Air & Radiation Regulations Public Hearings, Meetings and Request for Comments

caret  Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: amend regulations .01-.05 under COMAR 26.09.01 General Administrative Provisions; amend Regulations .03, .04, .06, .07, and .11 under COMAR 26.09.02 Applicability, Determining Compliance and Allowance Distribution; amend regulations .01-.03, repeal existing regulations .04 and .06, amend and recodify existing regulations .05 and .07, and recodify existing Regulations .08 and .09 under COMAR 26.09.03 Offset Projects; and amend regulation .06 under COMAR 26.09.04 Auctions

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: The purpose of this action is to amend regulations under Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.09, Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program, with program improvements developed in conjunction with other participating states during the 2016 Comprehensive Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Program Review. The proposed action includes the following revisions:
  1. A reduction in the size and structure of cap and allowance apportionment;
  2. Adjustments to the emissions budget from 2021-2025 to address the private bank of allowances through one additional, distinct budget adjustment;
  3. Adjustments to the Cost Containment Reserve (CCR) mechanism to provide flexibility and cost containment for the RGGI Program;
  4. Adoption of a new mechanism, the Emissions Containment Reserve (ECR), which responds to supply and demand in the market if emission reduction costs are lower than projected;
  5. Adjustments to the Limited Industrial Exemption Set-aside Account (LIESA) and to the Long-Term Contract Set-aside Account (LTCSA);
  6. Elimination of the "Reduction in Emissions of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)" and " Reduction in Avoidance of CO2 Emissions from Natural Gas, Oil, or Propane End-Use Combustion Due to End-Use Energy Efficiency" offset categories and adjustments to the remaining offset categories
  7. Adoption of new delegation language for alternate CO2 authorized account representatives; and
  8. Revisions to other definitions.
The amendments will not be submitted to the EPA for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP) at this time.

 
The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on October 26, 2018.

 
A public hearing on this action will be held on November 26, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of
the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 -1720.

 
Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 26, 2018.

 

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov


 

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: (1) amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 - General Administrative Provisions, (2) amend Regulations .01, .02, .04, .05, .07, and .08-2, repeal Regulation .08-1, and adopt new Regulation .10 under COMAR 26.11.08 Control of Incinerators; and (3) Amend Regulation .08 under COMAR 26.11.09 Control of Fuel-Burning Equipment, Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, and Certain Fuel-Burning Installations.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: The purpose of this action is to repeal nitrogen oxide (NOx) reasonable available control technology (RACT) requirements under COMAR 26.11.09.08H and establish new NOx RACT and analysis of possible additional NOx emission control requirements under COMAR 26.11.08.10 for large municipal waste combustors (MWCs). Additionally, this action amends opacity requirements under 26.11.01, adds definitions, repeals 26.11.08.08-1 and updates references to 26.11.08.08-2, which is the current emission standards and requirements for hospital, medical and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs).

The amendments pertaining to large MWCs will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The amendments pertaining to small MWCs and HMIWIs will be submitted to the EAP for approval as part of Maryland's 111(d) and 129 plans.

The full text of the proposed new regulation appeared in the Maryland Register on August 17, 2018.

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

A public hearing on this action was held on September 21, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 7th Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here to read the RTC.

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: (1) amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 - General Administrative Provisions, (2) amend Regulation .07 under COMAR 26.11.14 - Control of Emissions from Kraft Pulp Mills, and (3) propose new Regulations .01-.04 under new Chapter COMAR 26.11.40 - NOx Ozone Season Emission Caps for Non-trading Large NOx units.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: The purpose of this action is to propose new Regulations .01-.04 under new Chapter COMAR 26.11.40 - NOx Ozone Season Emission Caps for Non-trading Large NOx Units - to meet federal NOx SIP (State Implementation Plan) Call requirements under the Clean Air Act. The proposed action will also repeal one definition in Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 - General Administrative Provisions - and will amend Regulation .07 under COMAR 26.11.14 - Control of Emissions from Kraft Pulp Mills.

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

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on February 16, 2018.

Click here to read the Technical Support Document (TSD) (Amended 4/11/2018)

A public hearing on this action will be held on March 20, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 7th Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, 2018.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here for the RTC.

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public comment period to amend regulations Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01 Radiation Protection and Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.12.02 Inspection and Certification.

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

Amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01 Radiation Protection and Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.12.02 Inspection and Certification.  The purpose of this action is to (1) update COMAR 26.12.01.01 to (a) establish “diagnostic medical radiation event” and require reporting and recordkeeping of such events; (b) require advance written request for radiation machine facility registration cancellation, and report of removal of x-ray machines; (c) require registration and fee payment for short term demonstration of human use radiation machines; (d) make corrections in regulations controlling transportation of radioactive material, (e) change requirement for examination of radiographer who has not participated in industrial radiography from 3 months to 6 months; and (f) other miscellaneous corrections; and (2) update COMAR 26.12.02.02 to clarify that State certification is inapplicable to mammography diagnostic or screening radiation machines. 

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on February 2, 2018.

A public hearing has not been scheduled.  Comments must be received by 5 pm on March 5, 2018.  Comments should be sent to:

Michael D. Kurman, Regulations Coordinator
Radiological Health Program, Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 750
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

E-mail: michael.kurman@maryland.gov,
Telephone: 410-537-3208, or Fax to Mr. Kurman at 410-537-3198

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed action: Amendments to Regulations .01 and .04 under COMAR 26.11.17 Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: Amendments for Regulations .01 and .04 under COMAR 26.11.17 Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications. The purpose of this action is to amend COMAR 26.11.17 to allow interprecursor trading of ozone precursors, NOx and VOC.

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

The full text of the proposed regulatory action appeared in the Maryland Register on January 19, 2018. The Technical Support Document is available here .

A public hearing on this action was held on February 20, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

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

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed regulations under Maryland's CO2 Budget Trading Program: (1) Amend Regulation .02 under 26.09.01 General Administrative Provisions; and (2) Amend Regulations .08 and .09 under COMAR 26.09.02 Applicability, Determining Compliance, and Allowance Distribution.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The primary purpose of this action is to revise the Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program to incorporate amendments to the Voluntary Renewable Set-Aside Account (VRSA), codified under COMAR 26.09.02.08, and the Clean Generation Set-Aside Account (CGSA), codified under 26.09.02.09. This action will also add two new definitions under 26.09.01.02.

This action will not 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 regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register on November 13, 2017. The Technical Support Document is available here.

A public hearing on this action will be held on December 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Department
of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: COMAR 11.14.08 Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Motor Vehicle Administration give notice of the following public hearing/comment period. 

The Secretary of the Environment and the Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Administration jointly propose to amend Regulations .01, .03—.05, and .09 under COMAR 11.14.08 Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program. The purpose of this action is to modernize and enhance the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) to improve motorist convenience while minimizing the impact on air quality. This action delays the initial VEIP inspection date for new vehicles and exempts pre-on board diagnostics (OBD) light duty vehicles from inspection. These enhancements improve customer service, and allow Marylanders to benefit from recent air quality progress in the State. In addition, this action corrects an obsolete statutory reference and a typographical error. 

This action will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a State Implementation Plan Revision.

The full text of the proposed regulatory action appears in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on September 1, 2017.

A public hearing on this action will be held on October 3, 2017 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 October 3, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:

Ms. Marcia Ways
Mobile Sources Control Program Manager
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 705, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-3270
Email: marcia.ways@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed actions: (1) Amend Regulations .01 and .10 under COMAR 26.11.02 Permits, Approvals, and Registration; and (2) Amend Regulations .01, .02, and .04, repeal existing Regulation .03, and adopt new Regulation .03 under COMAR 26.11.36 Distributed Generation. 

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The purpose of this action is to amend existing requirements for emergency generators and load shaving units (engines) codified under COMAR 26.11.36 — Distributed Generation to reflect changes in the federal requirements for stationary internal combustion engines (ICE) and Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) (hereinafter collectively referred to as “stationary engines”). In addition, changes to Regulations .01 — Definitions, and .10 — Sources Exempt from Permits to Construct and Approvals, of COMAR 26.11.02 – Permits, Approvals, and Registration, are being completed to coincide with the amendments being made to COMAR 26.11.36. 

The regulatory action listed above will not be submitted to the U.S. EPA as revision to Maryland's State Implementation Plan at this time. 

The full text of the proposed regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on July 7, 2017.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD) 

A public hearing on this action will be held on August 8, 2017 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 8, 2017.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here for the RTC.

For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Repeal of COMAR 26.11.09.11 - Control of Particulate Matter from Small Wood Boilers.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The purpose of this action is to repeal existing Regulation .11 under COMAR 26.11.09 as there are new federal rules in place regulating residential hydronic heaters under 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart QQQQ.  Repealing Maryland’s small wood boiler regulation will remove any conflict that currently exists between the existing regulation and the federal regulation. The Department also proposes to amend Regulations .01, .04 and .06 under COMAR 26.11.09 Control of Fuel-Burning Equipment, Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, and Certain Fuel-Burning Installations to clarify definitions and references to the repealed regulation.

The full text of the proposed regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on June 9, 2017.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document for the amendments to COMAR 26.11.09.

A public hearing on this action will be held on July, 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 17, 2017.

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

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Repeal of COMAR 26.11.33 – Architectural Coatings.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The purpose of this action is to repeal the entire Chapter including Regulations .01 - .14 from COMAR 26.11.33 – Architectural Coatings, which is superseded by COMAR 26.11.39 – Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings.

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

The full text of the proposed regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on June 9, 2017.

Click here  to view the Fact Sheet for the repeal of COMAR 26.11.33.

A public hearing on this action will be held on July, 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 17, 2017.

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

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amendments to COMAR 26.11.32 - Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer Products

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amend Existing Regulations under COMAR 26.11.32. The purpose of this action is to amend existing regulations to establish new volatile organic compound ("VOC") standards for 11 new consumer products and to strengthen VOC standards for 15 existing consumer products.

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 May 26, 2017.

Click here  to view the Technical Support Document for the amendments to COMAR 26.11.32.

A public hearing on this action will be held on June, 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 27, 2017.

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

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.11.34 Low Emission Vehicle Program.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.11.34 Low Emission Vehicle Program. The purpose of this action is to update incorporate by reference Regulation .02 to reflect the changes made by California since the last Maryland update in 2015.

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 20, 2017.

Click here to view the Fact Sheet for the amendments to COMAR 26.11.34.02.

A public hearing on this action will be held on February 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation 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