To report ongoing chemical releases, oil spills, or fish kills, contact the Division of Emergency Response by calling the toll-free 24-hour emergency response line 888-481-0125.
The Division of Emergency Response responds to all incidents involving:
- spills of oil and petroleum products
- releases of chemicals and hazardous materials
- fish kills
If you suspect, are aware of, or witness any release of pollutants into the environment of South Carolina. please notify the SCDHEC Emergency Response Section.
If you are with a local response organization (police, fire, EMS), you are only required to report oil or hazardous material releases to SCDHEC for cases in which you are, or your organization is, the responsible party. However, the SCDHEC Emergency Response Section appreciates release incident notifications from any source.
The response of SCDHEC to release incidents is authorized by law. This regulatory authority enables SCDHEC to ensure that incidents are documented, responsible parties are identified, and environmental impacts are addressed.
SCDHEC emergency response operations are conducted state and federal procedures in cooperation federal, state, and local agencies as well as other involved parties.
- Incident Command System
- National Incident Management System
- US National Response Team
- Charleston Area Contingency Plan
- USCG Sector Charleston Area Committee
- SC Emergency Operations Plan
- SC Emergency Management Division
For a directory of commercial organizations available for spill and release emergency response, refer to the Directory of Cleanup Contractors and Vendors
To report an existing pollution site, contact the SCDHEC Environmental Affairs Regional Office for your county.
The diSCern directory also provides information for SCDHEC Regional Offices of Environmental Affairs as well as other local and emergency response organizations.
For a list of SC Fire Departments, refer to the SC Firefighter's Association.