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April 12, 2010

Earth Day observance set

COLUMBIA - The 40th anniversary of Earth Day will be commemorated April 22, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

“There’s a role for everyone in protecting South Carolina’s environment,” said DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter. “From the smart use of water, steps to improve the quality of the air we breathe, to recycling, DHEC has a program that can help each of us make every day Earth Day.”

Hunter said environmental awareness is an everyday activity. DHEC has many programs and opportunities for residents of all ages to become more involved.

“Earth Day is a great time to celebrate the environmental gains we’ve made over the decades while looking toward making even greater progress in the future,” Hunter said. “Become educated, get involved and take action.”

As part of the 40th celebration of Earth Day, DHEC is providing the S.C. Green Guide. This Web-based resource provides a variety of environmentally friendly tips to help every South Carolinian do their part to go green. More information on the Green Guide is on DHEC’s Web site at

More information on Earth Day activities and environmental programs can be found at DHEC’s Web site at


For more information:
Thom Berry - (803) 898-3885
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