129 Neb. Admin. Code, ch. 8, § 011 - Permit-by-Rule for Small Animal Incinerators

For purposes of this regulation, a small animal incinerator has a maximum design burning capacity of 200 lbs/hr, is used to burn animal remains and is comprised of a dual-chamber design, consisting of a primary charging chamber and a secondary chamber (or afterburner) with burners located in each chamber. The minimum stack height is seven feet above ground. Small animal incinerators approved to be constructed or operated pursuant to the provisions of this chapter will comply with Sections 001 through 009 above, Chapter 14, Sections 001 through 006, and each of the following.

011.01 Production Limits. Limits on incineration may not exceed the incineration rate, in lbs/hr, specified by the manufacturer, as measured by using the following:
011.01A Where the weight of the load is estimated, the incineration period will last for the maximum duration in hours specified by the manufacturer for a full load.
011.01B Where the weight of the load is known, the incineration period will be at least an amount of time equivalent to the weight of the load, in pounds, divided by the manufacturer's design incineration rate in lbs/hr.
011.02 Fuel. Heat will be provided by the combustion of natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, or distillate oil. The sulfur content of distillate oil may not exceed 0.05% by weight.
011.03 Materials Incinerated. Incineration will be limited to deceased animals and medical/infectious waste. Medical/infectious waste may not exceed 10% by weight of all waste incinerated in any single load. Medical/infectious wastes that may be incinerated include sharps that have been used in animal care or treatment, unused sharps, and carcasses, parts, or bedding of animals known to have been exposed to infectious agents.
011.04 Opacity. The opacity of visible emissions from the stack will not equal or exceed 20% as evaluated by Method 9 in Appendix A of 40 CFR Part 60 in accordance with 40 CFR 60.92(a) (2) and Chapter 15, Section 001.04.
011.05 Temperature. The temperature of the secondary chamber, as indicated by a temperature measuring device, will not be less than 1400° Fahrenheit with a minimum residence time of 0.5 seconds in which waste gases are released from the charged primary chamber.
011.06 Particulate matter caused by the combustion of fuel will not be emitted in excess of the hourly rate of 0.60 pounds of particulate matter per million British thermal units total heat input, in accordance with Chapter 15, Section 001.02.
011.07 Particulate matter will not be allowed to become airborne in such quantities and concentrations that it remains visible in the ambient air beyond the premises where it originates, in accordance with Chapter 15, Section 003.01.
011.07A Routine observations (at least once each day of operation) will be conducted to determine whether particulate matter is becoming airborne in such quantities and concentrations that it remains visible in ambient air. Corrective action will be taken immediately if necessary.
011.08 Maintenance. The incinerator will be properly maintained at all times, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
011.09 Record keeping. The owner or operator of the facility will maintain on-site records as follows, for a minimum of five years:
011.09A Inspection and maintenance records to ensure equipment is properly operated and well maintained. Such records will, at a minimum, include the following:
011.09A1 Records documenting the type of materials incinerated during each charge, the weight of medical/infectious waste included in each charge, the total weight of each charge (estimated or actual), and the duration of each main burner operating cycle. The duration of an operating cycle is defined as the period of time starting at the initial charge after the preheat period and ending after all material in the final charge of the operating cycle is combusted; and, when the incineration period is less than the maximum period specified by the manufacturer, calculation of the incineration rate for each charge. The incineration rate is calculated by dividing the weight of each charge by the duration of each main burner operating cycle.
011.09A2 Records documenting the sulfur content of distillate fuel, if used.
011.09A3 Records documenting when routine maintenance and preventive actions were performed with a description of the maintenance and/or preventive action performed;
011.09A4 Records documenting equipment failures, malfunctions, or other variations, including time of occurrence, remedial action taken, and the time and date when corrections were made.
011.09B Records documenting routine observations conducted and any corrective action taken to determine compliance with 011.07A.
011.10 Records Availability. Upon request, the owner or operator will provide Department personnel access to, or copies of, the records required under this chapter.
011.11 Startup Notification. The owner or operator of a source approved to construct, reconstruct or modify and operate a small animal incinerator under the provisions of this chapter will notify the Department of the actual date of startup within 15 calendar days after such date.
011.12 Performance Testing. The owner or operator of a source must conduct performance testing to demonstrate compliance with Sections 011.04 and 011.06 and with Chapter 14, Section 002, except the Director may waive performance testing provided that the owner or operator submits adequate documentation and emission test results of an animal incinerator identical or similar to the one proposed.


129 Neb. Admin. Code, ch. 8, § 011
Amended effective 6/24/2019 Amended effective 9/28/2022

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