News brief for October 18th

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Updated County Stormwater Permit Process Underway

Beaufort County recently received approval from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to update and clarify the permitting process for its Stormwater Best Management and Design Practices manual. The overall goal is to reduce regulatory roadblocks and make doing business with Beaufort County easier.

The modifications make changes to the construction permitting process defined within the county’s Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) and its supporting document – the Stormwater Best Management and Design Practices Manual.

Various items are being revised to modify the permitting process and local oversight of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits from SCDHEC, to include written procedures, application forms, templates and checklists.

The updates more closely align Beaufort County’s Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control Program with the requirements set forth in Section 4.2.4 of the MS4 General Permit SCR100000. Beaufort County permit approvals will no longer be withheld pending SCDHEC NPDES coverage.

For more information contact Eric Larson, Beaufort County Stormwater Department Director at elarson@bcgov.net or 843-255-2805.

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