I wasn’t always a Conservation Voter, but I am now. I see the value in the environment, and I know that we can make a difference together to protect the South Carolina we love.

July 9, 2015 | Read More >

When I was little I was all about animals. I ran around catching lizards, tadpoles, and insects. I remember exploring a local creek with my dad and climbing on what we called “rhino rock” on the Saluda River. (It’s near the Riverbanks zoo entrance – see if you can find it!) As I grew older, I became concerned as I realized that our protecting environment was more often than not a political priority.

July 8, 2015 | Read More >
Alan Hancock Alan Hancock

We are learning more about the attempt to change our laws to allow more out-of-state nuclear waste in South Carolina.  The State looked into the Utah Company, Energy Solutions, that is putting up ads on local TV.  Energy Solutions is trying to reopen the dump to the nation so that it can compete nationally with its chief rival, Waste Control Specialists. That company now runs the nation’s only low-level nuclear waste landfill that can take […]

March 15, 2015 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

With renewed efforts to reopen the Barnwell nuclear waste site, we are getting some questions about the site and how we got to where are now. I’ll try to boil it down to a few key points. The Barnwell Site is a landfill for radioactive waste. The State of South Carolina owns the site, and leases it to Chem-Nuclear to operate. The General Assembly passed the Atlantic Compact Law in 2000 to close Barnwell to waste […]

March 1, 2015 | Read More >
Rebecca Haynes Rebecca Haynes

Please support H.3564 to amend the Surface Water Withdrawal and Permitting Act to assure that all users be treated fairly under the law if withdrawing more than 3 million gallons/month from our rivers. We will grandfather existing users under the law to protect our family farms and current permitted users.  We must have a secure, fair plan for our rivers as we grow and prosper together. Our Rivers, Our Heritage Our rivers are what make […]

February 19, 2015 | Read More >
Alan Hancock Alan Hancock

Governor Haley outlined her thoughts on DHEC this week, as reported by The State: “Gov. Nikki Haley says there are “a lot of things” she would like to see done at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control if her choice to run the agency is confirmed by the state Senate”. Governor Haley added that a recent agreement with the Port of Charleston is the model for how she would like environmental protection to […]

February 7, 2015 | Read More >
Alan Hancock Alan Hancock

Over the weekend, The State focused on a question that came up at a House hearing last week: How do we know if our rivers are clean? The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) monitors the pollution levels in South Carolina’s rivers and streams. Scientists from DHEC test the rivers that provide our drinking water to ensure they’re safe. The State talked to groups that protect our rivers: In the past two years, at least 22 […]

February 3, 2015 | Read More >

So, in our office there is always a lot of talk about water. Lately, it’s been about the rivers running dry, toxic dumps polluting and the threat of offshore drilling. We talk a lot about water. But I am not a scientist. Sometimes instead of aquifers and safe yields water talk means something else. Like the quiet of paddling a kayak on a lake in the Upstate or sitting just close enough to the ocean […]

January 31, 2015 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

The DHEC Board hired its Director-nominee for a newly-created position while the nominee awaits Senate review. By creating a new position for the nominee with a salary potentially greater than the Director’s salary, the DHEC Board violates the spirit of the law requiring Senate advice and consent.   We have a petition to ASK SENATORS TO REJECT DHEC’S UNPRECEDENTED POWER GRAB.  Please sign if you agree that the Senate should hold the DHEC Board accountable.  DHEC enforces […]

January 28, 2015 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

Today, Catherine Templeton announced her resignation as Director of the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control. We thank Director Templeton for her service to the state and we are confident that she will take the perspective she gained from within DHEC to advocate for protecting our health and our environment. DHEC has a large and complex mission and touches the lives of all South Carolinians. We urge the DHEC Board to focus its search […]

January 8, 2015 | Read More >