The state’s health and environmental permitting agency is poised to get a pro-business Lowcountry lawyer as its new leader.

Catherine Templeton was selected today as the head of S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control by the agency’s board.

Templeton, 41, of Mount Pleasant, is an attorney who has specialized in “union avoidance” in private practice and represented businesses in employee lawsuits. She is currently the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation director, appointed last year by Gov. Nikki Haley, who has pushed for easing regulations on businesses.

Haley and the S.C. Senate must sign off on Templeton. She is expected to start Feb. 1.

She takes over as commissioner of an agency that may be the state’s most unwieldy — deciding permits for everything from hospital beds to industrial air emissions and waste disposal. Its lengthy, complex permitting system is criticized even by environmental and health advocates who push for tighter regulations.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.