South Carolina Mining Act (South Carolina)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place South Carolina

Applies to States or Provinces South Carolina
Name South Carolina Mining Act (South Carolina)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The South Carolina Mining Act seeks to offer the greatest practical degree of protection and restoration to usefulness, productivity, and scenic values of all SC lands and waters involved in mining. The Act establishes that no mining may be carried on in the State unless plans for the mining include reasonable provisions for protection of the surrounding environment and for reclamation of the affected land area. The Act authorizes the Department of Health and Environmental Control to enact and implement regulations pertaining to mining operations. All exploration activities must have a certificate of exploration issued by the Department, and permits from the Department are likewise required prior to the beginning of any mining operation.

Policy Contact

Department South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Division Land and Waste Management Division
Address 2600 Bull Street
Place Columbia, South Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 29201
Phone (803) 898-DHEC (3432)


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: S.C. Code 48-20
Date Enacted 1990

Authority 2: S.C.R. 89