Air and Radiation Management Permits, Licenses and Approvals
Informational Meeting for Comus Materials, LLC
An Informational Meeting for an Air Quality Permit to Construct application submitted by Comus Materials, LLC is scheduled for December 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Thurmont Branch Library, 76 E. Moser Road, Thurmont, MD. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed until December 19, 2016. Please Note: There will be one Informational Meeting.
Public Hearing for Dominion Transmission Expansion
A public Hearing will take place on September 26, 2016 at 7:00P at the Myersville Volunteer Fire Department Banquet Hall located at 301 Main Street, Myersville, MD for the expansion of an existing natural gas compressor station which includes the following: installation of one natural gas turbine compressor, one selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) for the existing and new compressor units with an aqueous ammonia pump, one 20,000 gallon and one 10,000 gallon ammonia tank, replacement boiler and replacement auxiliary generator.
General Permits Fee Reductions
Effective August 29, 2016 the following General Permits will have fee changes:
- Charbroiler and Pit Barbeque General Permit fee will be reduced to $100.00 per piece of equipment.
- Small Boiler General Permit fee will be reduced to $400.00 per piece of equipment.
The new application forms are located online. Please submit the correct payment, and contact us at 410-537-3225 with any questions.
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'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 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 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 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 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) has 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 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 email@example.com, or at 410-537-3230.
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 to issue or deny the permit.
Alternate Public Review Procedures for 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: 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.
The Department will accept comments on these permit applications. The comment period expiration dates will be included with the listing. These construction projects may be viewed here.
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. Please click here to view opportunities for public participation.
Scheduled Informational Meetings and Public Hearings for Permits to Construct
Certain types of installations all for public review, known as APA (Administrative Procedures Act) Permits. Please contact Shannon Heafey, Public Participation Coordinator, at 410-537-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on these meetings and hearings, including inclement weather rescheduling, or to add your name to an Interested Parties List. Please click here to view scheduled Informational Meetings and Hearings.
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, the Final Determination will be listed here. 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.
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