South Carolina Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater discharges: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-9.122.26

Regulatory Agencies
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South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Bureau of Water Stormwater, Construction, Agricultural, and Dams Permitting Division

DHEC Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)

South Carolina Land Resources Conservation Commission (LRCC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. South Carolina has authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for stormwater discharges. See the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL for more information about the federal stormwater program.

South Carolina regulates NPDES stormwater discharges for industrial facilities, construction activities, and for municipal separate storm sewers (MS4s). See the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, and STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for information on the state requirements for these specific discharges.

In addition to the industrial, construction, and MS4 permits, South Carolina also issues a NPDES general permit that covers stormwater and nonstormwater discharges associated with mining activities.

Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Stormwater, Construction, Agricultural, and Dams Permitting Division in the Bureau of Water administers and enforces the stormwater ...


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