Sawmill Operation

A sawmill is where logs (greenwood) are cut into lumber. Sawmill operations may be eligible for coverage under the registration permit or the general state operating permit if the facility is comprised of the following:

  • Debarking;
  • Decking;
  • Sawing;
  • Planing;
  • Edging;
  • Rimming;
  • Drying;
  • Loading of lumber and wood residue;
  • Wood preserving;
  • All associated equipment such as cyclones, baghouses, engines, tanks, and other department approved sources and activities; 
  • Surface finishing of woods and all associated finishing materials and control devices such as paint booth filters, cartridges, etc.; and
  • Sources exempt under S.C. Regulation 61-62.1, Section II(B).

Criteria:

Registration Permit

  • The facility does not make panel products, plywood, veneer, particleboard, medium density fiberboard, hardboard, oriented strand board, waferboard, wood shavings, or engineered (composite) wood products.
  • All wood drying is conducted naturally by air. The facility does not use kilns, ovens, etc. to dry wood.
  • All non-road diesel engines are fired on low sulfur (500 ppm or less) diesel.
  • All non-road diesel engines are certified by the manufacturer to meet EPA's non-road diesel engine emission standards/tiers.
  • The maximum size for a single diesel engine is 500 hp with a displacement of less than 10 liters per cylinder.
  • Facility is a true minor source.

General State Operating Permit

  • The facility does not make panel products, plywood, veneer, particleboard, medium density fiberboard, hardboard, oriented strand board, waferboard, wood shavings, or engineered (composite) wood products.
  • Sources can only be fired on natural gas, propane, virgin No. 2 fuel oil, virgin diesel, clean untreated wood, biodiesel, and other department approved fuels.
  • External combustion sources shall be fired on 0.5 wt% or less sulfur content diesel/No. 2 fuel oil.
  • All non-road diesel engines are fired on low sulfur (500 ppm or less) diesel and are certified by the manufacturer to meet EPA's non-road diesel engine emission standards/tiers (40 CFR 89 and 1039).
  • The maximum size for a single internal combustion source burning diesel is limited to 500 hp mechanical power output and a displacement of <10 liters per cylinder.
  • The maximum size for a single stationary external combustion source is limited to less than 100 million BTU/hr heat input capacity.
  • Facility is a true minor source.

Copy of the Permit:

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.

How Do I apply for the Registration or General Permit?

To request coverage under the Registration Permit download, complete, and submit the Registration Application for Sawmill Operations.

To request coverage under the General State Operating Permit, select one of the following options:

Option 1: If your facility has already been issued an operating permit, download, complete, and submit the State Operating and Conditional Major Permit Renewal Application with the General State Operating Permit box selected and “Type” Sawmill Operations selected.

Option 2: If your facility has completed construction and has not been issued an operating permit, download, complete, and submit the Operating Permit Request to request your initial operating permit.

Applications/Forms:

*If operations, normally 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: Mareesa Singleton (803) 898-4113

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