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Air Quality

Textile Greige 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
  • 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.

A textile greige facility may be eligible for a general permit if they only operate textile greige operations (no finishing of greige fabric takes place), and it is comprised of:

  • one or more fuel combustion sources (including boilers, emergency generators, and non-emergency generators);
  • non-finishing greige operations;
  • slashing operations;
  • dryers;
  • sizing storage vessels;
  • fuel storage tanks;
  • non-halogenated solvent parts washers;
  • vacuum filtrations systems; and
  • air washer systems.

General Conditional Major

Total input production to the facility must be less than 182,000,000 pounds per year (91,000 tons per year) of fiber.

Only the following coating materials may be used in slashing operations: starch, acrylics, PVA, sizing auxiliaries, or combinations thereof which contain methanol and no other air toxic at a regulated level.

Maximum size of a single boiler must be less than 100 million BTU/hr rated input capacity.

Only the following fuels may be used: natural gas, propane, virgin fuel oil (sulfur content equal to or less than 2.1% by weight) and used spec oil as defined in S.C. Regulation 61-62.1, Section I.

PM, PM10, SO2 and NOX emissions are limited to less than 100 tons per year each and methanol emissions are limited to less than 10 tons per year.

Reporting/Emission Tools:
Reporting/Emission ToolsReporting Worksheet Supporting Calculations:
Copy of the Permit:
**Note that these copies are provided for use by facilities that have already been granted coverage by the Bureau. Download and use of these permits does not constitute coverage.**
For more information please contact:
Mareesa Singleton (803) 898-4113

If the operations covered by construction permits are located 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.

For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.