DHEC Environmental eNews
May 2021 | View as Webpage
DHEC continues to work with federal, state and local partners as it responds to COVID-19 in South Carolina. As we remain committed to protecting the safety and health of the public during this national and state emergency, DHEC's Environmental Affairs staff is also focused on keeping our customers and stakeholders informed of important events, regulations, meetings, permitting information, and compliance information.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update

South Carolinians who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors with a few exceptions. 

There is still work to do in our fight against COVID-19. Only 36% of South Carolinians are fully vaccinated. We encourage you to encourage others who are age 12 and over to get vaccinated. Vaccines are now widely available and you can use the Vax Locator to find vaccine sites near you. 
NEW Savannah River Site Webpage 

A new webpage has been created to showcase all of the work that Environmental Affairs does both on and around the Savannah River Site (SRS). Learn how DHEC interacts with SRS with the Environmental Surveillance and Oversight Program, Federal Facilities Agreement, High-level Waste Tanks, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and through permitting with the Bureaus of Water and Air Quality.
Dam Ownership in South Carolina

The Dam Ownership in South Carolina class assists dam owners/operators in understanding basic concepts that will protect the integrity of dams, which will help them serve as a benefit instead of a nuisance or safety risk. Register now for this free, self-paced course offered through Clemson University.

This free, six-week online class was developed through a collaboration between Clemson Extension, DHEC, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Clemson Online. All dam owners in South Carolina are invited to participate. 
"Recycle Right SC: A Guide to Residential Recycling"

The Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling in the Bureau of Land and Waste Management has developed the "Recycle Right SC: A Guide to Residential Recycling" as part of the Recycle Right SC statewide campaign. This 11-page guide is full of information on the importance of recycling, how to recycle correctly, how to manage non-traditional recyclables, and several other useful resources. Visit recyclerightsc.org for more information on the campaign and additional tips and resources.
Smart Business Recycling Program

DHEC's Smart Business Recyling Program has a new look - and a new plan! Let us help you and your business Reduce, Recycle and Report your recycling efforts. Check out this flyer for more details and contact Kayte Deal at smartbiz@dhec.sc.gov to get started. 
Take Action SC Virtual Workshop

Registration for the Take Action SC Environmental Education Virtual Workshop is now OPEN!  
The virtual workshop includes environmental education lessons on recycling, natural resources, landfills, food waste, energy efficiency, and sustainable literacy. Click HERE to register and view the agenda. Open to all Environmental Educators and Teachers! 
Regulatory Updates

As the first year of the 2021-2022 Legislative Session draws to a close, Environmental Affairs will provide an update in the June 2021 Environmental E-News to summarize all approved amended regulations and any bills that will have a direct impact on the regulated community.
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