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Bureau of Environmental Health Services


Nuclear Power Plant Information

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC or DHEC) is tasked with providing radiological technical assistance, emergency planning and advice to the Governor’s Office and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD). This important role in the state’s ability to respond to radiological emergencies requires both technical responses, during an actual emergency, and extensive day-to-day planning and liaison work.

DHEC created the Nuclear Response and Emergency Environmental Surveillance (NREES) section to provide the department’s response to radiological emergencies.

The NREES responsibilities assigned to this section include:

  • Maintaining a radiological hazard assessment capability and provide radiological technical support, coordination and guidance for the state.
  • Preparing and updating supporting technical radiological emergency response plans.
  • Provide for a 24-hour accident notification system.
  • Provide protective actions guides as well as recovery and re-entry guidelines.
  • Provide technical representatives to industry and county and state governments.
  • Obtain and coordinate emergency radiological assistance from the federal government, other state and private industry.
  • Direct monitoring efforts in the 10-mile emergency planning and the 50-mile ingestion pathway zones.
  • Coordinate monitoring at shelters and reception centers, and of emergency workers and vehicles.
  • Provide technical advice on decontamination and disposal of contaminated materials.
  • Provide water supply information required for sampling and monitoring and respond to radioactive waterborne releases that threaten public water supply.
  • Provide radiological monitoring training to technical personnel, and members of local and state government.
  • Participate in annual training programs at nuclear facilities.
  • Assist in the development and coordination of, and participate in, nuclear facility emergency exercises.
  • Coordination with Clemson Extension Service on crop and other agricultural information. Provide advice on protection recovery and re-entry.

Radiation Information PDF

  • South Carolina Radiation History/Overview
  • Radiation Basics
  • Radiation Health
  • How Nuclear Power Plants Work

Radiation Awareness Program

Common Exposures to Radiation

South Carolina Nuclear Power Plants

Other South Carolina Nuclear Sites

Related Nuclear Power Plant Links

Potassium Iodide

Additional Potassium Iodide Links


For more information please contact:
The Bureau of Environmental Health Services,
Division of Emergency Response (803) 896-4099.