Thursday, March 28, 2013
Oyster and other shellfish beds in Charleston County are once again open for harvesting, SCDHEC announced Thursday
Shellfish beds in Charleston County are once again open for harvesting, according to a SCDHEC statement. The state agency had closed the beds from the Stono River north to Charleston Harbor due to poor water quality following excessive rainfall accumulated in the area recently. "Water quality data indicate that all approved areas from the Stono River north to the Charleston Harbor are now suitable for harvesting" said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Charleston County, call DHEC'S Lowcountry Environmental Quality Control Office at 843-953-0150.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
State health and environmental agency hosting hearing in North Charleston on negative impacts of regulation on businesses.
Saturday, March 2
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has invited the public, including businesses, employees, professional associations, conservation organizations, and any other affected person or entity to comment on statutes and regulations implemented by DHEC that may unduly burden businesses or employers. Comments on proposed statutes and regulations are also welcome. Recently Gov. Nikki Haley established a Regulatory Review Task Force to evaluate the state’s current regulatory burdens on businesses and to propose recommendations to relieve those burdens. As part of this review, the Task Force will evaluate reports submitted by agencies that identify current and proposed statutes, rules, regulations, and policies that are a burden …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
One in five admit they do.
Though the thermometer may not show it today, it is after a Memorial Day, so that means summer is here. And summer, for a lot of people, means swimming. But those waters, don't always contain, well, water—at least according to a recent survey from the Water Quality and Health Council which found that one in five Americans admit to urinating in a public swimming place. Seven in 10 confessed to skipping a shower before going for a swim. But experts say it's the lack of clean users in the pool that irritate eyes and sinuses that are worse for swimmers than the yellow stuff. A shower, after all, removes makeup, hair products and other irritants. To protect yourself, the Water Quality and Health Council provides free pool test strips so …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The South Carolina House of Representatives voted 111-0 on Wednesday to revoke a dredging permit the SCDHEC Board approved last year giving the State of Georgia permission to deepen the Savannah River leading to the Port of Savannah.
In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, 111 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives rebuked Gov. Nikki Haley and the SCDHEC Board, which supported a permit allowing the State of Georgia to dredge the Savannah River to deepen port facilities in Savannah. A bipartisan bill sponsored by Charleston Reps. Leon Stavrinakis (D) and Jim Merrill (R) and Columbia Rep. Jim Harrison (R), the legislation seeks to halt the permit and return the authority for such decisions to the S.C. Maritime Commission and the General Assembly, an authority that the representatives say the Governor and the DHEC Board usurped in issuing the permit, according to a statement issued by Stavrinakis. “This vote represents a loud, bipartisan rejection of this …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Now under federal control and regulation, the chemicals Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone would be illegal to make or to sell.
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency has issued an emergency ban on the ingredients found in bath salts. The DEA announced on Friday it would exercise the right to control three synthetic stimulants used to make "bath salts" and "plant food," except as authorized by law, the release said. Now under federal control and regulation, the chemicals Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone would be illegal to make or to sell. In addition, products that contain the stimulants would also be illegal. The restriction in effect for a year will give the DEA and the Department of Health and Human Services time to study if the chemicals are permanently controlled as Schedule 1 substances. Schedule 1 is characterized as having…