South Carolina Land Treatment regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Land Treatment: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste land treatment rules: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-79.264.270 to R. 61-79.264.283 and R. 61-79.265.270 to 61-79.265.282 (interim-status facilities)

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Treatment zone criteria: R. 61-79.264.271(c)

Disposal restrictions: R. 61-79.264.281

Regulatory Agency

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control Bureau of Land and Waste Management Division of Compliance and Enforcement Hazardous Waste Compliance and Enforcement Section

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. South Carolina's waste land treatment requirements include both the federal rules and the state's criteria for the facility's treatment zone. (The treatment zone is the soil area of a land treatment unit where the waste is treated and rendered nonhazardous.) However, all treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) in South Carolina have to meet the state's stringent permit and operating rules. These requirements are reviewed in the state sections TSDF PERMITS and TSDF RESPONSIBILITIES.

· Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Division of Compliance and Enforcement administers and enforces the hazardous waste land treatment requirements in South Carolina.

State Requirements


R. 61-79.264.271(c)

South Carolina requires the maximum depth of a land treatment facility's treatment zone to be:

  • No more than 1.5 meters (5 feet (ft)) from the initial soil surface
  • More than 1.5 meters (5 ft) above the seasonal high water table, unless it can be demonstrated to DHEC that adequate protection of the ...

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