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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

Aggregate Industries at Sheriff Road Permit to Construct for Crushing and Screening

A tentative determination has been made to issue a permit to construct to Aggregate Industries for a crushing and screening plant to be located on Sheriff Road, Capitol Heights.  The application can be found here.  The Tentative Determination can be found here. The draft permit conditions can be found here.  Comments will be accepted through January 8, 2016. They can be submitted to the Department to Shannon Heafey, Department of the Environment, ARMA, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 720, Baltimore MD 21230-1720.

Targa Terminals, LLC. Permit to Construct for NON-CRUDE OIL PROJECT Issued

An Air Quality Permit to Construct was issued to Targa Terminals, LLC on May 26, 2015 to install equipment to allow Targa to off-load distillates, non- crude oils, and various grades of fuel oils from rail cars to load into tanker trucks, in addition to current marine vessel loading operations. 

The Targa Permit Summary Document can be found here.  The Targa Permit to Construct conditions can be found here. 

 

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.

 

The Air Quality Permit to Construct for Dominion Transmission Inc. Myersville 07/01/14 has been issued.  The permit cover page (AMA-1) is here.  The Permit Conditions are here.  The Response to Comments Document is here.  

Please Note:  An Air Quality Permit to Construct application for DTI Myersville for a second compressor station to be located on the existing property will be the subject of an Informational Meeting on September 3, 2015.  Details can be found under "Scheduled Informational Meetings and Hearings" below.

 

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 2000kw 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 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 Opportunities

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. 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:  

  •  Holcim (US) Inc.- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA), received a permit to construct application from Holcim (US) Incorporated on August 5, 2015 for the installation of three (3) contingency open clinker storage piles at the existing cement manufacturing plant located at 1260 Security Road, Hagerstown, MD. The comment period will expire on September 8, 2015.  
     
  • Coastal Sunbelt Produce- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA), received a permit to construct application from Coastal Sunbelt Produce on September 10, 2015 for the installation of six diesel fired generators, each rated at 685 kilowatts (932 horsepower), for emergency and peak shaving operation.  The proposed installation will be located at 9001 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD.  The comment period will expire on November 13, 2015. 
     

  • MGM National Harbor Destination Resort Casino- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from MGM National Harbor Destination Resort Casino on July 24, 2015 to install a central utility plant which includes one (1) non-emergency generator powered by a 1,106 brakehorse power (BHP) natural-gas fired Caterpillar internal combustion engine.  The proposed installation will be located at the MGM National Harbor Destination Resort Casino.   The comment period will expire on November 30. 2015.

 

  • University of Maryland , St. Joseph Medical Center-The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from The University Of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center on December 4, 2015 for the installation of a natural gas fired boiler rated at32.3 MMBtu/hr equipped with low NOx burners.  The boiler is capable of firing No. 2 oil during periods of natural gas curtailment. The proposed installation will be located at 7601 Osler Drive, Towson, MD.  The comment period will expire on February 26, 2016.

 

  • LifeBridge Health- Sinai Hospital- The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA) received a permit to construct application from LifeBridge Health - Sinai Hospital on November 4, 2015 for the installation of one dual-fuel (natural gas and no. 2 fuel oil fired) boiler rated at 42 million Btu/hr and equipped with a low NOx burner. The installation will be located at 2401 West Belvedere Avenue, Mt. Pleasant  Building, Baltimore, MD 21215. The comment period will expire on February 26, 2016.

 

 

Public Participation Opportunities

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 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.

  • August 26, 2015 7:00 PM.  Informational Meeting for a permit to construct application submitted by Transcontinental Pipeline for the addition of one natural gas-fired combustion turbine rated at 30,000 HP and one natural gas-fired emergency generator rated at 1065 BHP to be located at their existing compressor station at 11910 Carroll Mill Road, Ellicott City, MD.  The Informational Meeting will be held at the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD.

  • September 3, 2015 6:00 PM. Informational Meeting for a permit to construct application submitted by DTI Myersville for the installation of one natural gas compressor station to be located at their current site in Myersville, MD. The Informational Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM after a Poster Session at 6:00 PM and will be held at the Myersville Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 301 Main Street, Myersville, MD 21773.

  • October 26, 2015 6:30 PM. Public Hearing for a permit to construct application submitted by Aggregate Industries for the installation of a recycled asphalt (RAP), crushing, screening, and fractionation plant to be located on their property at 5800 Sheriff Road, Capitol Heights MD.  The Hearing will be held at the Prince George's Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave, Landover, MD 20785.

  • November 2, 2015, 6:30PM.  Informational Meeting for a permit to construct application submitted by C. J. Miller for the installation of one asphalt paving mixing plant and one crushing and screening plant to be located on their property at 2903 Dede Road, Finksburg.  The Informational Meeting will be held at the Sandymount Elementary School Cafeteria, 2222 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, MD.

  • December 3, 2015, 6:30 PM. Public Hearing for a permit to construct application submitted by P&J Trucking LLC for the installation of one crusher and three screens to be located on their property located at 4300 Shannon Drive, Baltimore MD. The Hearing will be held at the Herring Run Recreation Center, 5001 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore MD.  Please note:  in case of inclement weather, the Hearing will take place on December 9, 2015 at the same time and location.

  • December 10, 2015, 6:30 PM. Second Public Hearing for Aggregate Industries for a permit to construct application for the installation of a recycled asphalt plant (RAP), crushing, screening, and fractionation plant to be located at 5850 Sheriff Road, Capitol Heights MD. The Hearing will take place at the Prince George's Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD.  Please note: in case of inclement weather, the Hearing will take place on December 14, 2015 at the same time and location.

  • January 6, 2016, 6:30 PM. Public Informational Meeting for Faithful Memories for a permit to construct application for the installation of one pet crematory to be located at 4827 Buffalo Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771.  The Informational Meeting will take place at the Mt. Airy Branch Library,  Small Meeting Room, 705 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy, MD 21771. In case of inclement weather, the Informational Meeting will be held on January 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room of the Mt. Airy Branch Library.

  • March 3, 2016, 6:00 PM. Public Hearing for a request from New NGC Inc., d/b/a National Gypsum for an alternative VOC emissions standard associated with a modification of the Board Kiln #1 at their property at 2301 S. Newkirk Avenue, Baltimore, MD. The permit actions discussed here will be submitted to the EPA for approval as revisions to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP).  The public hearing for the draft Department Order and draft Air Quality Permit to Construct conditions  will be held on March 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224. Please note: in case of inclement weather, the Hearing will be held on March 7, 2016 at the same time and location.

   

  

Final Determinations for APA Permits to Construct

Name of Company Date of Permit Issuance
Fil-Tec 02/03/2016
Resthaven Memorial Gardens 12/29/2015

Potts and Callahan

11/17/2015
Harford Sands 11/16/2015
Best Friend Pet Cremation, Inc. 11/12/2015
Chesapeake Crematory 10/29/2015
MCM Management Corp. 10/13/2015
Atlantic Crematory, LLC 10/13/2015
Agape Pet Services 09/28/2015
Naval Support Facility, Indianhead 08/10/2015
VacPac, Inc. 08/10/2015
Old Castle Aberdeen d/b/a Anchor 07/16/2015

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