Crematories

Overview

EMAP has compiled information to help current and prospective owners of human or animal crematoriums better understand regulatory concerns and compliance.

A crematory is an establishment containing an incinerator used for cremation of human or animal remains.

Air Quality Permits

All crematories will need an air quality permit of some sort before installation of each cremation unit to operate the crematory in compliance with Pennsylvania DEP requirements.

A general permit (BAQ-GPA/GP-14) is available for crematories as long as the terms and conditions are successfully met. The terms and conditions for the general permit may be accessed here.

Application instructions for the GP-14 may be accessed here.

If the conditions in the general permit cannot be met, then an application for Plan Approval, and later an Operating Permit, should be submitted.

Application wait times once submitted could be around 1 month for a General Permit and up to 6 months for a Plan Approval.

Ongoing Operating Requirments

Operating a crematory in Pennsylvania also requires a number of ongoing recordkeeping, work practice standards, and operating training. It is important to note these requirements exist, and each crematory owner/operator should be familiar with these requirements in order to operate.

The work practice standards under the General Permit include requirements for charging the unit at certain temperature thresholds as well as standards for use of the interlock system. These standards change depending on whether or not the construction of your unit was before or after April 17, 1989.