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Environmental Management Assistance Program


A human and pet crematory is a facility containing one or more combustion units, known as cremators or cremation units, used solely for the cremation of human and pet remains within appropriate containers.

Air Quality Permits for Crematories

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.

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.

Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.