South Carolina Groundwater regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

South Carolina Groundwater Use and Reporting Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 49-5-10 to 49-5-150

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Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) groundwater protection: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-79.264.90 to 61-79.264.101 and R. 61-79.265.90 to 61-79.265.94 (interim status)

Water quality standards: S.C. Code Ann. 48-1-40

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

Groundwater classifications: R. 61-68(H)

Groundwater use: R. 61-113

Well standards: R. 61-71

Monitoring wells: R. 61-71(H)

Groundwater mixing zones: R. 61-68

Animal facilities: R. 61-43

Regulatory Agencies

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

DHEC Office of Environmental Quality Control Bureau of Water

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 regulates the use of groundwater under the authority of the South Carolina Groundwater Use and Reporting Act and issues permits for groundwater wells and groundwater withdrawal.

South Carolina follows the federal groundwater monitoring and protection rules for permitted and interim-status hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs), with additional requirements for interim-status TSDFs (those awaiting a final permit). The groundwater monitoring systems of these TSDFs must have a locking cap or other security device, and they must be labeled with a readily visible identification plate providing ...

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