfers or carries pollutants over waters of the state in the coastal environment. The Emergency Response Section is responsible for the Certificates of Registration for all terminal facilities in the state. All terminal facilities must be registered and meet financial responsibility, containment and response, and certificate ...

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