It is the mission of Earth 911 to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve their quality of life. While sustainable prevention programs are by far the best way to protect our nation’s environment, the costs associated with many of these programs can be astronomical. That is why the use of this Public and Private Sector Partnership is so important in effectuating prevention ideals. Through the Partnership, economies of scale and scope are achieved, promoting this public service across the nation and centralizing environmental resources into one user-friendly network.
On-line mapping tool from the Environmental Protection Agency, maps EPA-regulated facilities, brownfields tax-incentive zones, surface water, watershed environmental information, superfund clean up sites, and environmental justice information according to zip code.
The EDocket is an electronic docket, or list of the EPA's proposed rule-making actions. You can use the EDocket to find out what new rules or rule-changes the EPA is planning to take action on in the near future. You may also send your comments about the rules to the EPA electronically. Federal agencies like EPA use the rule-making process to issue regulations unless this is not allowed under the statutes passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. The rulemaking process generally follows a simple procedure called 'notice and comment.' The agency provides notice of a pending regulation by publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register. Any person or organization may review this notice and submit comments on it in writing. In some cases public hearings are held where interested parties may speak and provide comments. The period during which comments are accepted may vary for individual actions, but it usually is 30, 60, or 90 days.
The Office of Environmental Quality Control (EQC) is the environmental regulatory arm of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. EQC is responsible for the enforcement of federal and state environmental laws and regulations, and for the issuing of permits, licenses and certifications for activities which may affect the environment.
Before a plant or animal species can receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, it must first be placed on the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. Our listing program follows a strict legal process to determine whether to list a species, depending on the degree of threat it faces. An “endangered” species is one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. A “threatened” species is one that is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.