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Notice of Public Hearing - Interprecursor Trading Regulations- Emissions Reduction Credits
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will hold a public hearing on February 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM at MDE offices, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21230, the subject of which will be amendments to allow interprecursor trading of ozone precursors, NOx and VOC. These regulations will amend the requirements pertaining to Emissions Reduction Credits (ERCs) contained in COMAR 26.11.17 Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications. The link to the Maryland Register notice dated January 19, 2018 can be found here.
An informational meeting was held on September 5, 2017 for a permit to construct application submitted by Auston Transfer and Processing, LLC for the installation of one tire gasification pyrolysis conversion process to be located at their property on 1202 Pauls Lane, Joppa MD. The company's presentation which included a Power Point presentation, can be viewed here.
Public Hearing Scheduled
March 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM for a draft Air Quality Permit to Construct for one natural gas compressor station consisting of two compressor turbines, each equipped with SCR and oxidation catalysts, one 1070 HP emergency generator, one 5.25 MMbutu boiler, and three storage tanks.
The Public Hearing will be held at the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Hall located at 3099 Livingston Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616. The public comment period begins March 14, 2018 and expires April 13, 2018. Comments may be submitted at the Public Hearing or in writing to the Department to the attention of Ms. Shannon Heafey, MDE/ARA, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 720, Baltimore MD 21230-1720. Citizens may request a one-time 60 day extension to the comment period at the Public Hearing or in writing to the Department during the comment period. Please note: the public comment period scheduled to end on April 13, 2018 has been extended through June 12, 2018.
The tentative determination can be found here. The draft permit conditions may be found here. Both documents will also be included in the Dockets located at the Potomac Branch Library, 3255 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head MD 20640, and at MDE headquarters.
The Air Quality Permits program received a Permit to Construct Application for the Charles Station project for one compressor station that will consist of two combustion turbines equipped with SCR and thermal oxidation units, one 1070HP emergency generator, one 5MMBTU boiler and three storage tanks to be located on their property at 6855 Barrys Hill Road in Bryans Road, MD.
This application can be found at the Potomac Branch of the Charles County library located in Indian Head, MD and can be viewed online here. Application Supplement One SCR can be found here. Application Supplement Two air dispersion modeling can be found here. Supplement site map can be found here.
The presentation given at the informational meeting by Dominion can be viewed here.
Effective August 29, 2016 the following General Permits have had fee changes:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Effective May 4, 2016, The Air Quality Permits Program has updated two application forms which are available on our website.
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 email@example.com, or at 410-537-3230.
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 informal Informational Meetings and formal 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.
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, 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 draft permits. Draft permits which qualify under the Alternate Public Review category can be found listed with other APA draft permits.
Please see the Public Participation Opportunities page here for current opportunities to review and comment on draft permits with expanded public review and draft Alternate NSPS permits. The list includes opportunities to request Informational Meetings and Public Hearings and scheduled Informational Meetings and Public Hearings. Permits with Final Determinations and dates issued can also be found on the Public Participation Opportunities page.
Please contact Shannon Heafey, Public Participation Coordinator, at 410-537-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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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