2019 Triennial Review

Notice of Drafting

The Notices of Drafting for the 2019 triennial review of Regulation 61-68, Water Classifications and Standards, and Regulation 61-69, Classified Waters, were published in the State Register on Friday, February 22, 2019. The closing date for the public comment period was March 25, 2019.

R.61-68 Notice of Drafting (02-22-2019) R.61-69 Notice of Drafting (02-22-2019)


The Department received the following comments in response to the Notice of Drafting:

American Rivers comments South Carolina Rivers Forever comments South Carolina Water Quality Association comments Upstate Forever comments


The Department offers the following summary response to comments:

Summary of Public Comments and Department Responses

Water Quality Standards Rule

EPA’s Water Quality Standards Regulatory Revisions were finalized in August 2015. The following document provides a summary of these revisions and describes how the final rule affects the 2019 Triennial Review.

EPA’s 2015 Water Quality Standards Regulatory Revisions


Stakeholder Meetings

The Department hosted two stakeholder meetings to discuss the Notice of Drafting and to receive stakeholder input regarding Water Quality Standards issues and potential revisions to R.61-68 and R.61-69. Both meetings were open to the public, and the Department requested any interested parties to attend one of the stakeholder meetings.

Stakeholder Meeting #1

  • Tuesday April 23, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Linton Room (4011)
    2600 Bull Street
    Columbia, SC 29201
Triennial Review Meeting Summary - April 23, 2019
        


Stakeholder Meeting #2

  • Tuesday May 21, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Linton Room (4011)
    2600 Bull Street
    Columbia, SC 29201
Triennial Review Meeting Summary - May 21, 2019
        


Proposed Regulation

The proposed amendments to R.61-68, which the Department is considering include:

  • a revised standard for aquatic life ambient water quality criteria for cadmium
  • a revised recreational water quality standard for enterococci for Class SB waters
  • a standard for aquatic life ambient water quality criteria for carbaryl
  • a standard for human health recreational ambient water quality criteria for microcystins and cylindrospermopsin
  • calculation of the sample specific freshwater acute and chronic criterion for metals

Additionally, the Department is considering proposed amendments to R.61-69 to clarify and correct, as needed, waterbody names, counties, classes, and descriptions.

The proposed amendments to R.61-68 and R.61-69 were presented to the DHEC Board on August 8, 2019. The Notices of Proposed Regulation will be published in the State Register on August 23, 2019. Once published, a copy of the each notice will be added to this webpage.

As described in each notice, interested persons may submit comment(s) on the proposed amendments to Andrew Edwards, Water Quality Standards Coordinator of the Bureau of Water; S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201; edwardaj@dhec.sc.gov. 

To be considered, the Department must receive the comment(s) by 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2019, the close of the comment period.

Staff Informational Forum

The Department is hosting a Staff Informational Forum to answer questions, clarify any issues, and receive comments from interested persons on the proposed amendments to R.61-68 and R.61-69. This forum is open to the public and any interested persons may attend.

  • Monday, September 23, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Linton Room (4011)
    2600 Bull Street
    Columbia, SC 29201

Public Hearing

The S.C. Board of Health and Environmental Control will conduct a public hearing on the proposed amendment during its November 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. meeting.  Interested persons may make oral and/or submit written comments at the public hearing.  The meeting will take place in the Board Room of the DHEC Building, located at 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201.  Due to admittance procedures, all visitors must enter through the main Bull Street entrance and register at the front desk. 

The Department will publish a meeting agenda twenty-four (24) hours in advance indicating the order of its scheduled items at:  http://www.scdhec.gov/Agency/docs/AGENDA.PDF.

The Department publishes a Monthly Regulation Development Update tracking the status of its proposed new regulations, amendments, and repeals and providing links to associated State Register documents at http://www.scdhec.gov/Agency/RegulationsAndUpdates/RegulationDevelopmentUpdate/.

Contact

If you have any questions or comments regarding the 2019 Triennial Review, please contact Andrew Edwards at edwardaj@dhec.sc.gov or 803-898-1271.

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