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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 7, 2010

Public hearing set on South Atlantic Alliance's draft action plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A public hearing will be held Oct. 13 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Ocean and Coastal Resource Management office in Charleston to solicit verbal comments regarding the South Atlantic Alliance's draft action plan, DHEC announced today.

"The South Atlantic Alliance is a voluntary partnership established by the governors of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina," said Carolyn Boltin-Kelly, deputy commissioner of DHEC's Ocean and Coastal Resource Management office. "The group is made up of state and federal agencies and other groups that are interested in issues related to the environment, natural resources, the economy, public safety, national defense and other social issues."

According to Boltin-Kelly, the South Atlantic Alliance's draft action plan identifies specific goals, objectives and actions within four priority issue areas including: healthy ecosystems, working waterfronts, clean coastal and ocean waters, and disaster resilient communities.

In addition to receiving verbal comments during the Oct. 13 public hearing, written comments will be accepted until Oct. 31. Comments may be e-mailed to: SAA@ncdenr.gov. E-mail submissions should indicate in the subject line if comments are of a general nature, or pertain to one of the plan's four priority issue areas.

Comments may also be submitted via mail to Boltin-Kelly at: DHEC-OCRM, 1362 McMillan Ave., Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405.

More information on the South Atlantic Alliance and its draft action plan can be found at: http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/.

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For more information:
Dan Burger – (843) 953-0251
E-mail – burgerdj@dhec.sc.gov
or
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
E-mail – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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