This public hearing was held for the purpose of taking testimony on the draft Part 70 /Title V operating permit for the Texas Eastern facility. The comment period expired on May 1, 2017. Interested parties may review the application and draft permit language at the Ruth Enlow Library, 106 S. North Street in Accident, MD. The Renewal Title V Application can be viewed here, with Addendum 1 here, and Addendum 2 here. The draft permit conditions can be viewed here and the Fact Sheet can be viewed here. Comments raised during the comment period and at the Public Hearing will be addressed in a document called the Response to Comments. This document will be posted here and placed in the docket at the Ruth Enlow branch library. Although the Department's authority is limited to the Air Quality Regulations in COMAR, every effort will be made to address concerns raised during th ecomment period which are not within the scope of the Part 70/ Title V permit. More information on the Part 70/ Title V program can be found under the Title V Program Information tab found on the left bar of this page.
The Air Quality Permits program received a Permit to Construct Application for the Charles Station project that consists of two combustion turbines equipped with SCR and thermal oxidation units, one 1070HP emergency generator, one 5MMBTU boiler and three storage tanks to be located on their property at 6855 Barrys Hill Road in Bryans Road, MD. This application can be found at the Potomac Branch of the Charles County library located in Indian Head, MD and can be viewed online here. The presentation given at the informational meeting by Dominion can be viewed here.
Effective August 29, 2016 the following General Permits have had fee changes:
Please use the new application forms located online, and submit the correct payment. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-537-3225 with any questions.
The EPA signed a rule on June 30, 2016 designating certain areas non-attainment for the 2010 SO2 NAAQS. One of these areas is in Maryland. Specifically, it is the area within 26.8 kilometers of Raven Power's Herbert A. Wagner Power Plant, Unit 3 stack, which is located at 39.17765N Latitude, and -76.52752W Longitude in portions of both Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County.
Effective May 4, 2016, The Air Quality Permits Program has updated two application forms which are available on our website.
Redesignation of Nonattainment Areas to Attainment
Effective February 16, 2015 the Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted regulations that increase the threshold for a waiver for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) exemption for electric generators from greater than 1500 kilowatts (kW), to greater than 2000 kilowatts (kW). In accordance with the new PSC regulations, applicants proposing to install a new electric generator rated at 2000 kW or less will no longer be required to obtain a CPCN waiver prior to obtaining an Air Quality Permit to Construct from the Air and Radiation Management Administration.
Please note, the threshold for obtaining permits to construct for electric generators remains unchanged at 373 kw or greater. Questions pertaining to this change may be directed to David Mummert, Chief, Technical Support, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 410-537-3230.
Certain Sources Subject to Expanded Public Review
Certain permits to construct are subject to expanded public review. These permits, known as Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Permits, go through several steps during the permitting process, including providing opportunities for public involvement through informal Informational Meetings and formal Public Hearings. The list of these qualifying permits can be found in COMAR 26.11.02.The Air Quality Permit issuance process for these permits, including judicial review, can be found here.
Certain Sources Subject to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
House Bill 95, which took effect on October 1, 2013, established an alternate public review procedure for sources subject to public review only because they trigger EPA's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). Examples include: non-emergency generators, small combined heat/power facilities, peak shavers, and boilers less than 50 MMbtu/hr that are not covered under an Air Quality General Permit to Construct. The Department will accept comments on these draft permits. Draft permits which qualify under the Alternate Public Review category can be found listed with other APA draft permits.
List of Public Participation Opportunities
Please see the Public Participation Opportunities page here for current opportunities to review and comment on draft APA permits and draft Alternate NSPS permits. The list includes opportunities to request Informational Meetings and Public Hearings and see scheduled Informational Meetings and Public Hearings. Permits with Final Determinations and issue dates are
Please contact Shannon Heafey, Public Participation Coordinator, at 410-537-4433 or email@example.com with any questions. To add your name to an Interested Parties List, please contact Ms. Heafey and provide your area of interest and the preferred method of contact.
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