Ban Tree Protection Ordinances

H.3989 would prohibit a political subdivision (county, school district, municipality, etc.) from restricting the removal of trees or other vegetation on private property.

30×30 Land Protection

S.220 would establish a goal of protecting 30% of South Carolina by 2030 and create an interagency taskforce to develop policies, programs, and funding recommendations to achieve that goal.

Permit Extensions

H.3062 would extend nearly every permit by 5 Years due to the slowdown of the economy in 2020. The companion bill to this one, S.17 was amended to retroactively expand the permit extention timeline, but the bill ultimately timed out.


S.162 defines pyrolysis materials as “recovered materials” rather than “solid waste” for DHEC regulatory purposes.

Mining near Public Lands

H.3892 seeks to prohibit DHEC from issuing any permit for the construction of a solid waste facility for mining projects that are located within two miles of a public park, preserve, or green space. Ultimately, the House Agriculture and Natural…

Permit Extensions

S.17 extends some development permits, such as erosion control plans and air quality permits, in response to the pandemic. Fortunately, time ran out on this bill and it was not passed in 2022.

Conservation Enhancement Act

H.4956 re-establishes the Deed Stamp funding mechanism for the SC Conservation Bank and would generate an estimated $22 million per Year, vastly increasing the Bank’s capacity to conserve lands. Unfortunately, some questions were raised at the very end of session,…

Ratepayer Protection Act

S.344 gives the Public Service Commission the opportunity to temporarily suspend the process by which a public utility seeks to change or increase its rates during a declared State of Emergency…

Pyrolysis / Incineration

H.3753 would exempt facilities that melt plastic from SC solid waste regulations and increase the size of incineration facilities in SC.


S.596 would give DHEC regulatory authority over pre-production plastics (nurdles). The bill passed the Senate, but got held up in the House.