SCDOT Environmental Services
The mission of the Environmental Services Office (ESO) is to efficiently and effectively maneuver all SCDOT Construction and Maintenance projects through the NEPA process, permit acquisition, and compliance. Our goal is to assist SCDOT Program Managers and consultants throughout project development to guide them through the various state and federal regulatory processes.
Environmental Tool Shed
The Tool Shed is our repository for documents, forms, templates, references, and guidelines to assist local governments, consultants, and SCDOT staff in meeting environmental regulatory compliance with Federal and State regulations.
County Transportation Projects
The County will carry out their work or services in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations, and shall monitor and oversee each project for such compliance. The County recognizes that the SCDOT and/or the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or other agencies may have final review and approval for the environmental documentation required under the implementing regulations of the NEPA of 1969, 23 CFR §771, et seq.
The SCDOT and the County both recognize that the FHWA will not take any action on projects that are solely funded by local sources. In order for the FHWA to review and approve NEPA documents, the project must include federal funds in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and/or the fiscally constrained portion of the Long Range Transportation Plan. MPOs and Counties must also adhere to the transportation planning process in 23 CFR 450 for how to apply federal funds to projects. If the County decides to add federal money to a project late in the project development process, all acknowledge that steps in the process may need to be repeated to ensure federal eligibility. County transportation projects that are solely funded by local sources and require a federal permit will need to coordinate the NEPA process through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).