DHEC's Report Card

In this age of accountability, we asked several people to grade DHEC's performance in terms of protecting the environment over the past decade.

ALil Mood, DHEC community liaison: In general I'm a tough grader, but I give very high grades to both the staff and the commissioner. The shortcomings have to do with how do you accomplish the work with the resources we have. If we want more done we have to invest in it.
AEarl Hunter, DHEC lobbyist: In most areas I think we deserve an A, given the funding and resources that we have.
BBill Krecker, DHEC enforcement liaison: I hate to say "A" because there is always room for improvement, but with few exceptions I have been very impressed with the level of competence and dedication in our staff.
BMoses Clarkson, DHEC board member 1983-89: Given constraints they are subject to, I think they deserve very high marks.
DDell Isham, executive director, South Carolina Sierra Club: Regardless of what [DHEC] purports, they see the business community as its major stockholder, not the public community.
DRep. Joe Neal (D-Richland): They have not been a total failure, but many of their elements have failed, particularly on being responsive to the communities in this state who go to DHEC to be protected, only to find the deck stacked against them.
DRuth Thomas, president of Environmentalists Inc.: On the lower levels the people are pretty cooperative. My complaint is the way it's set up. They can't do anything but grant permits. They aren't set up to protect the environment.
DJoyce Lemmond, Georgetown League of Women Voters: DHEC's soul is divided. They are attempting to serve two masters, and that won't work.
FBob Guild, environmental attorney: Institutionally, DHEC's loyalties are compromised and, therefore, so is their ability to protect the environment.

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