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Air Quality

Cotton Ginning Operations

Registration permits are issued to sources where equipment similarities and simplicity remove the need for in-depth site-specific review. Additionally, these permits contain the same emission limits and monitoring requirements as the construction and operating permit for that source category.

Advantages to Registration Permits

  • A standardized permit providing consistency
  • Dual permitting process construction and operating permit combined
  • No construction permit P.E. signature required for registration permits
  • Simplified application and permit issuance
  • Flexibility to construct or modify equipment without a construction permit
  • Pre-determined equipment and emission limit for specific Permit categories

Existing permitted and new sources may request coverage under a registration permit if the permit criteria are met. The BAQ will grant the registration permit to your facility upon your certifying qualification for and agreeing to the conditions and terms of the registration permit applicable to similar sources. Your facility will be subject to enforcement action for operation without a valid permit if the facility is later determined not to qualify for the conditions and terms of the registration permit.

Below is a description of each of the registration permits, a link to the list of the current facilities that have been granted coverage, a copy of each registration permit, and the associated criteria, forms, and other information for each registration permit.

Cotton Ginning Operations

In order to meet the requirements outlined in S.C. Regulation 61-62.5, Standard No. 4 Emissions from Process Industries, Section V Cotton Gins, a qualifying cotton ginning operation may be eligible to receive a registration permit.

  1. A cotton gin is defined as any facility or plant that separates cotton lint from cotton seed. This process typically includes cleaning (removing plant material, dirt and other foreign matter) and packaging the lint into bales.
  2. The facility shall not produce more than 75,000 bales of ginned cotton per ginning season.
  3. No fuel burning source shall have a rated input capacity greater than or equal to 10 x 106 BTU/hr nor shall the combined rated input capacity of all fuel burning sources exceed 50 x 106
  4. Each fuel burning source is allowed to use natural gas, propane, or a Department approved fuel.
  5. If applicable, the facility's grain handling operation shall not process more than 2,250,000 bushels of grain per year nor be in operation for more than 4,000 hours per year.
  6. No facility covered under this registration permit shall be potentially major for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Nonattainment New Source Review (NA NSR), or Title V (TV).
Reporting/Emission Tools:
Copy of Permit:
Registration Permit for Cotton Ginning Operations

** 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:
Jerisha Dukes (803) 898-4292

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.