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Air Quality

Air Pollutants and Monitoring

Specific Air Pollutant Information

Each of these air pollutants have established methods to track their amounts present in the air we breathe (also called ambient air). Many of them involve specific regulations and laws to keep our health and environment safe.

In South Carolina, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes laws, standards, and regulations for states to follow. DHEC is responsible for maintaining the air quality in South Carolina.


Asbestos is a general name given to some types of naturally occurring minerals that can be found throughout the world in certain types of rocks. The asbestos found in these rocks can be separated into very fine and extremely durable fibers. It is known for its resistance to heat and unfortunately also for its potential health effects.

For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.