Did you know that there are 474 active mines in South Carolina? S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has launched a new web-based application to make it easier for the public to find, filter and download mining information across the state.
The S.C. Active Mines Viewer is a GIS map that displays the locations of all actively permitted mines in South Carolina to make it easier for the public to find information that is relevant to their community or business. The mines are categorized into eight mineral groups including clay, gold, granite, limestone, sand, sericite, shale and vermiculite.
The legend allows the user to view a specific mineral group or view all mines.
The search function allows the user to search by mine name, permit number, or by county.
The table function allows the user to view a table of additional information about the mines, such as latitude and longitude, mineral group and type, and mine operator.
The user can download this information and print a copy of the current map view.
Whether you’re a public contractor looking for a source of construction materials or an interested constituent looking for information on what type of minerals are mined in your community, the S.C. Active Mines Viewer is an easy-to-use resource.
You can check out the app on your computer or mobile device by visiting: https://gis.dhec.sc.gov/activeminesviewer/
About Mining Regulations
Mining in South Carolina is regulated by the S.C. Mining Act, S.C. Code Ann. 48-20-10, et seq. (Rev. 2008). The Act ensures that all land and water associated with mine activity receive a practical degree of protection and restoration. DHEC is authorized to issue permits for mine operations and ensure that mines comply with laws and regulations.
For more information about mining regulation and permitting, visit www.scdhec.gov/Environment/LW/MiningandReclamation/.