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MDE Public Hearings, Meetings and Request for Comments

 
  MDE Calendar

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.
 

Maryland Environmental Regulations

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.
 

 Water Quality Analysis of Mercury in Fish Tissue in Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties, Maryland

A 30-day public comment period for the draft document "Water Quality Analysis of Mercury in Fish Tissue in Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties, Maryland" will take place from October 2, 2014 to October 31, 2014.  Copies of the draft document have been placed in the Montgomery County Public Library (MCPL) - Marilyn J. Paisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 (240-773-9460); Montgomery County Public Library- Olney Branch, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd, Olney, MD 20832 (301-570-1232); Howard County Library-Savage Branch, 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723 (410-880-5980), and Prince George's County Memorial Library System- Laurel Branch, 8101 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707 (301-776-6790).  The draft document is also available on the Internet at web site http://www.mde.state.md.us/TMDL or by contacting Ms. Melissa Chatham by mail at MDE/SSA, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230, or by telephone at 410-537-3937 (outside the Baltimore area, dial 1-800-633-6101 x3937).  Anyone wishing to review the draft documents and supporting information or needing technical information may contact Ms. Chatham during normal business hours.

Written comments concerning the draft document may be submitted to the Department on or before October 31, 2014 and should be sent to Ms. Chatham at the above address or emailed to Melissa.Chatham@maryland.gov.  All comments received during the comment period will be considered and the draft document may be revised accordingly prior to its submittal to EPA for approval.


 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 30-day public comment period for the draft document "Water Quality Analysis of Mercury in Fish Tissue in Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties, Maryland"

A 30-day public comment period for the draft document "Water Quality Analysis of Mercury in Fish Tissue in Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties, Maryland" will take place from October 2, 2014 to October 31, 2014.  Copies of the draft document have been placed in the Montgomery County Public Library (MCPL) - Marilyn J. Paisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 (240-773-9460); Montgomery County Public Library- Olney Branch, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd, Olney, MD 20832 (301-570-1232); Howard County Library-Savage Branch, 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723 (410-880-5980), and Prince George's County Memorial Library System- Laurel Branch, 8101 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707 (301-776-6790).  The draft document is also available on the Internet at web site http://www.mde.state.md.us/TMDL or by contacting Ms. Melissa Chatham by mail at MDE/SSA, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230, or by telephone at 410-537-3937 (outside the Baltimore area, dial 1-800-633-6101 x3937).  Anyone wishing to review the draft documents and supporting information or needing technical information may contact Ms. Chatham during normal business hours.

Written comments concerning the draft document may be submitted to the Department on or before October 31, 2014 and should be sent to Ms. Chatham at the above address or emailed to Melissa.Chatham@maryland.gov.  All comments received during the comment period will be considered and the draft document may be revised accordingly prior to its submittal to EPA for approval.


 The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of Public Hearing/Comment Period Concerning Proposed Amendments to Regulation .04 and .05 under COMAR 26.11.13 Control of Gasoline and Volatile Organic Compound Storage and Handling

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

Amendments to Regulation .04 and .05 under COMAR 26.11.13 Control of Gasoline and Volatile Organic Compound Storage and Handling to provide an alternative equivalent vapor recovery method for the transfer of high vapor pressure materials and to amend incorrect references from regulations .04 and .05.

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/MDRegister/mdregister.aspx on April 18, 2014.

Download the Technical Support Document here.

A public hearing on this action will be held on June 3, 2014 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 3, 2014.

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 this hearing has been published in the Baltimore Sun; Cecil Whig; Cumberland Times-News; Frederick News-Post; Saint Mary's Enterprise; Salisbury Daily Times; and the Washington Post.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2014, ALL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES REGARDING REGULATION CHANGES WILL BE POSTED SOLELY ON THE DEPARTMENT’S WEBSITE.

Randy Mosier may also be contacted to arrange for the receipt of future public hearing notices. 
 

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of Public Hearing/Comment Period Concerning Proposed Changes to COMAR 26.11.09 Amendments for Biomass Fuel-Burning Equipment

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

Amendments to Regulation .01,.04, .06 & .07 under COMAR 26.11.09 Control of Fuel-Burning Equipment, Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, and Certain Fuel-Burning Installations and new Regulation .12 Standards for Biomass Fuel-Burning Equipment Equal to or Greater Than 350,000 Btu/hr under COMAR 26.11.09. The primary purpose of amendments and new regulation are to:

  1. Incorporate the definition of biomass into Regulation .01;
  2. Establish that the provisions from regulations .04 Prohibitions of Certain New Fuel-Burning Equipment, .06 Control of Particulate Matter, and .07 Control of Sulfur Oxides from Fuel-Burning Equipment do not apply to fuel-burning equipment installed after March 1, 2014 that burns only biomass fuels;
  3. Establish new regulation .12 Standards for Biomass Fuel-Burning Equipment
    Equal to or Greater Than 350,000 Btu/hr which sets NOx and PM standards and requirements for biomass equipment where federal standards are not established; and
  4. Amend incorrect references from regulations .09 and .10.

Download the Technical Support Document

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/MDRegister/mdregister.aspx on January 24, 2014.

Technical support documents and additional information are available on the Maryland Department of the Environment's website at the following address:
http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/regulations/air/Pages/reqcomments.aspx

Public hearings on these actions will be held on February 26, 2014 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 26, 2014.

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

Randy Mosier may also be contacted to arrange for the receipt of future public hearing notices.
 

 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.
 

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

  1. Amendments to Regulation .08 under COMAR 26.11.19 Volatile Organic Compounds from Specific Processes to adopt the requirements of the EPA’s Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for metal parts and products. (See Technical Documents)

  2. Amendments to (1) Regulation .08 under COMAR 26.11.09 Control of Fuel-Burning Equipment, Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, and Certain Fuel-Burning Installations; and (2) Regulations .06 and .07 under COMAR 26.11.14 Control of Emissions from Kraft Pulp Mills. The purpose of these amendments is to:
    • accurately describe the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) control system and requirements,
    • incorporate existing NOx RACT requirements into this chapter,
    • amend the use of the word “allowance” to read “NOx Ozone Season Allowance”, and
    • clarify that the monitoring and reporting requirements apply to the owner of a boiler and combustion turbine at a Kraft pulp mill. (See Technical Documents)
  3. Amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.11.34 Low Emissions Vehicle Program to update the incorporation by reference to reflect the changes made to the California regulations since their last update.
    (See Technical Documents)

    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/MDRegister/mdregister.aspx on November 15, 2013.

    Public hearings on these actions will be held on December 18, 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 December 18, 2013.

    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

    Randy Mosier may also be contacted to arrange for the receipt of future public hearing notices.


 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/mdregister/ 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 Hearings/Comment Periods Concerning Proposed Amendments and New Regulations to Air Quality Regulations

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

  1. Amendments to Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 General Administrative Provisions and Regulation .14 under COMAR 26.11.06 General Emission Standards, Prohibitions, and Restrictions to incorporate updated federal standards for the New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. These amendments will provide that future amendments to the federal PSD program will be automatically included in Maryland regulations. This incorporation by reference will add provisions for fine particulate matter and its precursors, provisions to defer inclusion of sources of biogenic emissions under PSD and removes certain grandfathering provisions. (See Technical Support Document)

  2. Amendments to Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 General Administrative Provisions and Regulations .01 and .02 under COMAR 26.11.17 Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications to incorporate federal standards for the New Source Review (NSR) program for fine particulate matter and its precursors into the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Maryland’s nonattainment area NSR program applies to major stationary sources and major modifications which are major for PM2.5 or its precursors at facilities located in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Washington counties. (See Technical Support Document)

  3. Amendments to Regulations .02 and .03 under COMAR 26.11.27 Emission Limitations for Power Plants to reinstate the original annual and ozone season emission limits for NOx and annual emission limits for SO2 for R. Paul Smith Power Station electric generating units as established under COMAR 26.11.27 – Emission Limitations for Power Plants adopted permanently effective July 16, 2007. This action is in response to a request by R. Paul Smith to the Maryland Department of the Environment to retain its Title V permit although the power plant has ceased operations as of September 1, 2012. (See Technical Support Document)

  4. New Regulations .01 - .04 under a new chapter, COMAR 26.11.37 Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations to adopt regulations which will incorporate by reference the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR 55 “Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations”. (See Technical Support Document)

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdregister/ on April 5, 2013.

Public hearings on these actions will be held on May 7, 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 May 7, 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 

 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 Hearings/Comment Periods Concerning Proposed Amendments to Air Quality Regulations

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

  1. Amendments to Regulations .17 and .19 under COMAR 26.11.02 Permits, Approvals, and Registration
     
    (a) Amendments to COMAR 26.11.02.17 clarify how fees are applied to Air Quality Permit to Construct source categories; establish a new fee for an additional source category that requires an Air Quality Permit to Construct; and raise the existing minimum fee for securing a standard Air Quality Permit to Construct from $200 to $500, for most sources. The proposed fee increases apply to sources requiring an individual Air Quality Permit to Construct. The fees will remain the same for small sources requiring an Air Quality General Permit to Construct.
     
    (b) Amendments to COMAR 26.11.02.19 raise the annual base fee for large air pollution sources in Maryland that are required to obtain a federal Title V Permit or State Permit to Operate. The proposed amendments raise the annual base fee from $200 to $5,000 for sources requiring a federal Title V Permit and from $200 to $500-$1,000 for sources requiring a State Permit to Operate.
     
  2. Amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.11.34 Low Emissions Vehicle Program update Maryland’s Clean Car regulations to reflect the changes made to the California Low Emissions Vehicle Program (i.e., Cal LEV or Clean Car Program) since the last update in 2010. This action will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as a revision to Maryland's State Implementation Plan. (See Technical Document)
     

The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDRegister/mdregister.aspx on November 30, 2012.

Public hearings on this actions will be held on January 3, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments on the proposed actions must be received by 5 pm on January 3, 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
  

 Notice of Public Hearings Concerning Proposed Amendments to Air Quality Regulations and New Regulations

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of a public hearing concerning the following proposed action affecting Subtitle 09 MARYLAND CO2 BUDGET TRADING PROGRAM:
Amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.09.01 General Administrative Provisions and Regulations .03 and .06 - .09 under COMAR 26.09.02 Applicability, Determining Compliance, and Allowance Distribution.

The purpose of this action is to:

  1. Add certain definitions.
  2. Revise the process by which allowances are allocated to the set-aside accounts.
  3. Revise the requirements for the distribution of allowances from the Long Term Contract Set-Aside Account.
  4. Revise the amount of allowances allocated to the Long Term Contract Set-Aside Account and the Clean Generation Set-Aside Account.
  5. Specify that the only renewable energy credit purchases that qualify to have RGGI CO2 allowances retired are renewable energy credits generated in RGGI states.


The full text of the proposed amendments will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdregister/ on November 2, 2012.  Click here for the hearing Technical Support Document

A public hearing on the proposed action will be held on December 5, 2012 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 not later than December 5, 2012, or be submitted at the hearing. For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:

Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-3277
Fax: (410) 537-4223
 

 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.maryland.gov/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 the public hearing held on December 18, 2013 for Amendments to COMAR 26.11.19.08 - Related to control of Volatile Organic Compounds from Specific Processes to adopt the requirements of the EPA’s Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for Metal Parts and Products
  


  

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