The environmental engineering section is responsible for the administration of the City’s Wastewater and Stormwater Utilities. In addition we are responsible for the management of the City's floodplain and the review of environmental requirements for private (both residential and commercial) development projects.
Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
The city of Greenville is vulnerable to several natural hazards such as winter storms, floods, high winds and drought, that pose a potential threat and could have a significant impact on the city.
City Council adopted a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF), which was required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the City to be eligible for FEMA grant programs. The City’s plan has been approved by FEMA, and as a result, the City has made Greenville and its residents less vulnerable to future natural hazard events. Greenville has also ensured that the City is eligible to receive certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance from the federal government in the future.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer-related deaths each year.
This estimate makes radon the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Because you can't see or smell radon, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes.
January is National Radon Action Month and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging all South Carolinians to test their homes for radon so they can find it, fix it and potentially save a life. Elevated levels of radon have been found in homes in almost every county in South Carolina and testing is the only way to determine if your home is trapping the gas.
To order your free radon test kit, visit www.scdhec.gov/radon or call 1-800-768-0362.