The Mining Council, established with the enactment of Section 48-21-20 of the South Carolina Code of Laws 1976, as amended, resides in the office of the Governor and acts as an advisory body to the Governor in considering issues relating to mining. The Council considers appeals on decisions made by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) regarding the enforcement of the Mining Act.
The Council is composed of 11 members and represents diverse interests and responsibilities that provide a wide range of perspectives regarding mining issues. The member positions are:
The Mining Council’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of South Carolina by promoting the conservation and wise use of mineral resources within the state.
|Council Member||Council Position||Affiliation|
|Joseph R. Blanchard||Chairman||Non-Governmental Conservation|
|Roger C. Dunlap||Vice Chairman||Industry|
|William C. Clendenin, Jr., PhD||Secretary||State Geologist|
|James D. Elliot, Jr||Member||Non-Governmental Conservation|
|William Jackson||Member||Department of Commerce|
|Craig Kennedy||Member||Governor's Representative to IMCC|
|Christine Sanford-Coker||Pending||SC DHEC|
|David Scaturo||Pending||SC DHEC|
The enabling legislation creating the Mining Council established South Carolina as a member of the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC). The IMCC, a multi-state governmental agency / organization, represents the natural resource interests of its member states. First envisioned in 1964, the Commission came into existence in 1970 with the entry of its first four states. Since that time, thirteen (13) additional states have enacted legislation bringing them into the Compact and the Commission has established it headquarters in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. The states are officially represented by their Governors who serve as Commissioners. The Commission operates through several committees composed of duly appointed representatives of the Governors from their respective departments of natural resources or environmental protection.