Public Hearings, Meetings and Request for Comments

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

 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.

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 Management Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov​


 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

 

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.

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

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


 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

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

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

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 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 comment period to amend regulations .02, .03, and .04 under COMAR 26.12.03 State Radiation Control Fund.

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

Amend regulations .02, .03, and .04 under COMAR 26.12.03 State Radiation Control Fund.  The purpose of this action is to adopt into regulation a revision to § 8-301 of the Environment Article to include fee exemption for temporary pro bono dental clinics; and to reduce the annual registration or licensing fee for general radioactive material licenses, veterinary dental radiation machines, and portable lead paint analyzers.
 
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 June 24, 2016.

A public hearing has not been scheduled.  Comments must be received by 5 pm on July 25, 2016.  Comments should be sent to:

Michael D. Kurman, Regulations Coordinator
Radiological Health Program, Air and Radiation Management Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 750
Baltimore, Maryland 21230,
or e-mail to michael.kurman@maryland.gov,
or call 410-537-3208, or fax to Mr. Kurman at 410-537-3198


 Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amend Regulation .17 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: Amend Regulation .17 under COMAR 26.11.02 Permits, Approvals, and Registration. The purpose of this action is to reduce the permit to construct application fee for charbroilers and pit barbecues, and small fuel burning equipment with a rated heat input capacity of less than 10 million Btu per hour (10 MMBtu/hr).

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 June 24, 2016.

Click here to view the Fact Sheet for the amendments to COMAR 26.11.02.17.

A public hearing on this action will be held on July 25, 2016 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 July 25, 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 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

 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

 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.

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 

 

 Response to Comments for Selected Public Hearings

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  

Response to Comments from the public hearing on June 27, 2017, for Amendments to COMAR 26.11.32 - Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer Products and Maryland Register Notice of Final Action (pdf)

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