Environmental Matters: A South Carolina Environmental & Sustainability Blog

At Wyche, we strive to keep our clients and friends in the know about all the latest environmental and sustainability news. We hope you'll continue to frequent this blog to find our musings on the ever-changing environmental landscape in South Carolina or subscribe to receive updates as they happen.

Expanding Map Options: Google Trekker

Many in the real estate and environmental industry rely on evolving mapping technologies for their projects. Google Maps continues to expand and has launched a new Trekker program.

A Founder. A Friend. A Legacy.

Tommy Wyche's visionary leadership shaped Wyche into a unique law firm where like-minded attorneys could build a meaningful practice in a community that they love.

DHEC Board Names Eleanor Kitzman as New Director

Following Catherine Templeton’s resignation as Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the DHEC Board has named Eleanor Kitzman to the post.

DHEC Director Catherine Templeton Resigns

Catherine Templeton, the director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), announced her resignation from the agency, effective January 12, 2015.

SC Supreme Court Rules Against Proposed Kiawah Island Bulkhead

On December 10, 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in a 3-2 decision that a developer could not construct a proposed bulkhead and revetment at Captain Sam’s Spit on Kiawah Island.

EPA Announces First Existing Multifamily Housing to Earn Energy Star Certification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently announced that 17 existing multifamily housing properties have earned its new certification for energy-efficient multifamily housing under the Energy Star program, which recognizes energy-efficient products, housing, and commercial and industrial buildings.

New Leadership at Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

DHEC Director Catherine Templeton has announced the hiring of Sara Pendarvis Bazemore to head the agency’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM).

EPA Releases Action Plan for RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative

Beginning in 2008, EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Lands Initiative has worked to promote renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites. The Initiative’s Action Plan 2.0 was released in October.

Modifications Proposed to Standards for Wastewater Facility Construction

In late September DHEC proposed changes to Regulation 61-67, which sets the standards for wastewater facility construction. Among the proposed amendments is a 25% reduction in the unit loading flows used to calculate headworks loading.

EPA Announces Historic Greenhouse Gas Enforcement Case

On November 3, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice announced a significant settlement with Hyundai and Kia, automakers facing allegations of inaccurate testing and certification of vehicles sold in America. According to EPA, nearly 1.2 million vehicles sold by the automakers will emit approximately 4.75 million metric tons more in greenhouse gases than what was certified to EPA. The automakers overstated fuel economy by one to six miles per gallon.