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Arlington Crematory, Inc. Permit to Construct
Scheduled Informational Meeting

An Air Quality Permit to Construct Application was submitted by Arlington Crematory, Inc. for the installation of one US Cremation Equipment X-cel Classic human crematory to be located at 2313 51st Place Hyattsville MD 20781. An Informational Meeting has been scheduled on April 24 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Cheverly Community Center, 6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD 20782.

​The Air Quality Permit application may be viewed at the Hyattsville Branch Library, 6502 America Boulevard, Hyattsville, MD 20782.

 

Joseph Smith And Sons, Inc.  Permit to Construct

Notice of Scheduled Public Hearing for an Application for Screening, Ball Mill, Aluminum Processes

 An Air Quality Permit to Construct Application submitted by Joseph Smith and Sons, Inc for the installation of screening operations, ball mill process, and alumin processing located at 4516 S. Street and 2001 Kenilworth Ave, Capitol Heights, MD. will be the subject of a Public Hearing to be held on May 152019  at 7:00 PM at the Cheverly Community Center, 6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD.   

 The draft permit and application may be viewed at the Fairmount Branch Library, 5904 Kolb Street, Fairmount Heights, MD.  Ask for Docket #05-18.


Tolson and Associates, LLC Permit to Construct
Notice of Scheduled Public Hearing for an Application for Crusher  

An Air Quality Permit to Construct Application submitted by Tolson and Associates, LLC for the installation of one concrete crusher to be located at 1451 Capitol Raceway Road, Crofton, MD. will be the subject of a Public Hearing to be held on May 22, 2019  at the Nantucket Elementary School located at 2351 Nantucket Road, Crofton, MD 21114 at 7:00 PM.
 
The Draft Air Quality Permit document may be reviewed here.   The Tentative Determination may be reviewed here.  The Power Point presentation from the Informational Meeting may be reviewed here.
 
 
 

  

Permits Program Updates

Notice of Final Rule - Interprecursor Trading Regulations- Emissions Reduction Credits

On March 14, 2018 the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) adopted amendments to regulations pertaining to Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) contained in COMAR 26.11.17 Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications. These amendments allow interprecursor trading of ozone precursors, NOx, and VOC. The regulations became effective April 9, 2018.  The Maryland Register Notice of Final Action dated March 30, 2018 may be viewed here. The Maryland Register Notice dated January 19, 2018 with the amendments can be viewed here.

General Permits Fee Reductions


Effective August 29, 2016 the following General Permits have had fee changes:

  • ​​Charbroiler and Pit Barbeque General Permit fee has been reduced to $100.00 per piece of equipment
  • Small Boiler General Permit fee has been reduced to $400.00 per piece of equipment

Please use the new application forms located online, and submit the correct payment. If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Mentzer 410-537-3225 or christopher.mentzer@maryland.gov.

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EPA Designates New Area in Maryland as Nonattainment for the 2010 SO2 NAAQS

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 Fort Smallwood, LLC'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.

New Permit to Construct Forms

Effective May 4, 2016, The Air Quality Permits Program has updated two application forms which are available on our website. 

  • Form 5T replaces Form 5A for Toxic Air Pollution (TAP) compliance and summary data.
  • Form EP replaces Form 5B for emissions point data.
  • Updated toxic air pollutant regulation guidance documents can be downloaded here.
  • Also new on our website is the Permit to Construct Checklist, which is now included with Forms 5, 10, 11, 41, 42 and 44. 

Redesignation of Nonattainment Areas to Attainment


On October 6, 2014 the EPA published a Final Rule in the Federal Register approving the State of Maryland's request to redesignate the Maryland region of the Washington DC-MD-VA Nonattainment Area for the annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to Attainment status. The DC area includes Charles, Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The rule became effective November 5, 2014. 

On December 16, 2014 the EPA published a Final Rule in the Federal Register approving the State of Maryland's request to redesignate the Baltimore Maryland Non-attainment Area for the annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to Attainment status. Per the notice, "EPA has determined that the Baltimore Area attained the standard and that it continues to attain the standard". The Baltimore area includes Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. The rule became effective December 16, 2014. 

On December 16, 2014 the EPA published a Final Rule in the Federal Register approving the State of Maryland's request to redesignate the Maryland portion of the Martinsburg-Hagerstown, WV-MD Nonattainment Area for the annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to Attainment status. Per the notice, "EPA has determined that the Martinsburg Area attained the standard and that it continues to attain the standard". In Maryland, the Martinsburg Area consists of Washington County. The rule became effective December 16, 2014.

 

CPCN Waivers for New Electric Generation (Effective February 16, 2015)

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 Ms. Suna Sariscak, Chief, Technical Support Division, at suna.sariscak@maryland.gov, or at 410-537-3230.

 

Public Participation Opportunities For Certain Permits To Construct APA, and Alternate NSPS

Public Participation Opportunities for Permits to Construct with Expanded Public Review, Also Known as APA Permits

Certain permits to construct qualitfy for 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 Informational Meetings and 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


 

Alternate Public Review for Certain 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: non-emergency generators, small combined heat/power facilities, and peak shavers. The Department will accept comments in writing on these draft permits which will be listed on the Public Participation Opportunities Page listed below. 

 

Current Public Participation Opportunities

The Public Participation Opportunities Page can be found here. It includes opportunities to request Informational Meetings and Public Hearings, scheduled Informational Meetings and Public Hearings, and Alternate NSPS draft permits. The page also lists Final Determinations for draft permits and dates permits were issued.

 

Interested Parties Notifications

Please contact Shannon Heafey, Public Participation Coordinator, at 410-537-4433 or shannon.heafey@maryland.gov with any questions. To add your contact information 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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