South Carolina Aboveground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

South Carolina Pollution Control Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 48-1-10 to 48-1-350

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Flammable and combustible liquids: S.C. Code Ann. 39-41-260

Regulatory Agencies

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control

State Fire Marshal's Office

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. South Carolina generally follows the federal requirements for aboveground storage tanks (AST) regulation, with some additional requirements for service stations. Terminal AST facilities must be registered. Spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plans are required for all terminal and used oil facilities. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information.

Administration and enforcement. The state Fire Marshal's Office administers and enforces AST rules in South Carolina.

State Requirements


S.C. Code Ann. 39-41-260

Aboveground tank installations must be reviewed by the fire marshal's office when not reviewed by a local agency. The storage, handling, and use of flammable and combustible liquids must comply with the applicable provisions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Pamphlets No 30 and No 30A.

Service stations. A maximum of 30,000 gallons (gal) of agrgregate capacity of flammable or combustible liquids, or both, may be stored aboveground at service stations. No single storage tank may exceed 12,000 gal liquid capacity. Service stations with an aboveground ...

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South Carolina Aboveground Storage Tanks Resources

Type Title
Checklists Tank In-Service Inspection Checklist
Forms UST/AST Registration
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