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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.

Mercury

Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil. Exposure to mercury even small amounts may cause serious health problems. Mercury in the air eventually settles into water or onto land where it can be washed back into water. Once deposited, certain microorganisms can change it into methyl-mercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in the tissue of fish, shellfish, and animals that prey on them.


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