South Carolina Brownfields regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

South Carolina Hazardous Waste Management Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 44-56-710 to 44-56-760

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Voluntary Cleanup Program: S.C. Code Ann. 44-56-710 to 44-56-760

Eligibility: S.C. Code Ann. 44-56-730

Responsibilities of responsible parties (RPs): S.C. Code Ann. 44-56-740

Provisions for nonresponsible parties (NRPs): S.C. Code Ann. 44-56-750

Regulatory Agencies

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

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. The South Carolina Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) was established in South Carolina in 1988. Its goal is to encourage responsible parties (RPs) and nonresponsible parties (NRPs) to remediate their site contamination without having to resort to expensive and lengthy litigation. For more information on brownfields, see the national section BROWNFIELDS.

Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Bureau of Land and Waste Management administers and enforces the VCP program in South Carolina.

State Requirements


S.C. Code Ann. 44-56-710 to 44-56-760

The purpose of the VCP is to enable the expansion, redevelopment, or return of industrial and commercial sites to use where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. The VCP also provides an incentive to conduct response actions at a site by providing NRPs a covenant not to sue, contribution protection, and third-party liability protection, or by ...

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