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.

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.

Real Estate Industry Focuses on “Resilience” in Response to Climate Change

Increasingly, the real estate industry is focusing on “resilience" to plan for natural disaster and climate change issues. While planning for such events is good for the environment, the real estate business community emphasizes that it is good for real estate investors because it focuses on reducing potential operating expenses and increasing reputational benefits.

EPA Changes All Appropriate Inquiries Standard: 2005 ASTM Standard No Longer Sufficient

On October 6, 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized an amendment to its All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) rule, stating that ASTM E-1527-05, the due diligence standard issued in 2005, is no longer adequate to establish landowner and lender liability protections under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), a statute that imposes joint and several liability for releases of hazardous substances.

EPA Releases Latest Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

Earlier this week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data for 2013 emissions.

EPA Extends Comment Period for its Clean Power Plan Proposal

Earlier this week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will extend the comment period for its most recent regulatory effort to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the Clean Power Plan proposal.