As part of the air permitting process, facilities in South Carolina are required to demonstrate that the emissions coming from their sources will not cause the violation of any applicable South Carolina air pollution control regulations or standards. It is a required part of many air construction permits (including all Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permits) and some Title V, conditional major, and state operating permits and renewals.
Area sources consist of smaller-size facilities that release lesser quantities of HAPs into the air. Area sources emit less than 10 tons per year of a single HAP, and less than 25 tons per year of a combination of HAPs. Though emissions from individual area sources are often relatively small, collectively their emissions can be of concern - particularly where large numbers of sources are located in heavily populated areas. Area sources include, but are not limited to, dry cleaners, gas stations and paint and body shops.
Compliance reporting refers to the compliance and monitoring reports facilities submit to DHEC to show that they are operating in agreement with environmental laws and regulations. These reports are required based on emissions, processes, and applicable state and federal regulations. They may include fuel certifications, fuel usage reports, emission reports, production rates, continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) data, continuous opacity monitoring (COM) data, and Title V annual compliance certifications (TVACC).
Emissions Inventory reporting is required by Regulation 61-62.1 Section III and condition 4.B.6 contained in Part 4.B of a facility's Title V permit if the permit was issued before 10/09/2007; condition 4.6 contained in Part 4 of a facility's Title V permit if the permit was issued between 10/09/2007 and 10/14/2008; or condition 4.3 contained in Part 4 of a facility's Title V permit if the permit was issued after 10/14/2008.
Understanding the complexities of health and environmental issues can be a frustrating and time-consuming task for businesses, industries, cities, counties, towns and residents. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's five environmental liaisons are devoted to providing for your special needs.
Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards are developed and issued by EPA to control the 'routine' emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from each major type of facility within an industry group (or 'source category'). These source categories may have additional requirements above and beyond any permit requirements.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical
agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data
related to the U.S. business economy. NAICS was adopted in 1997 to replace the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.
This website provides the latest information on plans for NAICS revisions, as well as access to
various NAICS reference files and tools.
This page allows the user to search the 1987 version Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 2,3,4-digit SIC, and to examine the manual structure.
Many small businesses may not fully understand environmental regulations and may not have the resources to hire an environmental consultant. The South Carolina Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is available to help with technical assistance, education, outreach, and advocacy at no cost to the business.
The TVACC is submitted annually to DHEC from facilities that operate under a Title V Air Operating Permit. A TVACC report shows any deviations from the terms and conditions in those Title V permits. A copy of the TVACC report is also sent to EPA.