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Air Quality

Auto Body Refinishing Shops

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.

Auto Body Refinishing Shops

In order to meet the area source standards outlined in 40 CFR 63, Subpart HHHHHH (Subpart 6H), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources, a qualifying auto body refinishing shop may be eligible to receive a registration permit.

According to Subpart 6H, a refinishing shop is defined as one that performs the spray application of coatings to automobiles, light trucks, heavy duty trucks, buses, construction equipment, self-propelled vehicles and equipment that may be drawn and/or driven on a roadway.

Coatings of concern contain compounds of chromium (Cr), lead (Pb), manganese (Mn), nickel (Ni), or cadmium (Cd), collectively referred to as the target HAP.

Criteria:

Subject auto body refinishing shops must meet the requirements of S.C. Regulation 61-62.1, Section II(I) and either Subpart 6H Refinishing and Surface Coating or Subpart 6H Paint Stripping of Motor Vehicles/Motor Vehicles Parts with Methylene Chloride (MeCl).

S.C. Regulation 61-62.1, Section II(I)

A subject auto body refinishing shop must meet the following criteria to be able to qualify for a registration permit:

  • The auto body refinishing shop shall not be potentially major for Title V (TV) emissions, Nonattainment New Source Review (NA NSR), or Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD).
  • No other industrial processes at the site that may require additional construction and operating permit requirements.

6H Refinishing and Surface Coating

A subject auto body refinishing shop must meet the following criteria to be able to qualify for a registration permit:

  • Cannot be a major source of HAP emissions (must emit less than 10 tons/yr of a single HAP and less than 25 tons/yr of a combination of HAPs)
  • Spray applies coating to more than two (2) vehicles or parts of vehicles a year, without consideration of compensation
  • Spray applications contain the target HAP (chromium, lead, manganese, nickel, or cadmium)

6H Paint Stripping of Motor Vehicles/Motor Vehicles Parts with Methylene Chloride

A subject auto body refinishing shop must meet the following criteria to be able to qualify for a registration permit:

  • Cannot be a major source of HAP emissions (must emit less than 10 tons/yr of a single HAP and less than 25 tons/yr of a combination of HAPs)
  • Perform paint stripping using MeCl for the removal of dried paint (including, but not limited to, paint, enamel, varnish, shellac, and lacquer) from wood, metal, plastic, and other substrates
Applications/Forms:
Reporting/Emission Tools:
Copy of the Permit:
Registration Permit for Auto Body Refinishing Shops

** 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:
Alyson Hayes (803) 898-3836

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.