Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed an Upstate engineer to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control board.
Charles M. Joye II, of Anderson, will fill the vacant seventh seat on the board. The appointment was announced at Thursday’s monthly DHEC board meeting.
A Clemson University graduate, Joye is a civil engineer and chief executive at Design South Professionals Inc. in Anderson, according to a biographical sheet released Thursday by DHEC. He has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers for 22 years, the bio says.
Efforts to reach Joye were unsuccessful Thursday and Friday, but state Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, said DHEC’s newest board member brings practical experience to the agency.
“He seems to be the type of person who is going to look at the science and the data when making decisions,’’ Bryant said. “We don’t want people with a political agenda, we want to go by the science.’’
Joye’s bio sheet says he is serving a second term on the S.C. Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. His term expires in 2014. It was not known Thursday whether he would have to give up that seat to serve on the DHEC board.
Joye’s appointment must be approved by the Senate before he can take a seat at DHEC.
DHEC, South Carolina’s environmental and health agency, considers permits for industries to release pollution, tests air and water for contaminants, regulates hospital expansions and oversees public health in the Palmetto State, among other duties. The board’s role is to hear permit disputes and establish policy for the agency, one of South Carolina’s largest.
After her election in 2010, Haley appointed a more conservative DHEC board. She has said she wants the board to be more business friendly, a charge that has drawn fire from environmentalists who question whether the state will make it easier to issue permits without enough review. The current board is composed of doctors and business people.
“Charles Joye understands that if DHEC is costing businesses time, DHEC is costing them money,’’ a Haley spokesman said in an email. “He’ll be ready to work with board members to make DHEC efficient and responsive and ensure decisions are made based on benchmarks and merits, not on politics."