Environmental agency to consider groundwater permits

May 27, 2017 - 12:17 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's environmental board plans to consider rules on whether anyone who wants to draw out large amounts of groundwater in seven western counties will need a permit.

The State newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/2rJxyZg ) the Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Friday evening a plan to regulate withdrawals of more than 3 million gallons (11.4 million liters) of groundwater a month.

The counties affected are Aiken, Lexington, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg.

DHEC will get comments from the public and present the proposal to the agency's board in October.

The proposal comes after the newspaper reported groundwater levels dropping 5 to 15 feet (1.5 to 4.6 meters) in the counties in recent years as large farms moved in.


Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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