South Carolina lawmakers may move to extend a slew of development permits around the state, adding years to state permissions for land disturbance, water pollution, sensitive coastal work and even the right to install a septic tank.
Legislators passed similar measures in the past, particularly when the economy ground to a halt in the Great Recession. Some permits the S.C. General Assembly extended then were active for over a decade.
But in the intervening time, climate change continued its slow march in transforming South Carolina’s coast. Projects that were put on ice came back to life after sea-level rise had eaten away at already dynamic systems around marshes, streams and the ocean.