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August 3, 2015

S.C. DHEC issues statement on release of EPA's final Clean Power Plan rule

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Director of Environmental Affairs Elizabeth Dieck today issued the following statement regarding the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the Clean Power Plan final rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act:

"From a very preliminary review of early information provided by EPA, it appears the agency listened to South Carolina stakeholders. DHEC will be reviewing the final rule and will continue to work with our stakeholders on our path forward.

By forming statewide, collaborative partnerships, South Carolina has taken a proactive approach in shaping these national standards. Through the creation of the South Carolina Energy Coalition in 2013, our state's strategy from the very beginning has been to work hand-in-hand with all stakeholders to ensure that South Carolina's unique challenges, concerns, and needs-- in terms of compliance and enforcement-- are considered by the EPA throughout their rule-making process.

One of the most complex regulations we have yet to face, South Carolina's clean energy and energy efficiency efforts will help the state comply with this rule and other regulated pollutants such as ozone, sulfur dioxide, air toxics, and particulate matter.

We remain committed to working collaboratively with our partners to ensure that the facilitation of this national ruling is done in a manner that provides maximum flexibility in the development and implementation at the state level, is tailored to meet our state's unique economic challenges, and is right for South Carolina. "


Cassandra Harris
Public Information Officer