DHEC in the News: Tropical Storm Irma, head lice policy, inspection of Darlington ponds, sea turtles

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

Report coastal damage to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — A South Carolina state agency is asking its state residents to contact them for storm damage.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging residents and officials to report Tropical Storm Irma damage to the agency and local building officials.

School Board approves policy changes on first reading

The Aiken County School Board approved several policy changes on first reading at its regular meeting Tuesday, including the Aiken County Public School District’s policies on head lice, staff conduct and professional development.

The policy change concerning head lice would remove the requirement that students be free of nits, or lice eggs, before returning to school.

DHEC does follow up inspection of Darlington ponds polluted with sewage

Darlington, S.C. (WPDE) — The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has conducted a follow-up site visit of two ponds on Race Track Road in Darlington where 700 gallons of sewage spilled into the pond about two weeks ago, according to DHEC Public Information Officer Adrianna Bradley.

Bradley said DHEC was investigating if septic waste from porta potties were dumped into the ponds.

General Interest

Irma erosion likely destroyed one-third of South Carolina sea turtle nests

Those sea turtles are very likely among the last to hatch this year.

That was Sept. 7. Three days later, surf from Tropical Storm Irma slammed the state’s beaches, washing away most of the remaining nests and killing the eggs.

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