Inside South Carolina Department of Transportation

Environmental Services

SCDOT Environmental Services Personnel

SCDOT Environmental Services

Mission Statement

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.

NEPA Division

Our NEPA Division evaluates environmental impacts and compiles and documents information pertaining to the physical environment, communities, and natural, cultural, and socioeconomic resources during the preconstruction phase. Within this Division are the NEPA Division Manager, NEPA Coordinators for each Regional Production Group (RPG), Environmental Assistants, Biologists, Archaeologists, and an Architectural Historian.

Permitting Division

Our Permitting Division assesses impacts to waters of the U.S., coordinates with agencies to complete Jurisdictional Determinations and Critical Lines, obtains all required federal and state environmental permits and certifications, and coordinates with lead, participating, and commenting agencies to develop Compensatory Mitigation Plans during the preconstruction phase. During the construction phase, this team works with our Compliance Division to ensure SCDOT and contractor compliance with all permit conditions. Within this Division are the Permitting Division Manager, Permitting Coordinators for each RPG, Environmental Assistants, and a Mitigation Manager. The Permitting Division does not handle NPDES permits; this is handled by SCDOT Hydrology.

Compliance Division

Our Compliance Division is tasked with ensuring all environmental commitments are adhered to during the construction phase and any monitoring commitments are met post-construction. Within this Division are the Compliance Division Manager, Compliance Managers for SCDOT Engineering Districts, and a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Manager.

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).

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