Environmental Clean Up Assistance Programs

Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)

  • Administers the Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)
  • Oversees assessment and cleanup of Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program
  • Performing Targeted Brownfields Assessments

Dry Cleaning

  • Administers South Carolina's Dry-cleaning Facility Restoration Trust Fund by using funds to assess, prioritize, and clean up registered dry-cleaning sites that are polluted within the state.

Emergency Response

  • Coordinates the response of DHEC and other agencies in responding to spills and releases of petroleum and hazardous chemicals
  • Trains Department personnel in response safety, hazards awareness and containment/removal technologies
  • Investigates fish kills
  • Coordinates the Department's response to fixed nuclear facility or transportation related radiological emergencies
  • Provides radiological hazards awareness training to first responders


  • Determines if a site may have been polluted, and ranking the site to decide if it should be placed on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priorities List (NPL), or on the State Superfund list.
  • Responsible for assessing, remediating, and cleaning up or overseeing assessment, remediation, and clean up of Superfund sites in South Carolina that are not on the NPL.
  • Responsible for administering the Responsible Party portion of the Voluntary Clean Program
  • Assists the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 4 with overseeing the assessment and cleanup of sites in South Carolina that are listed on the NPL.

Underground Storage Tanks (UST)

  • Oversee activities related to assessment, risk evaluation and remediation of underground storage tank releases.
  • Administer the two state assurance funds (SUPERB Financial Responsibility Fund and the SUPERB Account) which serve as partial financial responsibility mechanisms for tank owners and operators in meeting their state and federal financial responsibility obligations.

Waste Disposal

  • Provides technical assistance on the proper management of solid and hazardous waste
  • Provides technical review of sampling protocols and analytical data
  • Coordinates sampling activities for the Bureau