South Carolina Hazardous Substance Storage regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Hazardous Substance Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

South Carolina Hazardous Waste Management Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 44-56-20

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4

Local fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and certain hazardous chemical substances or mixtures. South Carolina generally adopts the definition of hazardous substance under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.

South Carolina regulates aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) under the state fire code, which has adopted National Fire Protection Association Code 30 and Code 30A, which cover AST storage of flammable and combustible liquids. Local authorities may adopt ordinances that are more stringent than the state fire code. For a discussion of AST rules in South Carolina, see the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS.

South Carolina's underground storage tank (UST) rules adopt the federal regulations. The state requires permits for any UST construction and operation. USTs cannot be installed within 100 feet of any water supply well unless it has secondary containment. See the state section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional UST information.

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