Governing Law and Regulations
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Bureau of Water Water Facilities Permitting Division
DHEC Bureau of Environmental Services Office of Environmental Quality Control (EQC)
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 is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges. South Carolina has adopted the federal NPDES regulation. This adoption extends to the numbering of the regulations. For example, the permit conditions provisions, which are located at 40 CFR 122.41, are located at R. 61-9.122.41 in the South Carolina regulations. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for more information on the federal regulations.
The state generally follows the federal effluent limitations for NPDES permits (R. 61-9.125.1 to 61-9.125.73). For more information about effluent limits in South Carolina, see the state section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS.
• Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Water Facilities Permitting Division is responsible for issuing NPDES permits and land application permits for industrial facilities, federal facilities, agricultural facilities, stormwater discharges, ...