Public Participation Opportunities

Permits subject to public review (APA Permits) go through several steps during the permitting process. The first step is the opportunity for concerned citizens to request an Informational Meeting, which would be held early in the permit application review, prior to an in-depth technical review. It provides the public an occasion to learn about proposed projects and ask questions of the applicant. The second opportunity to take part in the permit issuance process for Permits to Construct is during the Comments and Public Hearing stage, which is offered once the Department has reached a tentative determination. At this time, concerned citizens may submit written comments or request a Public Hearing to offer public comments that will be considered by the Department when rendering a Final Determination whether or issue or deny the permit.

Alternate Public Review Procedures for Certain Sources Subject to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Sources

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: engines that are not emergency generators, small combined heat and power facilities, peak shavers, and boilers less than 50 MMbtu/hr that are not covered under an Air Quality General Permit to Construct.

Please submit comments to the Department  to the attention of: Ms. Shannon Heafey, Air Permitting Public Participation Coordinator, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 720, Baltimore, MD 21230, or by email:  Please call 410-537-4433 with any questions.

These construction projects are below:

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Opportunities to Request an Informational Meeting or Public Hearing

Permits subject to public review go through several steps where public input is invited. The first step is an opportunity to request an Informational Meeting, which is held early in the process, prior to a technical review of the application. The second opportunity is the Comments and Public Hearing stage which is offered once the Department has reached a tentative determination on the issuance of the construction permit. See list below:​

Docket Location
collapse PO_type : Request for Informational Meeting ‎(2)
Lee Funeral Home, Inc
Installation of one pet crematory to be located at their property, 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road, Clinton MD
The Docket is located at the Surratts-Clinton Branch Library, 9400Piscataway Road, Clinton MD Ask for Docket #11-18.
Lifoam Industries, LLC
New Source Review (NSR) application to amend its existing NSR approval issued in 2016 and a permit to construct application for one new pre-expander and two new molding presses in the existing expandable polystyrene shape-molding (EPS) operation,  to be located at 121 Bata Boulevard, Belcamp, MD.
Harford County Public Library, Edgewood Branch, 629 Edgewood Road,  Edgewood MD. Please ask for Docket # 25-16
collapse PO_type : Request for Public Hearing ‎(1)
Laney Materials, LLC  T/A The Recycling Center
Installation of 3 portable crushing and screening plants powered by 10 diesel engines to be located on their site at 14852 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel, MD 20707
The Docket, #05-17, is located at the Laurel Branch Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel MD 20707 and MDE Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230

Scheduled Informational Meetings and Public Hearings for Permits to Construct

Certain types of installations known as APA (Administrative Procedures Act) Permits call for public review. Please contact Shannon Heafey, Public Participation Coordinator, at 410-537-4433 or for additional information on these meetings and hearings, including inclement weather rescheduling, or to add your name to an Interested Parties List. The scheduled Informational Meetings and Hearings are listed below:​

Meeting Location
Docket Location
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Beechwood Coal LLC  Cabin Run and Carlo Surface Mines
Combined informational meeting for two projects

Carlos Mine- installation of one coal breaker rated at 200TPH and one coal screen screen rated at 200 TPH

Cabin Run Mine- installation of  one coal crusher rated at 400 TPH and one screen rated at 600 TPH
9/27/2018 6:00 PM
Maryland Department of the Environment, Western Office, 160 South Water Street, Frostburg, MD 21532.
The Docket for the Cabin Run application is #06-18 and the Docket for the Carlos application is # 08-18. Both are located at the Frostburg Library, 65 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD 21532.
Joseph Smith And Sons, Inc
Air Permit to Construct for screening operations, aluminum process, mill process and ball mill process located at 2001 Kennilworth Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD.
9/17/2018 7:00 PM
Cheverly Executive Office, 6401Forest Road, Cheverly MD 20785 in the gymnasium.
The Docket is located at the Fairmount Heights Branch Library, 5904 Kolb Street, Fairmount Heights, MD 20743. Please ask for Docket #05-18
collapse PO_type : Scheduled Public Hearing ‎(1)
Domion Energy Cove Point LNG, LP- Charles Station
Installation of one natural gas compressor station to be located at 6855 Barrys Hill Road, Bryans Road MD 20616.
3/28/2018 6:30 PM
Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 3099 Livingston Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616
The Docket can be found at the Potomac Branch Library, 3255 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head MD 20640, Docket # 24-16, on the MDE Air Permitting webpage, and MDE headquarters

Final Determinations for APA Permits to Construct

The last part of the permit issuance process for APA construction permits is when the Department reaches a final determination on the issuance of a permit. If the Department determines that a proposed permit can be issued, Citizens have 30 days from the issuance of the permit to object. The objection must be filed in the county where the proposed project will be located. The list of Final Determinations are listed below:​

Integrated Salt Products, LLC11/2/2018
Maryland Crematory10/22/2018
Access World (USA) LLC10/5/2018
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens10/1/2018
National Institutes of Health9/25/2018
Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory9/25/2018