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Tag Archives: DHEC

Help Wanted: Legal experience not necessarily a virtue (access required)

The tumultuous tales of two lawyers selected to fill high-level public positions in the Carolinas show that legal chops may not count for much when an attorney is named as executive in charge of a sprawling state agency. Catherine Templeton, the new chief of the S.C. Health & Environmental Control Department and former head of the state’s labor agency, is already embroiled in controversy and costly lawsuits. Across the border, N.C. Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan, a former federal prosecutor, lasted six months on the job before he abruptly resigned, leaving rumors swirling in the wake of his sudden departure.

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Environmental – Administrative Authority – Savannah River Project – DHEC Negotiation (access required)

Savannah Riverkeeper v. South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control The plain language of S.C. Code Ann. § 54-6-10 gives the Savannah River Maritime Commission the responsibility and exclusive authority to represent South Carolina in all matters pertaining or collaterally related to dredging in the Savannah River for purposes of navigation by ocean-going container or commerce vessels, and certification under § 401 of the Clean Water Act (401 Certification) for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) fell within the scope of that authority. Thus, the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC) acted in contravention of § 54-6-10 when it issued a 401 Certification.

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