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General Environmental Events in Georgia


Wood Pellet Industry

SIC Code: 519999 NAICS Code: 32111353

Georgia is home to nearly 170 wood using manufacturing companies spread throughout the state.1 Biomass/wood pellet product manufacturing is a natural fit, with producers capitalizing on Georgia’s forest resources, geographic location and cutting-edge research facilities.


Georgia has seven operational wood pellet plants in operation (January 2016).2

Typical feedstock for pellet plants in Georgia include:

  • Pine tree logs

  • Hardwood/wood bark/wood chips (usually smaller plants)

  • Sawdust from sawmills (less emissions with dried sawdust )

  • Peanut shells

  • Processed wood scraps

Typical emissions such as nitrous oxides(NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide CO), particulate matter PM) are a result of wood residue burning, and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds VOC's) are generated from a pellet furnace which is used as the drying equipment for the pellets during the process of wood pellet manufacturing.

Due to these potential emissions an Air Quality permit may be required for your operations if emissions of air pollutants exceed permit exemption limits.


Regulatory Information and Factsheets

Wood Pellet Manufacturing Permitting and Compliance

All wood pellet plants will likely need an air quality permit to construct and operate. The type of permit you are issued will depend on the capacity of your plant.

In all cases, you will need to complete the applicable SIP Permitting Forms and submit them to the Air Protection Branch.

Compliance issues were encountered during inspections by EPD during the early years of wood pellet manufacturing in Georgia. Typical issues included the following:

  • Application submitted late
  • Start-up notification not submitted
  • High visible emissions (VE), CO and VOC test results
  • Performance test not performed or test results submitted late
  • Oxygen monitor not installed
  • Lack of records available during inspection
  • Semi-annual report not submitted
  • Methanol or formaldehyde levels exceeded permit limits
  • ESP, RTO, and O2 monitors excursions noted
  • Operating without a permit
  • Temperature range was not established
  • Modifications without submittal of request for permit modification

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Georgia Power Community & Economic Development, (Last Updated December 2014)



Manny Patel, Manager, VOC Permitting Unit, Stationary Source Permitting Program, Air Protection Branch, Georgia Environmental Protection Division. (Last Updated March 2, 2016)