On December 10, 2020, DHEC received a construction permit application from Effingham Pellets, LLC to construct and operate a wood pellet manufacturing facility capable of processing dried wood shavings into wood pellets with a production capacity of 45,625 oven dried tons per year (ODT/yr). The facility will consist of dry shavings handling and storage, one dry hammermill, one pellet box (including pellet mill and pellet cooler), pellet handling and storage, a pellet silo, one fabric filter, and one cyclonic separator. The filter and separator are used to capture product and are integral to the process. No additional air pollution control devices will be used. More information about the project can be found here.
Emissions generated by this facility as a result of the proposed project will include:
- Particulate Matter (PM);
- Particulate Matter less than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10);
- Particulate Matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5);
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); and
- Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).
Estimates of potential emissions do not exceed the major source threshold for any pollutants for the Title V operating permit program; therefore, the facility will be classified as a minor source of emissions. Documents used in the BAQ permitting process are available below and include the draft permit and draft statement of basis:
The public notice is available on our agency’s website here.
Community Engagement is an important component of the environmental permitting process that provides DHEC with valuable input from nearby communities and allows us to hear comments, concerns and questions before a final permit decision is made. The input that DHEC staff receives from community members can result in additional review, research and consideration of issues unique to a specific site or facility by DHEC staff. For communities that are impacted by a regulated facility our Community Engagement activities often continue after our formal public comment period closes.
As part of the permitting process, DHEC engages surrounding communities and the general public prior to making a final permit decision in order to:
- Provide information about proposed environmental activities in their communities;
- Give community members and other interested parties an opportunity to submit relevant information to DHEC for consideration prior to making a final permit decision; and
- Provide an opportunity to bring other concerns to the attention of DHEC and the applicant.
DHEC values all comments received during the permitting process and is committed to addressing and considering all relevant information prior to making a final permit decision. Public input is an important part of the permitting process and sometimes results in changes to permit conditions and operational practices if a permit is issued.
Virtual Public Hearing – June 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm
DHEC’s Bureau of Air Quality held a virtual public hearing on June 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm to discuss the draft permit and statement of basis outlining this proposed project and applicable regulations. At this hearing, DHEC staff will provide a technical presentation and accept oral comments. The presentation and a recording of the hearing are available below:
- Effingham Pellets Public Hearing Presentation - June 17, 2021
- Effingham Pellets Public Hearing Recording - June 17, 2021
How to Submit Comments
Comments made during the public hearing will be recorded and transcribed by a court reporter. Written comments will also be accepted through July 1, 2021, and should be submitted to:
BAQ Public Notice Coordinator
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
What to Expect After the Public Comment Period
Comments on the draft air construction permit will be accepted by DHEC through close of business on July 1, 2021. All comments received by the end of the notice period, will be considered when making a decision to approve, disapprove, or modify the draft permit. Once a final decision is made by DHEC, this webpage will be updated and everyone on DHEC’s mailing list for Effingham Pellets will be notified. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please complete the registration form.
Questions about community engagement in DHEC's BAQ permitting processes may be directed to:
Technical questions about the draft air construction permit may be directed to:
Local DHEC Contacts
To speak with local DHEC staff, please contact our Florence Regional Environmental Affairs Office at (843) 661-4858.
For information on current or previous sites of public interest, visit DHEC's Environmental Sites of Interest webpage.