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.

Polluter Accountability – Commerce

H.5037 directs the Department of Commerce to consider quality of life and balance the use and protection of our natural resources before they incentivize businesses and industries to relocate to our state by prohibiting the use of taxpayer money to…

DHEC Restructuring

S.2 splits DHEC up into two separate agencies: the Department of Public and Behavioral Health and the Department of Environmental Services. The latter agency would, in large part, function as a permitting agency directly accountable to the Governor as a…

PFAS Standard

H.3514 is the would require DHEC to regulate PFAS in drinking water. The companion bill to this one, S.219, was taken up in the Medical Affairs Committee.

Regulatory Sunset – Beachfront Management

S.1151 would sunset any regulations promulgated by DHEC under the Beachfront Management Act before May 3, 2018, and would require an affirmative vote from the General Assembly for any regulation brought under the act after the bill goes into effect.