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.

Please submit comments to the Department  to the attention of: Ms. Shannon Heafey, Air Permitting Public Participation Coordinator, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 720, Baltimore, MD 21230, or by email:  Please call 410-537-4433 with any questions.

These construction projects are below:

Department of Agriculture- Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
A permit to construct application was received on September 17, 2017 for the installation of one 14.7 MMBtu/hr dual-fuel fired (natural gas and No. 2 oil) trailer-mounted boiler to be located on their property at 10300 Baltimore Avenue, Building 202, Beltsville MD.
W. R. Grace Company
installation of two 2485kW (3448 brake horsepower) natural gas-fired generator sets for supplyingcombined heat and power. The installation will be located at their property, 5500 Chemical Road, Baltimore, MD 21226.
Union Hospital of Cecil County
Installation of one natural gas fired non-emergency generator rated at 1200 kW.  The proposed installation will be located at 106 Bow Street, Elkton, MD 21921

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. See list below:​

Docket Location
collapse PO_type : Request for Informational Meeting ‎(2)
Buckeye Terminals, LLC's Baltimore Terminal
Modification of the existing truck loading rack to add one new gasoline/ethanol loading arm and two new distillate loading arms, and the modifcation of two existing tanks to add internal floating roofs for gasoline storage. The modification will be located at 6200 Penningon Avneue Balirmoew, MD 21226.
The Docket can be found at the Brooklyn Branch Library, 300 East Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore MD 21225, and at MDE Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230. Ask for Docket # 18-17.
Tri-Star Mining, Inc
installation of one electric powered rotary breaker rated at 300 tons per hour to replace the existing electric powered coal breaker/screen rated at 300 tons per hour, to be located on their property at Route 36 Brashear Mines Area in Barton, Allegany County.
George's Creek Branch of the Allegany Library System, 76 Main Street, Lonaconing, MD.  Please ask for Docket # 19-17.  A copy of this docket is also available at MDE headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Scheduled Informational Meetings and Public Hearings for Permits to Construct

Certain types of installations known as APA (Administrative Procedures Act) Permits call for public review. Please contact Shannon Heafey, Public Participation Coordinator, at 410-537-4433 or for additional information on these meetings and hearings, including inclement weather rescheduling, or to add your name to an Interested Parties List. The scheduled Informational Meetings and Hearings are listed below:​

Meeting Location
Docket Location
collapse PO_type : Scheduled Informational Meeting ‎(5)
Maryland Crematory
one U.S. Cremation "Excel" unit human crematory to be located at 408 Headquarters Drive, Millersville, MD 21108
12/12/2017 6:30 PM
Earleigh Heights Fire Volunteer Fire Comapny Hall, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146
Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061,  and Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21230.  Please ask for docket #16-17.
Humanim Inc.
installation of one 35 ton per hour brick crushing plant to be located at 222 North Calverton Road, Baltimore MD
11/1/2017 6:00 PM
MDE Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21230
Clean Earth Aggregates, LLC
Installation of a portable crushing and screening plant rated at 300 tons per hour which will be powered by 2 diesel engines. It will be located at 12025 Billingsley Road, Waldorf, MD
10/10/2017 6:00 PM
Waldorf West Branch Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf MD
Waldorf West Branch Library, Docket 11-17
Auston Transfer and Processing Facility
Tire gasification pyrolysis conversion process to be located at 1202 Pauls Lane, Joppa, MD 21085
9/5/2017 6:30 PM
Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Station, 1403 Old Mountain Road South, Joppa, MD 21085
Joppa Branch Library, 655 Old Towne Centre Drive, Joppa MD 21085.  Ask for Docket # 13-17
Dominion Cove Point - Charles Station
Installation of a natural gas compressor station consisting of two turbines, one emergency generator, one boiler, and three storage tanks to be located at 6855 Barrys Hill Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616. 
3/1/2017 7:00 PM
Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department located at 3099 Livingston Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616. In case of inclement weather the informational meeting will take place on March 9, 2017 at the same time and location.
Potomac Branch Library, 3255 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, MD 20640. Please ask for Docket #24-16
collapse PO_type : Scheduled Public Hearing ‎(1)
MCM Management Corporation
Installation of 5 crushing and screening plants consisting of 11 pieces of crushing and screening equipment powered by electric and associated generator sets to be located at 1430 Sparrows Point Boulevard, Sparrows Point, MD 21219.
11/8/2017 7:00 PM
North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Hall, 7500 North Point Road, Sparrows Point, MD 21219
North Point Branch Library, 1716 Merritt Boulvard, Dundalk, MD 21222.  Ask for Docket #06-17.

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, 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. The list of Final Determinations are listed below:​

Clean Earth Inc. 12/6/2017
MCM Management Corporation12/4/2017
M. Luis Products LLC11/17/2017
Lifoam Industries10/21/2017
Bluegrass Materials Company LLC - North East Quarry10/19/2017
J. Richard Breeding Excavating Inc. 9/6/2017
Host Terminals Inc8/25/2017
Comus Property LLC 8/21/2017
Machado Construction7/31/2017