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:

Under Armor Performance Center
Installation of one natural gas fired engine rated at 1468 HP to be located at 1 Winning Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Valley Proteins, Inc. Linkwood
Air Quality Permit to Construct for the installation of one (1) Johnson Firetube boiler, rated at 39.5 million BTU heat input, fired by natural gas/fuel oil/ rendered animal fat.  The proposed installation would be located on their property at 5420 Linkwood Road, Linkwood, MD 21835.

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 ‎(1)
Gillespie Precast, LLC
Installation of a waste concrete crushing and screening operation to be located at Morgan Creek Holdings, 27030 Morgnec Road, Chestertown, MD 21620
The Docket (20-18) can be viewed at the Chestertown Branch Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620,  and at MDE Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21230
collapse PO_type : Request for Public Hearing ‎(2)
Complete Recycling Group, LLC
Installation of one metal reclamation furnace- a secondary aluminum sweat furnace- to be located at 1500 W. Pulaski Highway, Elkton, MD 21921
The docket is located at the Elkton Branch Library, 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD. Ask for Docket #09-18
Lee Funeral Home, Inc
Installation of one pet crematory to be located at their property, 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road, Clinton MD 20735
The docket may be viewed at the Surratts-Clinton Branch Library, 9400 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735.

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 ‎(2)
Arlington Crematory, Inc.
Permit to Construct Application for the installation of one human crematory to be located at 2313 51st Place, Hyattsville, MD 20785.
4/24/2019 6:30 PM
The Informational Meeting will be held at the Cheverly Community Center, 6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD 20785.
The Docket may be viewed at the Hyattsville Branch Library, 6502 America Boulevard, Hyattsville, MD 20782,  and at MDE Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore MD, 21230.  Ask for Docket #15-18
Tolson & Associates, LLC
Installation of one concrete crushing and Screening operation to be located on their property at 1451 Capitol Raceway Road, Crofton, MD 21114.
1/24/2019 7:00 PM
Nantucket Elementary School, 2350 Nantucket Road, Crofton, MD 21114.  Please note: in case of inclement weather, the informational meeting will take place on January 31st, same time and location.
Crofton Community Library, 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, MD 21114
Please ask for Docket # 18-18

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:​

Belle Grove Corporation3/25/2019
Roebuck Printing3/6/2019
The Recycling Center11/14/2018
Integrated Salt Products, LLC11/2/2018
Maryland Crematory10/22/2018
Access World (USA) LLC10/5/2018
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens10/1/2018
National Institutes of Health9/25/2018
Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory9/25/2018