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Proposed Rule

South Carolina: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Proposed rule.


Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the underground storage tank (UST) program submitted by the State of South Carolina (South Carolina or State). This action is based on the EPA's determination that the State's revisions satisfy all requirements for UST program approval. This action also proposes to codify South Carolina's revised UST program and to incorporate by reference the State statutes and regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval.


Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before April 23, 2021.


You may send comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R04-UST-2019-0582, by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: Include the Docket ID No. EPA-R04-UST-2019-0582 in the subject line of the message.

Instructions: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R04-UST-2019-0582, via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit:​dockets/​commenting-epa-dockets.

Out of an abundance of caution for members of the public and our staff, the public's access to the EPA Region 4 Offices is by appointment only to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. We encourage the public to submit comments via or via email. The EPA encourages electronic comment submittals, but if you are unable to submit electronically or need other assistance, please contact Ben Singh, the contact listed in FOR FURTHER Start Printed Page 15637INFORMATION CONTACT. The index of the docket and all publicly available docket materials for this action are available for review on the website. The EPA encourages electronic reviewing of these documents, but if you are unable to review these documents electronically, please contact Ben Singh to schedule an appointment to view the documents at the Region 4 Offices. Interested persons wanting to examine these documents should make an appointment at least two weeks in advance. EPA Region 4 requires all visitors adhere to the COVID-19 protocol, which requires face coverings and social distancing.

Please also contact Ben Singh if you need assistance in a language other than English or if you are a person with disabilities who needs a reasonable accommodation at no cost to you. For further information on EPA Docket Center services and the current status, please visit us online at​dockets.

The EPA continues to carefully and continuously monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local area health departments, and our Federal partners so that we can respond rapidly as conditions change regarding COVID-19.

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Ben Singh, RCRA Programs and Cleanup Branch, Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960; Phone number: (404) 562-8922, email address: Please contact Ben Singh by phone or email for further information.

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For additional information, see the direct final rule published in the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Parts 281 and 282

  • Environmental protection
  • Administrative practice and procedure
  • Hazardous substances
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Indian country
  • Petroleum
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • State program approval
  • Underground storage tanks
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Authority: This document is issued under the authority of sections 2002(a), 7004(b), 9004, 9005, and 9006 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6912(a), 6974(b), 6991c, 6991d, and 6991e.

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Dated: February 26, 2021.

John Blevins,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4.

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[FR Doc. 2021-05420 Filed 3-23-21; 8:45 am]