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MDE Public Hearings, Meetings and Request for Comments

The complete listing of MDE public meetings and hearings is posted in the MDE Calendar.  Please call or email contact person cited in the meeting details for any questions or to send a comment. Public hearings, meetings, and request for comments related to Maryland environmental regulations are also posted at the Air Regulations, Water Regulations and Land Regulations sections of this website. 

 

New! Notice of Public Hearing on the Consent Agreement and “NOx Averaging Plan” for Raven Power, a Revision to Maryland’s State Implementation Plan

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing reviewing the 2016 Consent Agreement with the “NOx Averaging Plan” between the Department and Raven Power Fort Smallwood, LLC which is proposed as a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision.  This Consent Agreement will replace the existing Consent Order dated April 16, 2001 (with Maryland SIP #01-05) and the Consent Order dated October 24, 2012.

The public hearing will be held on May 19, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters located at 1800 Washington Boulevard, First Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230. The public hearing will be held as required by federal law under the Clean Air Act. After consideration of comments received, the SIP will be finalized and submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
Copies of the document can be viewed at the offices of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at (410) 537-3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-(800) 735-2258.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on May 19, 2016.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov


 New! Notice of Public Hearing on Air Quality Plan

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) gives notice of a public hearing concerning Revision to the Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets for the Washington DC-MD-VA 1997 Annual Primary PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

A public hearing will be held on: Monday, April 4, 2016, at the Montgomery County Planning Department, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 – Auditorium – 11:00 A.M.

For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:
Molly Berger
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-3234
Email: molly.berger@maryland.gov

 

 New! Notice of public hearing/comment period to Repeal and amend COMAR to reflect changes to 40 CFR 97 Subparts AAAAA – CCCCC

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Repeal and amend COMAR to reflect changes to 40 CFR 97 Subparts AAAAA – CCCCC.  The purpose of this action is to remove references to an expired federal program (CAIR), and direct affected sources, and certain sources which can use NOx ozone season allowances as an alternative method to achieve compliance, to the current federal emission trading program located in 40 CFR 97 Subparts AAAAA – CCCCC.  This action amends the definition of “NOx Ozone Season Allowance” to reference the current federal trading program. This action also modifies text in COMAR 26.11.14.07C & D

  • Repeal Chapter COMAR 26.11.28 Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) program, all Regulations .01 - .08.
  • Amend definition of COMAR 26.11.01.01B(24-1);
  • Amend COMAR 26.11.14.07C(1) by removing reference to COMAR 26.11.28; and
  • Amend COMAR 26.11.14.07D(1)(a) by removing the word “certified”.

The regulatory action listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed actions will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on February 5, 2016.

Click here to view the Fact Sheet (FS) for associated with these actions.

A public hearing on this action will be held on March 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on March 9, 2016.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

 

 New! Notice of public hearing/comment period to Amend regulation .06 under COMAR 26.11.10 Control of Iron and Steel Production Installations.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Amend regulation .06 under COMAR 26.11.10 Control of Iron and Steel Production Installations.  The purpose of this action is to update COMAR 26.11.10.06C(3)(b) to remove the reference to the discontinued Technical Memorandum (TM) 90-01 "Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEM) Policies and Procedures" and add a reference to COMAR 26.11.01.11- Continuous Emission Monitoring Requirements.

The regulatory action listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on February 5, 2016.

Click here to view the Fact Sheet (FS) for COMAR 26.11.10.06 Amendment

A public hearing on this action will be held on March 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on March 9, 2016.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

 

Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the proposed action to Adopt new Regulations .01 — .08 under a new chapter, COMAR 26.11.39 Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Adopt new Regulations .01 — .08 under a new chapter, COMAR 26.11.39 Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings. The purpose of this action is to establish new volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits and standards for a variety of architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings made available for sale and use in Maryland.

The regulatory actions listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on January 22, 2016.


Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD) for COMAR 26.11.39 AIM Coatings

A public hearing on this action will be held on February 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on February 22, 2016.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

 

  Notice of Public Hearing on the Maryland State Implementation Plan for Clean Air Act Section 128 for all National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing Clean Air Act Section 128 requirements for all National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest by State boards and agency heads that approve permits or enforcement orders.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets NAAQS for six principal air pollutants known as “criteria” pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide.

The public hearing will be held on February 1, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters located at 1800 Washington Boulevard, First Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.
The public hearing will be held as required by federal law (Clean Air Act at 42 U.S.C. 7410 (a) and 40 CFR 51.102).
After consideration of comments received, the plan will be finalized and submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The proposed plan document has been made available on the Maryland Department of the Environment's website at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/AirQualityPlanning/Pages/programs/airprograms/air_planning/index.aspx
Note: the public library systems in the region can be used for Internet access to view the document.

Copies of the document can be viewed at the offices of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, contact Molla Sarros at (410) 537-4180.

Comments may be sent to Molla Sarros, Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, MD, 21230; emailed to Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov; or faxed to (410) 537-4223, attn: Molla Sarros. Comments must be received by 5:00 P.M. on February 1, 2016, or be submitted at the hearing.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at (410) 537-3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-(800) 735-2258.

For more information, contact Molla Sarros at (410) 537-4180 (Toll free in Maryland call 1-(800) 633-6101 ext. 4180) or via email at Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov.

 

  Amendments to Regulations .01 & .10 under COMAR 26.11.01 General Administrative Provisions and Regulations .01, .04, .07 & .08 under COMAR 26.11.08 Control of Incinerators

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Amendments to Regulations .01 & .10 under COMAR 26.11.01 General Administrative Provisions and Regulations .01, .04, .07 & .08 under COMAR 26.11.08 Control of Incinerators to clarify requirements for incinerators and Portland cement plants that demonstrate compliance with visible emissions (VE) standards through use of continuous opacity monitors (COMS), and delete the applicability of the Department’s Technical Memorandum 90-01 (TM) for incinerators equipped with COMS. In addition, the amendments will exempt incinerators that are 1) owned or operated by a government entity and 2) used solely to destroy illegal or prohibited goods from COMAR 26.11.08 requirements.
The regulatory actions listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register on November 13, 2015 at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html


Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD).

A public hearing on this action will be held on December 14, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on December 14, 2015.

New! Click here for MDE's response to comments received.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

 

  Amendments to Regulation .10 under COMAR 26.11.21 Control of Asbestos.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public comment period concerning the following proposed action:
Amendments to Regulation .10 under COMAR 26.11.21 Control of Asbestos.
 
The primary purpose of these amendments is to eliminate the asbestos license fee for businesses that employ two or less employees and reduce the license fee for businesses that employ three or more employees.
The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register on October 16, 2015 at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html.
 
All comments must be received by 5 pm on November 16, 2015.
For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223 
 
Amend Regulation .01, amend and recodify existing Regulations .04 and .05 to be Regulations .05 and .06, and adopt new Regulations .04 and .07 under COMAR 26.11.38 Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Amend Regulation .01, amend and recodify existing Regulations .04 and .05 to be Regulations .05 and .06, and adopt new Regulations .04 and .07 under COMAR 26.11.38 Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units. The purpose of the regulation amendments and new regulations is to establish new nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standards for coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs) in Maryland. The proposed regulations establish four options to achieve NOx emission reductions by the 2020 ozone season.

The purpose of the regulation amendments and new regulations is to establish new nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standards for coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs) in Maryland. The proposed regulations establish four options to achieve NOx emission reductions by the 2020 ozone season.

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register on September 18, 2015 at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html

Click here for Technical Support Document (TSD)

A public hearing on this action will be held on October 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720. When attending the hearing to present your commentary for the record, we ask if you would be so kind as to bring a copy to hand to the court recorder. All attendees will be requested to sign-in.

All comments must be received by 5 pm on October 23, 2015.

New! Click here for MDE's response to comments received.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223


  Amendments to Regulations.01, .01-1, .02, .03, .04, and .07 new Regulation .03-1 under COMAR 26.11.24 Vapor Recovery at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Amendments to Regulations .01, .01-1, .02, .03, .04, and .07 new Regulation .03-1 under COMAR 26.11.24 Vapor Recovery at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities. The primary purpose of this action is to allow new gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) and GDFs undergoing major modifications the option to choose not to install or decommission existing Stage II vapor recovery equipment. Existing GDFs may decommission Stage II vapor recovery equipment after October 1, 2016.

This action will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The public hearing will also cover the Department’s 110(l) demonstration to EPA. The 110(l) refers to the Clean Air Act requirement under section 110 titled “State implementation plans for national primary and secondary ambient air quality standards” and section (l) titled “Plan Revisions”. The Department’s 110(l) demonstration details how decommissioning of Stage II vapor recovery requirements in Maryland will not interfere with ozone attainment requirements of the Clean Air Act.

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register on September 4, 2015 at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html.

Click here for Technical Support Document. Click here for the Maryland 110(l) SIP Revision.

A public hearing on this action will be held on October 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720. When attending the hearing to present your commentary for the record please bring a written copy for the court recorder. All attendees will be requested to sign-in.

All comments must be received by 5 pm on October 5, 2015.

New! Click here for MDE's response to comments received.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

 

  Amendments to Regulations .07, .11, and .12 under COMAR 26.11.02 Permits, Approvals, and Registration

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Amendments to Regulations .07, .11, and .12 under COMAR 26.11.02 Permits, Approvals, and Registration. The primary purpose of these amendments is to implement the new statutory requirements of Senate Bill 1065 which were effective on January 1, 2010.  The amendments also incorporate requirements of House Bill 554 and House Bill 95, both of which were effective October 1, 2013.

This action will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register on September 4, 2015 at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html.

Click here for Fact Sheet

A public hearing on this action will be held on October 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720. When attending the hearing to present your commentary for the record please bring a written copy for the court recorder. All attendees will be requested to sign-in.

All comments must be received by 5 pm on October 6, 2015.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223 
 

  Amendments to Regulation .26 and new Regulation .26-1 under COMAR 26.11.19 Volatile Organic Compounds

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Amendments to Regulation .26 and new Regulation .26-1 under COMAR 26.11.19 Volatile Organic Compounds from Specific Processes to adopt new volatile organic compound (VOC) limits, standards for application methods, and work practice requirements which are consistent with the most recent EPA Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) recommendations applicable to fiberglass boat manufacturing. The new Regulation .26-1 affects manufacturers of fiberglass boats. COMAR 26.11.19.26 Control of Volatile Organic Compounds from Reinforced Plastic Manufacturing is amended to exempt fiberglass boat manufacturing.

The regulatory actions listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register on June 26, 2015 at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html

Click here to view the Fact Sheet.

A public hearing on this action will be held on July 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on July 28, 2015.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223
  

 Request for Public Comments on Intent to Seek Priority Funding Exception for Sewage Connections

MDE intends to seek a Priority Funding Area exception for two churches in Worcester County (i.e., Community Church of Ocean Pines and St. John Neumann Catholic Church) to connect to the Ocean Pines wastewater treatment plant using Bay Restoration Funds.  Click here for details. Please email comments to jag.khuman@maryland.gov.  All comments must be received by July 15, 2015.
 

New Regulations .01-.05 under COMAR 26.11.38 - Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed actions:

New Regulations .01 - .05 under COMAR 26.11.38 Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units to establish restrictive NOx emission standards and additional monitoring and reporting requirements for coal-fired electric generating units in Maryland in order to satisfy the requirements of § 182 of the federal Clean Air Act, and help achieve attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone.

The regulatory actions listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register on May 29, 2015 at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD).

A public hearing on this action will be held on June 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on June 29, 2015.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223
 

 Request for Comments on 2016 Annual Ambient air Monitoring Network Plan

MDE is accepting public comments on the 2016 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan until June 23, 2015. This year the network plan includes the 5-year network assessment. The plan will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by July 1, 2016 for review and approval. The plan is subject to a 30-day public inspection period before formal submission and it can be downloaded here.  All comments must be received by the end of the business day on June 23, 2015.

Submit comments with "Annual Network Plan" as the subject line to:
Ms. Janice Lafon
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 730
Baltimore, MD 21230-1720
Email: Janice.Lafon@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-537-3280
 

 Emergency Action for New Regulations .01-.05 under COMAR 26.11.38 - Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units in effect from May 1, 2015 to Oct. 26, 2015.

The Regulations are attached here.

 Public Hearing/Comment Period Concerning Proposed Amendments to COMAR 26.11.29 and 26.11.30

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed actions:

Amendments to Regulation .01 - .05 under COMAR 26.11.29 Control of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas Pipeline Compression Stations to maintain and consolidate NOx emission requirements for internal combustion engines used to compress natural gas located at natural gas pipeline compression stations. The NOx emission requirements were established under the NOx SIP Call for affected nontrading sources.

Adopt new Regulations .01 — .08 under a new chapter, COMAR 26.11.30 Control of Portland Cement Manufacturing Plants to create a separate chapter applicable to Portland Cement Manufacturing Plants containing requirements unique to them. The new chapter combines existing requirements in COMAR 26.11.01, .06, and .29 regarding NOx, SOx, visible emissions, and particulate matter that apply to Portland cement manufacturing plants into one chapter.

The regulatory actions listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on April 17, 2015.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD) for COMAR 26.11.29 Control of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas Pipeline Compression Stations.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD) for COMAR 26.11.30 Control of Portland Cement Manufacturing Plants.

A public hearing on this action will be held on May 19, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on May 19, 2015.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

Public Hearing/Comment Period Concerning Proposed Amendments to COMAR 26.11.29 and 26.11.30

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed actions:

Amendments to Regulation .01 - .05 under COMAR 26.11.29 Control of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas Pipeline Compression Stations to maintain and consolidate NOx emission requirements for internal combustion engines used to compress natural gas located at natural gas pipeline compression stations. The NOx emission requirements were established under the NOx SIP Call for affected nontrading sources.

Adopt new Regulations .01 — .08 under a new chapter, COMAR 26.11.30 Control of Portland Cement Manufacturing Plants to create a separate chapter applicable to Portland Cement Manufacturing Plants containing requirements unique to them. The new chapter combines existing requirements in COMAR 26.11.01, .06, and .29 regarding NOx, SOx, visible emissions, and particulate matter that apply to Portland cement manufacturing plants into one chapter.

 The regulatory actions listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revisions to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on April 17, 2015.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD) for COMAR 26.11.29 Control of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas Pipeline Compression Stations.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD) for COMAR 26.11.30 Control of Portland Cement Manufacturing Plants.

A public hearing on this action will be held on May 19, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on May 19, 2015.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

 Base Year 2011 Emissions Inventory (Washington DC-MD-VA 2008 Ozone NAAQS Nonattainment Area)

A public hearing regarding the “Base Year 2011 Emissions Inventory (Washington DC-MD-VA 2008 Ozone NAAQS Nonattainment Area)” will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Montgomery County Planning Department, Regional Office at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 -- First Floor Media Room -- 10:00 A.M.
 

 The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of a public meeting on the proposed amendments to water quality standards regulations:

Amendments to Regulations Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.08.01 General; Regulations .01, .02, .02-1, .03-2, .03-3, .04, .04-1, .07, .08, and .11 under COMAR 26.08.02 Water Quality; and Regulations .02-1 and .04 under COMAR 26.08.04 Permits.

  • The purpose of this action is to revise water quality standards as a result of the Triennial Review process.
  • Add a definition.
  • Correct an error in the description of Water Quality Standards.
  • Update numeric toxics criteria.
  • Change the term “Use” to “Class” to better characterize the combination of waterbody type and designated uses given to each waterbody.
  • Update the list of “Tier II” (high quality) waters.
  • Amend designated uses which reflect existing uses.
  • Standardize the coordinate system for describing locations of waterbodies.

Click here to visit Water Quality Standards page.

A public meeting on these actions will be held on January 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Please contact John Backus 410-537-3965 if you plan to attend.
 

 Public Hearing Concerning the Baltimore Nonattainment Area PM2.5 Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing concerning the Baltimore Nonattainment Area PM2.5 Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan on Monday, October 7, 2013, at the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 – First Floor Conference Room – 1:00 P.M.

 Public Hearing Concerning the Washington County, MD Nonattainment Area PM2.5 Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing concerning the Washington County, MD Nonattainment Area PM2.5 Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the Washington County Planning Department, Washington County Administrative Annex, 80 West Baltimore Street, Hagerstown, Maryland  21740 – 1:30 P.M.

  Public Hearing/Comment Period Concerning Proposed Changes to COMAR 26.09 Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of a public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed changes to COMAR 26.09 Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program:

(1) amendments to Regulations .02 and .03 under COMAR 26.09.01 General Administrative Provisions;
(2) amendments to Regulations .03, .05, and .07 under COMAR 26.09.02 Applicability, Determining Compliance, and Allowance Distribution;
(3) Amendments to Regulations .01, .02, .04, .05, and .09 under COMAR 26.09.03 Offset Projects; and
(4) new Regulation .06 and recodify existing Regulation .06 - .13 to become Regulations .07 - .14 under COMAR 26.09.04 Auctions.

The purpose of this action is to amend regulations COMAR 26.09, Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program, with program improvements developed in conjunction with other participating states during the 2012 Comprehensive Region Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Program Review. This proposed action includes the following revisions:

1. A reduction in the Maryland CO2 emissions budget;
2. Adjustments to the emissions budget through 2020 to offset the large private bank of allowances to ensure a binding cap;
3. Adoption of a new mechanism, the Cost Containment Reserve (CCR), to reduce price volatility in the allowance market;
4. The addition of an interim compliance period;
5. The addition of new “minimum reserve price” and “long term contract price” definitions;
6. Replacement of the existing afforestation offset protocol with a new, more inclusive, forest offset protocol;
7. Revisions to other definitions.

Download Technical Support Document

The full text of these regulatory changes will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on July 26, 2013.

A public hearing will be held on these regulatory changes on August 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5 pm on August 28, 2013.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Deborah Rabin, Regulations Coordinator, Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-3240
Email: debbie.rabin@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223
 

 Public hearing concerning the Baltimore Serious Nonattainment Area 0.08 ppm 8-Hour Ozone State Implementation Plan Demonstrating Rate of Progress for 2008, 2011 and 2012 Revision to 2002 Base Year Emissions; and Serious Area Attainment Demonstration

Draft for Public Comment
Appendices A-E
    Appendices A Projection Year Emissions Inventories
    Appendix C Regulatory Support Information
    Appendix D RACM Measures List
    Appendix E Mobile Budget Documentation
Appendix F Attainment Demonstration
    F1-F11
    F13-14
Appendix B  - Reasonable Further Progress Calculations - Not available for download -- Please contact Mary Jane Rutkowski at (410) 537-3240.
Appendix F12 - CMAQ Model Performance Performance Data and Documentation Not available for download -- Please contact Mary Jane Rutkowski at (410) 537-3240.
Date: June 18, 2013

A public hearing will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 – First Floor Conference Room – 2:00 P.M.

On February 1, 2012 (effective March 2, 2012) EPA reclassified the Baltimore, Maryland Nonattainment Area as a "serious" nonattainment area. As a serious nonattainment area for 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), the Baltimore region is required to meet the requirements defined in the Clean Air Act, Section 182 (d) and to submit a revised serious area SIP by September 30, 2012.

The Serious Area Attainment Plan describes the progress being made to improve air quality in the Baltimore Nonattainment Area and the efforts underway to assure that all necessary steps are taken to reach the federal health standard for ground-level ozone by 2012. The plan has been prepared by the Maryland Department of the Environment Air and Radiation Management Administration to comply with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) and with EPA requirements for the Baltimore region as stated in EPA’s reclassification of the Baltimore region (77 Fed. Reg. 4901, February 1, 2012).

The public hearing will be held as required by federal law (Clean Air Act at 42 U.S.C. 7410 (a) and 40 CFR 51.102). After consideration of comments received, the plan will be finalized and submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval. Note: the public library systems in the region can be used for Internet access to view the document.

Copies of the document can be viewed at the offices of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, contact Mary Jane Rutkowski at (410) 537-3240.

Comments may be sent to Mary Jane Rutkowski, Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, MD, 21230; emailed to MaryJane.Rutkowski@Maryland.gov; or faxed to (410) 537-3203,
attn: Mary Jane Rutkowski. Comments must be received by 5:00 P.M. on July 19, 2013, or be submitted at the hearing.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at (410) 537-3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-(800) 735-2258.

For more information, contact Mary Jane Rutkowski at (410) 537-3240 (Toll free in Maryland call

1-(800) 633-6101 ext. 3240), or via email at MaryJane.Rutkowski@Maryland.gov 

 Notice of Public Hearing on the Maryland State Implementation Plan for Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2) for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Section 128 for all National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing implementation, maintenance, and enforcement measures for the 2010, 100 ppb 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).  This SIP also addresses the requirements for all criteria pollutants’ NAAQS in relation to state boards and agency heads, and disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.

The public hearing will be held on June 12, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters located at 1800 Washington Boulevard, First Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.

The public hearing will be held as required by federal law (Clean Air Act at 42 U.S.C. 7410 (a) and 40 CFR 51.102).

After consideration of comments received, the plan will be finalized and submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The proposed plan document has been made available on the Maryland Department of the Environment's website at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/AirQualityPlanning/Pages/programs/airprograms/air_planning/index.aspx
Note: the public library systems in the region can be used for Internet access to view the document.

Copies of the document can be viewed at the offices of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland.  For more information, contact Molla Sarros at (410) 537-3240.

Comments may be sent to Molla Sarros, Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, MD, 21230; emailed to Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov; or faxed to (410) 537-3203, attn: Molla Sarros. Comments must be received by 5:00 P.M. on June 12, 2013, or be submitted at the hearing.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at (410) 537-3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-(800) 735-2258.

For more information, contact Molla Sarros at (410) 537-3240 (Toll free in Maryland call 1-(800) 633-6101 ext. 3240) or via email at Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov
 

 Notice of Public Hearing on the Maryland State Implementation Plan for Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2) for Lead (Pb)

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing implementation, maintenance, and enforcement measures for the 2008, 0.15 µg/m3, lead (Pb) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).  This SIP is an addendum to SIP 12-09, dated December 12, 2012, which MDE submitted to EPA on January 3, 2013.

The public hearing will be held on June 12, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters located at 1800 Washington Boulevard, First Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.

The public hearing will be held as required by federal law (Clean Air Act at 42 U.S.C. 7410 (a) and 40 CFR 51.102).

After consideration of comments received, the plan will be finalized and submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The proposed plan document has been made available on the Maryland Department of the Environment's website at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/AirQualityPlanning/Pages/programs/airprograms/air_planning/index.aspx
Note: the public library systems in the region can be used for Internet access to view the document.

Copies of the document can be viewed at the offices of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland.  For more information, contact Molla Sarros at (410) 537-3240.

Comments may be sent to Molla Sarros, Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, MD, 21230; emailed to Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov; or faxed to (410) 537-3203, attn: Molla Sarros. Comments must be received by 5:00 P.M. on June 12, 2013, or be submitted at the hearing.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at (410) 537-3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-(800) 735-2258.

For more information, contact Molla Sarros at (410) 537-3240 (Toll free in Maryland call 1-(800) 633-6101 ext. 3240) or via email at Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov.
 

 Notice of Public Hearing concerning the proposed Maryland Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan State Implementation Plan (SIP)

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing the 1997 PM25 NAAQS national ambient air quality standard for fine particulate matter.  Due to the improvement of PM2.5 air quality, the Washington DC-MD-VA nonattainment area is currently operating under a clean data determination (74 FR, 1146, 1/12/2009).  Maryland proposes that USEPA redesignate the area to attainment for the PM2.5 standard as well as concurrently approve the maintenance pan for PM2.5

The public hearing will be held on February 19, 2013 at 10:00 am at the
Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Montgomery County Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Room location: 1st Floor Auditorium

The public hearing will be held as required by federal law (Clean Air Act at 42 U.S.C. 7410 (a) and 40 CFR 51.102).

After consideration of comments received, the plan will be finalized and submitted to the United State Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The proposed plan document has been made available on the Maryland Department of the Environment's website
http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/AirQualityPlanning/Pages/programs/airprograms/air_planning/index.aspx

or the web page of the Metropoloitan Washington Council of Governments at

http://www.mwcog.org/environment/air/downloads/PM/default.asp

Note: the public library systems in Maryland can be used for Internet access to view the document.  An electronic copy of the document can also be obtained writing to Randall Carroll at  Randall.Carroll@maryland.gov. The public library systems in the region can be used for Internet access to view the document.  Copies of the document can be viewed at the Maryland Department of the Environment Office, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland - Contact: Randall Carroll.

Comments may be presented at the hearing, mailed, emailed, or faxed to Randall Carroll, Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21230,
Fax # 410-537-3202, Randall.Carroll@maryland.gov.

The comments must be received before close of business on February 19, 2013.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at 410-537-3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 410-537-4396.

For more information contact Randall Carroll at (410) 537-3252 (Toll free in Maryland call (800) 633-6101 ext. 3252) or Randall.Carroll@maryland.gov

Public Notice of a Response Action Plan and Public Informational Meeting for 2 East Wells Street Propety

The 2 East Wells Street Property located at 2 East Wells Street and 1800 and 1802 Patapsco Street in Baltimore, Maryland 21230 has been accepted into Maryland’s Voluntary Cleanup Program. A proposed response action plan (RAP) has been submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for approval. The RAP proposes an environmental containment remedy and implementation of a groundwater use restriction to address metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soil at the Site. This RAP is based upon future use of the property for residential purposes.

Participant: Wells CRP Building, LLC, 4750 Owings Mills Boulevard, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Property: 2 East Wells Street Property - 1.63-acre property at 2 East Wells Street and 1800 and 1802 Patapsco Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, Ward 23, Section 9, Block 1030, Lots 82, 87 and 88

Public Informational Meeting: February 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm, Light Street Branch Library, 1251 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Use of library meeting space does not constitute endorsement of this organization, this program or its content by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Any person wishing to request further information or make comments regarding the proposed RAP must do so in writing. Comments or requests should be submitted to the attention of the Voluntary Cleanup Program project manager, Mr. Chris Hartman, at the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 625, Baltimore, Maryland 21230; telephone 410-537-3493.

All comments and requests must be received by the Department in writing no later than February 18, 2013.  

Notice of Public Hearings on Tentative Determination to reissue NPDES General Discharge Permits: MDG34 and MDG91 and Opportunity to Request a Public Hearing

Fact sheets and the draft permits may be viewed via MDE's website at: ttp://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/OilControl/FactSheetsPublications/
Pages/Programs/LandPrograms/Oil_Control/FactsheetsPublications/index.aspx

In accordance with §1-604 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, notice is given that the Land Management Administration has made Tentative Determination to reissue the following State and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Discharge Permits: MDG34 for the Discharges of Storm Water and Hydrostatic Test Water From Oil Terminals and MDG91 for the  Discharges of Treated Ground Water from Oil Contaminated Ground Water Sources.  Similar permits have been authorized for these discharge classes on a 5 year cycle since 1997. 

Upon written request, the Department will schedule a Public Hearing at the Maryland Department of the Environment located at 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD  21230.  Written requests for a Public Hearing must be submitted to the Department by the close of business on January 17, 2013.  Written comments on the Tentative Determination and draft permits will be accepted until the close of business on January 28, 2013.  Requests and comments should be addressed to:
 
Mr. Horacio Tablada, Director
Land Management Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington, Boulevard, Suite 620
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
 
General Permit for Discharges of Storm Water and Hydrostatic Test Water From Oil Terminals (MDG34) - This permit authorizes the discharge of storm water from storage tank diked and loading rack areas and  hydrostatic test water to surface or ground waters of the State from petroleum terminals having less than 5,000,000 gallons storage of oil.  This permit sets numerical limits on the concentration of the petroleum product contamination following treatment of the storm water or hydrostatic test water.

General Permit for Discharges of Treated Ground Water from Oil Contaminated Ground Water Sources (MDG91) - This permit authorizes the discharges of treated ground water previously contaminated by petroleum products as the result of leaks or spills.  This permit sets numerical limits on the effluent concentration of the petroleum product contamination following treatment of the contaminated ground water. 

Both federal (40 CFR 122) and State (COMAR 26.08.04) regulations require discharge permits for these activities.  Specifically, State regulations require that discharges of any wastes or wastewater to surface or ground water, regardless of volume, be authorized by a discharge permit.  Federal regulations address discharges to surface waters only, requiring a permit for the discharge of pollutants.  The limits for these permits are based on what has been demonstrated to be technologically achievable.  Self-monitoring is required to verify compliance.  The permits also require testing to verify that the discharges with a specified volume and duration be tested to verify that the effluent is not toxic to aquatic life, and if toxicity is present, the permit requires its elimination.  This is a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act.  This permit also sets operational requirements, such as inspection routines.


Permit Fact Sheets, Draft Permits, and other information relating to the Department's Tentative Determination may be reviewed at the Department's offices at 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 620, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, by appointment.  Copies of these documents may be obtained at a reasonable charge. 

For further information regarding this Notice; to schedule an appointment to review documentation; or to request an interpreter; please contact Mr. Thomas Yoo, Oil Control Program Regulatory and Compliance Engineer, at (410) 537-3403.  

Notice of Public Hearings on Tentative Permit Determination to reissue the General Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Industrial Activities, General Permit No. 12-SW. Application forms (i.e. Notices of Intent for coverage)

The Department is proposing to reissue the General Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Industrial Activities, General Permit No. 12-SW. Application forms (i.e. Notices of Intent for coverage) will be posted and distributed when the permit is final.
The Department will hold public hearings to receive oral testimony concerning the proposed permit on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 1 pm and Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1 pm in the Terra Conference Room at the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. If you are planning to attend the hearing, please park in the West End/Blue (http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Permits/WaterManagementPermits/WaterDischargePermitApplications/Documents/
GDP%20Stormwater/mp_parking_areas.jpg
) parking lot, off of Washington Boulevard.

Written comments concerning the draft permit will also be considered in the preparation of a final permit determination if received by MDE at 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, on or before Friday, January 4, 2013.

Any questions regarding this tentative determination, including the draft permit and fact sheet, should be direct to Michael Richardson at the Maryland Department of the Environment, Water Management Administration, at Michael.Richardson@maryland.gov, or by telephone at 410-537-3323 between the hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Copies of the draft permit and fact sheet are now available for view. (Include link to http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Permits/WaterManagementPermits/WaterDischargePermitApplications/Pages/
Permits/watermanagementpermits/water_applications/stormwater.aspx)
 

 Notice of Public Hearing on Implementation, Maintenance, and Enforcement Measures for the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard State Implementation Plan

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing implementation, maintenance, and enforcement measures for the 2008 75 ppb 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard.

The public hearing will be held on December 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters located at 1800 Washington Boulevard, Aeris First Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.

The public hearing will be held as required by federal law (Clean Air Act at 42 U.S.C. 7410 (a) and 40 CFR 51.102).

After consideration of comments received, the plan will be finalized and submitted to the United State Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The proposed plan document has been made available on the Maryland Department of the Environment's website at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/AirQualityPlanning/Pages/programs/airprograms/air_planning/index.aspx
Note: the public library systems in the region can be used for Internet access to view the document.

Copies of the document can be viewed at the Maryland Department of the Environment Office, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland - Contact: Molla Sarros.

Comments may be presented at the hearing, mailed, emailed, or faxed to Molla Sarros, Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration,
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21230, Fax # 410-537-3202, Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov . The comments must be received before close of business on December 21, 2012.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at 410-537-3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 410-537-4396.

For more information contact Molla Sarros at (410) 537-3240 (Toll free in Maryland call (800) 633-6101 ext. 3240) or Molla.Sarros@maryland.gov.   

Notice of Public Hearing concerning the Revised 110 (a) (2) Infrastructure SIP for the 2008 Lead (Pb) National Ambient Air Quality Standard

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) gives notice of a Public Hearing concerning the revised 110 (a) (2) infrastructure SIP for the 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standard.

A public hearing will be held on December 5, 2012, at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 – First Floor Conference Room – 10:00 AM

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing, on the above State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing implementation, maintenance, and enforcement measures for the lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standard.

The public hearing will be held as required by federal law (Clean Air Act at 42 U.S.C. 7410 (a) and 40 CFR 51.102). After consideration of comments received, the plans will be finalized and submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise the State Implementation Plan required by the Clean Air Act.

The proposed plan documents have been made available on the Maryland Department of the Environment's website at:

http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/air/airqualityplanning/pages/programs/airprograms/air_planning/index.aspx

NOTE: the public library systems in the region can be used for Internet access to view the documents.

Copies of the documents can be viewed at the Maryland Department of the Environment Office, Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland - Contact: Jim Wilkinson or Sally Frampton

Comments may be presented at the hearing, mailed, emailed, or faxed to Jim Wilkinson, Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration,1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21230, Fax # 410-537-3202, or to jwilkinson@mde.state.md.us.  The comments must be received before close of business December 5, 2012.

Persons in need of special accommodations should contact the Department's Office of Fair Practices at 410-537- 3964 at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. TTY users should contact the Department through the Maryland Relay Service at 410-537-4396.
 

 Response to Comments for Selected Public Hearings 

Response to Comments from public hearing held on June 29, 2015 for New Regulations .01 - .05 COMAR 26.11.38 Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Generating Units 


Response to Comments from public hearing held on October 5, 2015 for Amendments to Regulations .01, .01-1, .02, .03, .04, and .07 new Regulation .03-1 under COMAR 26.11.24 Vapor Recovery at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities 


Response to Comments from public hearing held on October 23, 2015 for New Regulations .01 - .07 COMAR 26.11.38 Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Generating Units


New! Response to Comments from public hearing held on December 14, 2015 for Amendments to Regulations .01 & .10 under COMAR 26.11.01 General Administrative Provisions and Regulations .01, .04, .07 & .08 under COMAR 26.11.08 Control of Incinerators 

 

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