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Auston Tire and Processing LLC Permit to Construct Application Informational Meeting Presentation

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 included a Power Point presentation. It can be viewed here.

Allan Myers MD, Inc. Permit to Constuct Final Determination

Allan Myers MD, Inc. submitted a permit to construct applicaton for the installation of a 300 tph portable waste concrete and recycled asphalt paving (RAP) crushing and screening plant to be located on their property at 2203 Old Mountain Road, Joppa MD. A Public Hearing was held on June 7, 2017. A request for an extension to the comment period was submitted and granted. The extended comment period expired on August 22, 2017.

The Department has reviewed the application and comments received and has made a final determination that proposed installation would not cause violations of any applicable air pollution control regulations.  The permit will be issued with an effective date of October 10, 2017.   The Final Determination may be found here.  The Permit may be found here. The Response to Comments document may be found here

 

Texas Eastern Transmission Natural Gas Compressor Station Public Hearing for a Renewal Part 70/ Title V Air Quality Operating Permit

On April 26, 2017 7PM a Public Hearing was held for a Renewal Part 70/ Title V Operating Permit for Texas Eastern Transmission for its storage facility in Accident MD.

This public hearing was held for the purpose of taking testimony on the draft Part 70 /Title V Operating Permit. The comment period expired on May 1, 2017. Interested parties may review the application and draft permit language at the Ruth Enlow Library, 106 S. North Street in Accident, MD. The Renewal Title V Application can be viewed here, with Addendum 1 here, and Addendum 2 here. The draft permit conditions can be viewed here and the Fact Sheet can be viewed here. Comments raised during the comment period and at the Public Hearing will be addressed in a document called the Response to Comments. This document will be posted here and placed in the docket at the Ruth Enlow branch libraryupon completion. As of July 1, 2017 the comments are under review. Although the Department's authority is limited to the Air Quality Regulations in COMAR, every effort will be made to address concerns raised during th ecomment period which are not within the scope of the Part 70/ Title V permit. More information on the Part 70/ Title V Program can be found under the Title V Program Information tab found on the left bar of this page.

Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP Charles Compressor Station Permit to Construct Application

The Air Quality Permits program received a Permit to Construct Application for the Charles Station project that consists 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. The presentation given at the informational meeting by Dominion can be viewed here.


General Permits Fee Reductions

Effective August 29, 2016 the following General Permits have had fee changes:

  • Charbroiler and Pit Barbeque General Permit fee has been reduced to $100.00 per piece of equipment
  • Small Boiler General Permit fee has been reduced to $400.00 per piece of equipment.

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 christopher.mentzer@maryland.gov.

EPA Designates New Area in Maryland as Nonattainment for the 2010 SO2 NAAQS

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.

New Permit to Construct Forms

Effective May 4, 2016, The Air Quality Permits Program has updated two application forms which are available on our website.

  • Form 5T replaces Form 5A for Toxic Air Pollution (TAP) compliance and summary data.
  • Form EP replaces Form 5B for emissions point data.
  • Updated toxic air pollutant regulation guidance documents can be downloaded here.
  • Also new on our website is the Permit to Construct Checklist, which is now included with Forms 5, 10, 11, 41, 42 and 44.

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.

CPCN Waivers for New Electric Generation (Effective February 16, 2015).

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 suna.sariscak@maryland.gov, or at 410-537-3230.

 

Public Participation Opportunities For APA and Alternate NSPS Air Quality Permits To Construct

Public Participation Opportunities for Permits to Construct with Expanded Review

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.

Certain Sources Subject to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

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.

List of Public Participation Opportunities

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 shannon.heafey@maryland.gov 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.