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Air Quality Permits Program

This section contains information on air quality permits to construct and operate. Instructions and general guidance documents are available as well as downloadable forms. Permit forms are available in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. 

 

PROGRAM NEWS

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 stadndared". 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 Nonatainment 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.

The Air Quality Permit to Construct for Dominion Transmission Inc. Myersville has been issued.  The permit cover page (AMA-1) is here;  the Permit Conditions are here and the Response to Comments Document is here.  

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 to greater than 2000 kilowatts (kw).  

In accordance with the new PSC regulations, applicants proposing to install a new electric generator rated at 2000kw or less will no longer be required to obtain a CPCN waiver prior to obtaining an Air Quallity 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 373kw or greater.  Questions pertaining to this change may be directed to David Mummert, Chief, Technical Support, at david.mummert@maryland.gov, or at 410-537-3230.

 

APPLICATIONS AND FORMS

 

Air Quality Permit Applications Subject to House Bill 95- Alternate Public Participation

House Bill 95- New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Alternate Public Review Procedure for Certain Sources

House Bill 95, which took effect on October 1, 2013, establishes 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 for three weeks from the date they are posted on this webpage. The comment period expiration dates will be included with the listing, as indicated below.

Please submit any comments or questions on the following permit applications to Shannon Heafey at shannon.heafey@maryland.gov

 

  • Lafarge - Chase Sand Plant - The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from Lafarge Chase Sand Plant on January 22, 2015  for a diesel generator rated at 725 kW (600 horsepower) for non-emergency operation.  The installation will be located at 301 Earls Road, Chase, MD 21220.  The comment period will expire on February 17, 2015. 

 

  • Vulcan Construction Materials, LP- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from Vulcan Construction Materials, LP on January 30, 2015 for the addition of one crushed stone material barge loading conveying system (Telestacker) and three conveyors to the facility's exisiting stone crushing and screeing plant.  The proposed modification will be located at the facility's Havre de Grace quarry, 938 Quarry Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078.  The comment period will expire on February 27, 2015.

 

  • S. H. Bell Company- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from S. H. Bell Company on March 27, 2015 for the installation of two lime transfer systems, each powered by one 66horsepower engine/generator and one fabric filter dust collector. The proposed installation will be located at 1200 East Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225.  The comment period will expire on April 29, 2015.

 

  • Perdue Agribusiness LLC- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from Perdue Agribusiness LLC on March 30, 2015 for the installation of one boiler rated at 32.659 million BTU per hour, fired by natural gas with No. 2 fuel oil, or No. 6 oil as back-up fuels only when natural gas is interrupted.  The proposed installation will be located at 6906 Zion Church Road, Salisbury MD 21802.  The comment period will expire on April 30, 2015. 

 

  • Easton Utilities- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from Easton Utilities on March 26, 2015 for the installation of one (1) 1000kW internal combustion engine burning landfill gas at the Talbot County Landfill.  The proposed installation will be located at 7073 Barker's Landing Road, Easton MD, 21601.  The comment period will expire on June 12, 2015.

 

 

Air Quality Draft Permits to Construct and Title V/Part 70 Informational Meetings and Public Hearings

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 shannon.heafey@maryland.gov  for additional information on these meetings and hearings, including inclement weather rescheduling, or to add your name to an Interested Parties List.

 

Scheduled Informational Meetings and Hearings:  

 

  •  April 6, 2015 6:00PM. Informational Meeting for a permit to construct for P&J Trucking, LLC for the installation of one crusher and three screens to be added to their existing crushing and screening facility located at 4300 Shannon Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.  The Informational Meeting will be held at the Herring Run Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3801 Erdman Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213.

 

  • April 15, 2015 7:00PM. Informational Meeting for a permit to construct for Aggregate Industries for the installation of a recycled asphalt product (RAP) crushing, screening and fractionation plant.   The plant will be located on their property at 5800 Sheriff Road, Capitol Heights, MD. The Informational Meeting will be held at the Prince George's Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover MD 20785. 

 

  • May 21, 2015 6:00PM.  Informational Meeting for a permit to construct for Barnabas Road Associates, LP for the installation of four crushers and one conveyor to be added to the existing plant located at 4763 Clifton Road, Temple Hills MD.  The Informational Meeting will be held at Suitland High School's Library Media Center, 5200 Silver Hill Road, District Heights, MD 20747. 

 

 

  Final Determinations for APA Permits to Construct

Name of Company Date of Permit Issuance
Blugrass Medford Quarry 05/06/2015
Walker Brothers Mining 03/24/2015
Berg Corporation 02/11/2015
W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. Appleton 02/02/2015
DC Materials 12/26/2014
Daniel G. Schuster Concrete 10/24/2014
Mid Shore Cremation 10/01/2014
Fil-Tec Corporation 09/11/2014
Dominion Transmission Inc. Myersville 06/10/2014
Holcim US 04/11/2014
Lafarge Mid Atlantic Texas Quarry 03/18/2014
R. Bowman 03/11/2014
Lehigh Cement Company 03/14/2014
Lafarge Mid Atlantic Marriottsville 02/02/2014
HB Mellott Company 01/03/2014

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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