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Air Quality

Crematory 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.

Crematory Operations

A qualifying crematory operation may be eligible to receive a registration permit if it contains the following sources, besides exempt equipment, at the facility: crematory incinerator(s), processing station, and sources specific to the cremation process.

The crematory incinerator must be one such that most of the necessary equipment required for cremation is sold in one package. Field assembly should be minimal; the unit should be pre-tested, pre-plumbed, and pre-wired at a factory. The unit shall be of the controlled atmosphere design, consisting of a primary chamber, controls, and burners. The unit may also consist of a secondary chamber and refractory lined stacks. Details of the unit’s volumes, dimensions and other requirements shall be accessible through manufacturer’s data, maintenance manuals and/or operating instructions.

A crematory incinerator located at an agricultural facility and used solely for agricultural cremation does not qualify for coverage under this registration permit.

  1. A newly constructed crematory incinerator must provide a copy of a stack test performed on an identical unit within the last five years, or the facility may be required to perform a source test of its unit in accordance with S.C. Regulation 61-62.1, Section IV, "Source Tests".
  2. Each crematory incinerator is allowed to use natural gas, propane, diesel, or a Department approved fuel.
  3. The combined rated heat input of each crematory incinerator’s primary and secondary chambers shall be less than 10 x 106 BTU/hr.
  4. The crematory incinerator(s) shall only process human or animal remains and associated materials. The incinerator(s) shall not process Hospital / Medical / Infectious Waste as defined in S.C. Regulation 61-62.1, Section I including but not limited to:
    1. Human/animal carcasses or bedding that has been exposed to or contaminated with pathogens in research or in the production of pharmaceuticals;
    2. Sharps; or
    3. Human/animal remains that were known to have been exposed to infectious agents during research, isolation wastes or any other waste that could be defined as hospital/medical/infectious waste per 40 CFR 60 Subpart Ec and S.C. Regulation 61-62.60, Subpart Ec.
  5. No crematory operation shall be potentially major for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Nonattainment New Source Review (NA NSR), or Title V (TV) emissions.
Copy of the Permit:
Registration Permit for Crematory 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.**
Additional Resources
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.