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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 25, 2010

DHEC’s Underground Storage Tank program plan receives federal approval and endorsement

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) program is the first in the southeast to have its Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP) approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Environmental data is critical in making decisions concerning the protection of the public and the environment from leaking underground storage tanks,” said Daphne Neel, chief of DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management. “Our plan ensures that data generated by the UST program will be scientifically valid, legally defensible and accurate. The data will be useful to DHEC, owners of underground storage tanks and the public.”

“The approval of this plan is an important requirement related to federal UST cleanup cooperative agreements,” said Bill Truman, chief of EPA Region IV’s UST program. “We believe that South Carolina’s plan should be used as an example for other states to work toward in their own UST programs.”

“This is a compliment to the strength of our state’s plan that the EPA would urge other states to use our plan as a model as they develop their own QAPPs,” Neel said.

For more information, see DHEC’s UST Web page at: http://www.scdhec.gov/ust, or call DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management at (803) 896-4000.

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For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick - (803) 898-3884
E-mail - myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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