DHEC

Save The Automatic Stay

There are two bills making their way through the South Carolina State House right now that would eliminate the automatic stay, a critical tool for protecting our environment, our communities and individual property.

DHEC Denies CWS I-20 Permit

Today (8/1/16) the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC) officially denied renewal of the NPDES permit for Carolina Water Service’s I-20 wastewater treatment plant. In addition to the permit denial DHEC also issued administrative orders to CWS and the Town of Lexington requiring them to submit a coordinated plan to eliminate the CWS I-20 discharge and shut down the facility.

2016 Legislative Recap

This month marks the end of the 2015-2016 legislative session at the South Carolina State House, and overall it was a good year for our rivers. Working with our conservation partners we stopped a number of bad environmental bills from passing and worked to ensure agencies like DHEC requested and received the funding to carry out their missions.

What we stopped:

2016 List of Impaired Waters

On April 1st the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released their 2016 draft list of impaired waters, also called the 303(d) list.  The Clean Water Act requires states to develop a list every two years of waterbodies that don’t meet water quality standards. The list is developed primarily from DHEC’s water quality monitoring data, as well as some data collected by outside organizations. It includes a location, the use that is impaired, and the cause of the impairment.

DHEC Updates Fish Consumption Advisories

Earlier in July DHEC released updated fish consumption advisories for all South Carolina waters.  These advisories are intended to inform the public if the fish they catch in South Carolina rivers and lakes are safe to consume, and in what quantity.  DHEC issues advisories for Mercury, PCBs and Radioisotopes.  

May 2015 Water Quality Monitoring Results

2014 Sewer Spill Report

Sewer Spills, also called Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) are a major water quality concern in the Midlands.  Sewer Spills can result in serious risks to both public health and the overall health of our rivers.  Below is an analysis of all of the SSOs that were reported to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in 2014.

2014 List of Impaired Waters

Every two years the Clean Water Act, specifically section 303(d), requires states to develop a list of waterbodies that don’t meet water quality standards. The list is developed primarily from DHEC’s water quality sampling data, as well as some data collected by outside organizations. It includes a location, the use that is impaired, and the cause of the impairment.

Dirty Half Dozen List Update

In April of this year Congaree Riverkeeper published our first Dirty Half Dozen List identifying what we believe to be the six worst permitted polluters in our area.  Since publishing the list there has been significant progress on bringing several of these polluters back into compliance.  Below is an update on the top four polluters from our list.

The City of Columbia

City of Columbia to Consider Proposed Consent Decree

On Tuesday (8/13/13) Columbia City Council will take the first vote to authorize the execution of a proposed consent decree with the EPA, DHEC and US Department of Justice.  This consent decree addresses alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the South Carolina Pollution Control Act associated with the City’s wastewater collection and treatment system, including numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and NPDES Permit violations.  The original notice of violation was issued by the EPA in 2009 and the agencies have been negotiating with the City since 2010. 

Update: Congaree River Tar Cleanup

Cleanup alternatives proposed, public meeting set

DHEC Approves Discharge Permit for New Nuclear Reactors on the Broad River

On October 11th the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control approved an NPDES permit for SCE&G's VC Summer Nuclear Station Units 2 and 3 located in Jenkinsvile, SC.  Through our participation in the public comment process we were able to effect some positive changes in that permit to better protect the Broad River.

Sedimentation at Riverfront Park

 

Sedimentation is a serious water quality problem that can damage aquatic habitats, harm fish and other aquatic animal and plant communities and make navigation and recreational use and more difficult.  Runoff from construction activities is one of the leading causes of sedimentation in our area.