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Session 104 (1981-1982)

S*0242(Rat #0286, Act #0282 of 1982)  General Bill, By T.E. Garrison, W.W. Doar, 
H. Rubin, A.M. Sanders, H.P. Smith, T.E. Smith and J.M. Waddell

Similar(H 2456) A Bill to enact the South Carolina WaterNext Use Reporting and Coordination Act so as to authorize the South Carolina PreviousWaterNext Resources Commission to promulgate regulations to require the reporting of substantial use, withdrawal, or diversion or obtaining of surface, underground and other waters of the state and drilling for PreviouswaterNext and prescribe guidelines for such regulations.-at 02/24/81 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-7 02/24/81 Senate Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources SJ-7 03/05/81 Senate Committee report: Favorable Agriculture and Natural Resources SJ-12 03/10/81 Senate Read second time SJ-19 03/19/81 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-14 03/24/81 House Introduced and read first time HJ-1360 03/24/81 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources HJ-1360 01/14/82 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Agriculture and Natural Resources HJ-181 01/20/82 House Amended HJ-261 02/03/82 House Debate adjourned HJ-702 02/04/82 House Amended HJ-742 02/09/82 House Amended HJ-791 02/10/82 House Read second time HJ-808 02/11/82 House Read third time HJ-830 02/11/82 House Returned HJ-830 02/11/82 Senate House amendment amended SJ-5 02/11/82 Senate Returned SJ-5 02/16/82 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled HJ-873 02/18/82 Senate Ratified R 286 SJ-12 02/24/82 Signed By Governor 02/24/82 Effective date 02/24/82 02/24/82 Act No. 282 03/02/82 Copies available

(A282, R286, S242)


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Legislative findings

Section 1. The General Assembly finds that:

(a) The PreviouswaterNext resources of South Carolina are one of its most valuable, basic and necessary public resources. This public resource is vital for the benefit of all South Carolinians and as such the PreviouswaterNext resources are an invaluable public trust. The availability of PreviouswaterNext in sufficient quantity and quality is the cornerstone of the physical and economic well-being of all the State's citizens. The agriculture, employment, industry, economic development, environmental quality and government of the State and the health, safety and welfare of its people are and will continue to be vitally affected by the use and conservation of its PreviouswaterNext resources. Current information as to the quantity of PreviouswaterNext available and the amount of PreviouswaterNext being used is essential in planning for continued growth.

(b) At present insufficient information is available on a statewide basis to aid in developing effective future plans in both the short and long term by municipalities, agriculture, industry and other segments of society. Voluntary reporting programs have provided some information but such programs are inadequate to provide reliable usable information.

(c) Establishing a systematic coordinated program to report PreviouswaterNext uses is in the best interest of the public. Such programs must collect information on both ground and surface waters which are interconnected and part of a single hydrologic resource. A prudent and reasonable program of PreviouswaterNext use reporting will enable state agencies to provide valuable services to both the private and public sectors of the State. One important goal of this act is to collect PreviouswaterNext use information in a form and on a basis that will allow the collecting agency to compile and disseminate PreviouswaterNext use data for use in effective planning by all segments of the State's population.

Legislative declaration

Section 2. The General Assembly declares the basic state policy in the implementation of this act to be to establish an accurate inventory of PreviouswaterNext use in the State in furtherance of an integrated state PreviouswaterNext resources policy mandated by the South Carolina PreviousWaterNext Resources Planning and Coordination Act, Chapter 3 of Title 49 of the 1976 Code.

S. C. PreviousWaterNext Use Reporting and Coordination Act

Section 3. The 1976 Code is amended by adding to Title 49:

"Chapter 4

Section 49-4-10. This chapter shall be known and cited as the South Carolina PreviousWaterNext Use Reporting and Coordination Act.

Section 49-4-20. The South Carolina PreviousWaterNext Resources Commission (commission) may promulgate regulations to require any person, business, firm, corporation, governmental agency or political subdivision using, withdrawing, diverting, obtaining or drilling for any surface, underground or other PreviouswaterNext within the State for any purpose to report any of the following PreviouswaterNext use information:

(a) Identification and location of any sites or facilities where such PreviouswaterNext is used, withdrawn, diverted, obtained and discharged.

(b) Identification and location of any sites or facilities where a PreviouswaterNext well is drilled.

(c) The source and location of the PreviouswaterNext.

(d) The capacity and location of any intake, withdrawal or diversion pumps or structures.

(e) The number and depth of any wells or underground sources from which PreviouswaterNext is withdrawn or to which it is returned and the capacity of any withdrawal pumps or structures.

(f) Any PreviouswaterNext treatments applied to such waters.

(g) The total amount of PreviouswaterNext so used, diverted, withdrawn or obtained in accordance with Section 49-4-30, including the maximum daily use within each month.

(h) PreviousWaterNext storage and treatment capacity.

(i) For each discharge or return of PreviouswaterNext (1) the total amount of such discharge or return in accordance with Section 49-4-30 and the maximum daily discharge or return for each month, (2) the location of the discharge or return structure and the name and location of the receiving stream, river, well, land area, utility or other source to which the PreviouswaterNext is returned or discharged.

(j) The method used to determine the amount of PreviouswaterNext used, withdrawn or obtained. The commission shall not require the installation of flow measuring devices to determine such amounts and where such devices are not available a reasonable estimate of the amount used, based on estimating procedures satisfactory to it, shall be sufficient for the purposes of reporting any PreviouswaterNext use information requested under this chapter.

(k) The general nature of the use made of the PreviouswaterNext. Such information shall be required by general category of use only and no requests for information shall be made which require compilation of extensive data not capable of reasonable estimation based on estimating procedures satisfactory to the commission or which would be likely to reveal a trade secret or process or other confidential information as provided in Section 49-4-80.

Section 49-4-30. Information required to be reported pursuant to Section 49-4-20 shall be submitted to the commission quarterly. Reports of PreviouswaterNext use exclusively for agricultural purposes shall be submitted to the commission annually in accordance with Section 49-4-40. During and only during periods of extremely low stream flow the commission may require monthly reports in lieu of quarterly reports and quarterly reports in lieu of annual reports. The commission shall by regulation establish a procedure for requiring such emergency monthly and quarterly reports only from those PreviouswaterNext users in the affected low stream flow areas.

Section 49-4-40. The commission shall establish by regulation a reporting system for agricultural uses in cooperation with Clemson University. Clemson University may participate with the commission in collecting and compiling agricultural PreviouswaterNext use information in accordance with this chapter and the regulations promulgated by it.

Section 49-4-50. Reporting shall be required of any PreviouswaterNext user diverting, withdrawing or obtaining one hundred thousand gallons or more of PreviouswaterNext per day on any day.

Section 49-4-60. Any person, business, firm, corporation, governmental agency or political subdivision that drills, bores, digs, deepens, alters or changes any well, except wells intended for single family domestic purposes, four inches or greater in diameter for the purpose of using, withdrawing, diverting or obtaining PreviouswaterNext within the State shall submit to the commission a driller's well log. The commission may promulgate regulations specifying the information to be reported on forms prepared by it, including but not limited to the following:

(a) The character and depth of the formation passed through or encountered.

(b) The static PreviouswaterNext level of the completed well.

(c) A copy of the record of pumping tests, if any.

(d) The construction details, including lengths, diameters and thickness of casing, screening and gravel packing.

(e) The type of pumping equipment installed, if any.

Such logs shall be submitted to the commission within thirty days after the completion of drilling, boring, digging, deepening, altering or changing such well.

Section 49-4-70. To the extent possible, the commission shall utilize existing reporting forms and procedures and shall endeavor to reduce the number of separate reports required. Any person, business, firm, corporation, governmental agency or political subdivision reporting information, that is required by this chapter, to the Department of Health and Environmental Control shall not be required to make additional reports to the commission. The commission may require additional attachments requesting information to forms employed by any state agency but only if such additional information does not increase the number of reports required and, in such cases similar information shall not be required on any other reporting form under this chapter. Any form used for the reporting of information authorized by this chapter shall be drawn so that the responding party can readily determine the specific authority under which each question is asked.

Section 49-4-80. Upon a claim by the user that the disclosure of particular PreviouswaterNext use information, other than the total amount used, diverted, withdrawn or obtained would reveal a trade secret, process or other confidential information or would impair national security, the commission shall hold such PreviouswaterNext use information confidential. Compilations of PreviouswaterNext use information not identifiable to the user may be published by the commission. In any case in which the total amount of PreviouswaterNext used, diverted, withdrawn or obtained is claimed to be confidential, the commission may require the user to establish that disclosure of such information would reveal a trade secret, process or other confidential information or impair national security.

Section 49-4-90. Prior to effecting any change in any regulations promulgated pursuant to the authority granted in this chapter, the commission shall notify, via regular mail, PreviouswaterNext users to be affected by such change. This provision shall apply only to PreviouswaterNext users that are required by this chapter to submit a Previouswater use report to the commission at the time a change in regulations is proposed by the commission."

Time effective

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon the approval by the Governor.

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