Hazardous Waste Program
Responsible for the regulation of hazardous waste in Maryland; makes routine, unannounced inspections of hazardous waste generators and permitted hazardous waste facilities; and provides technical assistance and serves as a clearing house for information.
Land Restoration Program
Provides financial incentives for the redevelopment of brownfields, which are sites that either qualify for the Voluntary Cleanup Program or are contaminated by oil. Redevelopment of these sites will help revitalize industrial and commercial areas. Administers the “Superfund” program, that assesses suspected hazardous waste sites, including federal facilities, to control and remove environmental and public health threats through site cleanups and remedial actions
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning; oversees case management follow-up by local health departments for children with elevated blood lead levels; certifies and enforces performance standards for inspectors and contractors working in lead hazard reduction; and performs environmental investigations for lead poisoned children.
Oil Control Program
Regulates all oil-related activities, such as aboveground and underground oil storage facilities, oil-contaminated soil treatment facilities, and oil transportation; oversees the installation, maintenance, operation and removal of oil storage tanks; investigates complaints of illegal dumping and the improper handling of oil as well as non-compliance with State and federal regulations.
Waste Diversion and Utilization Program
Promotes and encourages waste diversion across the state of Maryland; assists Counties and State agencies in their efforts to divert materials from landfills by; provides technical assistance and education directly to the Counties; works with other State agencies to increase their volume of materials recycled; works to develop markets for recyclable materials; and assists generators who are attempting to reduce the amount of waste they create.
Solid Waste Program
Responsible for assuring that society's domestic, commercial, and non-hazardous industrial solid waste is handled properly; regulates Solid Waste Acceptance (SWA) facilities to ensure the proper disposal of solid waste in an environmentally acceptable manner; ensures the cleanup of illegal scrap tire stockpiles and manages the collection, transportation, recycling, and processing of scrap tires generated in Maryland; and ensures that sewage sludge is properly managed.
Mining in Maryland
Aims to protect the public and the environment from the potential impacts of active mining; promotes the restoration and enhancement of active and abandoned mine land and water resources; provides information on mining in Maryland from regulatory permitting to abandoned mine reclamation; and provides water quality data and historical perspectives related to mining in Maryland.