Many activities that impact the quality of our waterways are authorized by an environmental permit. These include National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Industrial Stormwater, Municipal Separate Stormwater System (MS4), and Section 404 and 401 permits. Environmental permits allow the discharge of treated industrial wastewater, treated sewage, polluted stormwater, and fill material into many of our local waterways.
The Permit Watchdog Program monitors the issuance permits and the compliance history of permit holders in the Charleston Harbor Watershed. Twice per year the program selects a group of permit holders and conducts and in-depth examination of their permit and monitoring data. When issues are discovered we reach out to the permit holder. We work to ensure the problem has been identified and fixed and that a plan exists to prevent reoccurrence. If the permit holder, DHEC, and EPA won’t act to ensure compliance with permit limits, the Clean Water Act authorizes Charleston Waterkeeper to enforce the permit in court.
The Permit Watchdog Program also regularly researches, drafts, and submits public comment letters to DHEC and the Army Corps of Engineers during the permit development and drafting process. By participating in the public comment process Charleston Waterkeeper works to improve the quality of the permits issued in our watershed.
Our goal is to serve as a check and balance on environmental permit holders and the permitting process administered by the DHEC and the Army Corps of Engineers. The program’s goal is to increase accountability to the public for the quality of, and compliance with, the permits in our watershed.
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