South Carolina Surface Impoundments regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Surface Impoundments: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste surface impoundment rules: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-79.264.220 to 61-79.264.232 and R. 61-79.265.220 to 61-79.265.231 (interim status)

For a Limited Time receive a FREE EHS Report "Recordkeeping for EHS Managers." This special report contains a recordkeeping checklist to help you keep track of your records for major environmental laws and OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Download Now

Liner construction quality assurance plan: R. 61-79.264.19 and R. 61-79.265.19 (interim status)

Response action plan: R. 61-79.264.223 and R. 61- (interim status)

Organic air emissions rules: R. 61-79.264.1050 to 61-79.264.1090 and R. 61-79.265.1050 to 61-79.265.1090 (interim status)

Liners: R. 61-79.264.221(j)

Disposal restrictions: R. 61-79.264.229

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. South Carolina's hazardous waste surface impoundment requirements include both the federal rules and the state's more stringent requirements. The state's more stringent requirements apply to liner placement, disposal restrictions, and permits and fees.

Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Bureau of Land and Waste Management administers and enforces the hazardous waste surface impoundment requirements in South Carolina.

State Requirements


R. 61-79.264.221(j)

In addition to meeting the federal liner requirements, surface impoundment owners and operators are required to install a liner system so that the bottom of the liner is at least 5 feet above the seasonal high water table. DHEC will make exceptions to the 5-foot standard if the ...

Read more about Surface Impoundments