As of 2016, the BCD region is in attainment with all air quality standards in the federal Clean Air Act and its amendments.
However, the three counties of the region have agreed to enter a statewide partnership to proactively address air quality issues before they become a problem. In South Carolina, 45 of the 46 counties are participating in an Early Action Plan, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ).
The Early Action Plan determines what actions must be taken at the state and local level to ensure compliance with recently adopted federal regulations regarding ozone emissions.
Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties have no mandated requirements, but have developed plans for voluntary activities and actions, to maintain current conditions and prepare them for any future problems which may emerge.
In March 2004, final versions of each county Early Action Plan were sent to DHEC, to be incorporated into a statewide plan. Below are the plans submitted by the three counties.
- Berkeley County Early Action Plan
- Berkeley County Emission Reduction Strategies
- Charleston County Early Action Plan
- Charleston County Emission Reduction Strategies
- Dorchester County Early Action Plan
- Dorchester County Emission Reduction Strategies
For more information about the statewide Early Action Plan and other air quality issues, visit the Bureau of Air Quality’s website at SC DHEC.
Air Quality Coalition
The BCDCOG Air Quality Coalition is one of seven regional groups in South Carolina dedicated to improving the state’s air quality. Coalition meetings bring regional stakeholders from various industries together to address air quality issues. To be notified of future meetings, please email Kathryn Basha at email@example.com.
October 1, 2015 Meeting
Charleston Partners for Clean Air – Air Quality Conference
On January 19-20, 2016 a two-day conference was held for academics, professionals, community members, and policymakers to share ideas in modeling, monitoring, measuring, and management for continued air quality improvements in the region. The conference was co-hosted by SC DHEC, BCDCOG, American Lung Association, Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC), and Charleston Community Research to Action Board (CCRAB).
- Conference Flyer
- Air Quality and Your Health, Margaret Ann Mabry, American Lung Association
- Community-based Future Air Monitoring in the LAMC Communities, Omar Muhammad, LAMC/CCRAB
- MUSC Charleston Air Monitoring, John L. Pearce, PhD, MUSC Department of Public Health Sciences
- Coastal Expansion and Antimicrobial Resistance, R. Sean Norman, PhD, USC Department of Environmental Health Sciences
- SC Ports Air Quality Update, Patrick Moore, South Carolina Ports Authority
- Charleston Area Air Monitoring, Scott Reynolds, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
- Health Risks of Air Pollution, Eric R. Svendsen, PhD MS, MUSC Department of Public Health Sciences
- Air Pollution Primer, SC DHEC
- Monitoring Basics, Tommy Flynn, SC DHEC
- Multi-Pollutant Reduction Strategy Pilot Project, Andy Hollis, SC DHEC
Staff Contact:?Kathryn Basha
Phone: (843) 529-0400 ext 212