Fuel Combustion Operations
The Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) develops and issues general permits for similar sources.
Advantages to General Permits
- A standardized permit providing consistency
- Simplified application and permit issuance
- General permits are issued without an additional individual public notice and comment period
- Flexibility to construct or modify equipment without a construction permit
- Pre-determined equipment and emission limit for specific Permit categories
Existing permitted sources may request coverage under a general permit if the permit criteria are met. BAQ grants the general permit to facilities certifying qualification for and agreeing to the conditions and terms of the general permit.
Below is a description of each of the general permits, a link to the list of the current facilities that have been granted coverage of each general permit, a copy of each general permit, and the associated criteria, forms, and other information for each general permit.
Facilities that only have boilers, emergency generators, and non-emergency generators (for example, peak-shaving generators), fuel storage tanks, and ethylene oxide sterilizers (hospitals) may be eligible for a general permit for fuel combustion operations. These facilities can have exempt sources as well that are not fuel combustion sources.
If the operations covered by these general permits involve land-disturbing activities in one of the eight coastal counties of the Coastal Zone under DHEC-OCRM's jurisdiction (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper), then a coastal zone consistency certification may be required prior to conducting land-disturbing activities.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.