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.

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.

S.C. Water Resources Conference Coming in October

Registration has opened for the 2014 South Carolina Water Resources Conference, which will be held in Columbia on October 15-16.

SC Criminal Prosecutions Continue for Environmental Violations

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina continues to pursue criminal prosecutions for violations of environmental protection laws.

EPA Warns of Paint-Stripping Products

On August 28, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a final risk assessment for Dichloromethane (DCM), which is widely used in common household paint-stripping products. The risk assessment indicated DCM poses human health risks to workers and consumers who use products containing this chemical, as well as to bystanders. EPA estimates that more than 230,000 workers nationwide are directly exposed to DCM from these products.

A New Building Standard Set to Launch in Late 2014

Commercial, residential and institutional buildings can seek certification under the WELL Building Standard, a standard currently in a pilot phase with performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

South Carolina Legislative Roundup: 2014

The South Carolina Generally Assembly ended its 2014 term in early June, having considered a number of proposed bills with environmental implications. In a March 27th blog post, we summarized several key environmental bills then before the House and Senate. Now that the 2014 term has come to a close, the fate of many of these bills has been determined.

SCDHEC Seeks Input on New General Mining Permit

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (“SCDHEC”) is holding a public hearing and seeking comments on a proposed new Mining General Permit - GP1. This General Permit covers mines of only topsoil or sand/clay that are not located in wetlands or other sensitive environmental or historic areas, that are five acres and a depth of twenty feet or less, and that do not process material.