Wood Working 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.
Wood Working Operations
Wood working operation means any operation involving the generation of small wood waste particles (shavings, sanderdust, sawdust, etc.) by any kind of mechanical manipulation of wood or wood byproducts. It includes, but is not limited to, sawing, planing, chipping, shaping, moulding, hogging, lathing and sanding and all applicable control devices such as baghouses, cyclones, and portable dust collectors or any internal combustion engines that may be used to power the wood working equipment. Additionally, it covers any wood working waste transfer or collection units such as silos, cyclones, trailers, conveyors, etc. Some wood working facilities also conduct surface finishing. This permit also covers the surface finishing of woods and all applicable finishing materials, control devices such as paint booth filters, cartridges, etc, and dryers, burn-off and curing ovens that may be used during the drying process. Sources that conduct onsite lumber or chip drying prior to machining can not be permitted under this registration permit.
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.