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APPLICATIONS AND FORMS

 

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.

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.  The following permit to construct applications are currently available for public participation:

Opportunities for Informational Meetings and Public Hearings.  Please click HERE  to view.

 

SCHEDULED INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS and HEARINGS for PERMITS to CONSTRUCT and TITLE V PERMITS

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. 

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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