South Carolina Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

South Carolina Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-9.122.1 to 61-9-122.64

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Effluent limitations: R. 61-9.122.44

Thermal discharges: R. 61.68.E

Stormwater: R. 61-9.122.26

Pretreatment: R. 61-9.403

Agricultural waste: R. 61-43.200.10

Wastewater treatment operator: South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 40-23-300

Drinking water: R. 61-58

Groundwater: R. 61-113

Underground injection: R. 61-87

Oil spills: S.C. Code Ann. 48-1-90

Wetlands: R. 61-101

Regulatory Agencies

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) 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 generally follows the federal regulations for its water pollution permitting program. However, the state also has its own wastewater requirements for other activities as well. For example, DHEC has its own stormwater requirements, which are different from federal requirements.

In addition, South Carolina has enacted several of its own laws governing water use, which affect how organizations do business in the state. The state is fully authorized by EPA to administer and enforce the federal drinking water rules.

Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Bureau of Water administers South Carolina's wastewater and drinking water programs.

State Requirements


R. 61-9.122.1 to 61-9-122.64

South Carolina's rules parallel the federal regulations governing the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements for wastewater discharges from industrial sources and construction ...

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