Cotton Ginning Operations


In order to meet the requirements outlined in 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.

List of Cotton Ginning Operations covered by 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:

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.