South Carolina’s environmental agency is warning two dozen dam owners across the Midlands the private operators will be on the hook for any fines or forced repairs if they do not submit repair plans as ordered last month.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control sent Notices of Violation to the operators of 24 dams — mostly rural or small neighborhood lakes — saying the dams’ operators did not submit repair plans as required. The agency had sent emergency orders to 75 dams across South Carolina that either failed in last month’s record rainfall or are in danger of failing if repairs are not done.
The agency said it received plans from only 42 of the 75 dams by the October 30 deadline. In response, the agency sent out violation notices and warned it could also send more to the other 9 dams if it does not hear back by Monday. None of the tardy plans were for “C1” dams — a classification that means failure could cause a loss of life. However all but two are classified as “C2,” meaning regulators believe their failure could damage infrastructure.