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:

Naval Support Activities Bethesda
Installation of one(1) Kewanee H35-1000 diesel-fired boiler rated at 42 MMBtu/hr.  The proposed installation will be located at 4655 Taylor Road, Building 27, Bethesda, MD 20889.
David Edward Furniture, Inc.
Installation of one (1) Cummins QST30 diesel-fired non-emergency generator rated at 1440 horse power, to be located at 1407 Parker Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227.
Berlin Town Power Plant
Installation of CAT Model G3520 stationary spark ignition (SI) internal combustion engine (ICE) rated at 2000-kW (2952 brake horse power) to replace an existing diesel-fired Mitsubishi engine rated at 2829 bph to be located at 309 Williams Street, Berlin, MD.

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:​

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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
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Coffman Recycling Center, LLC
Installation of one (1) 300 ton per hour diesel-powered crushing and screening plant to be located at 8027 Reichs Ford Road, Frederick, MD 21701.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Informational Meeting has been postponed until further notice in accordance with Governor Larry Hogan's Covid 19 Executive Orders
3/30/2020 6:30 PM
C Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701.  Please Note: in case of inclement weather, the Informational Meeting will take place on April 7, 2020 at the same time and location.
C Burr Artz Library, Docket # 13-19

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:​

Eastern Shore Forest Products4/14/2020
Montgomery Scrap Co.4/14/2020
Beall Funeral Home3/13/2020
Rustoleum Corporation3/13/2020
Allan Myers Materials Bishopsville2/12/2020
Arlington Crematory1/17/2020
City of Hagerstown Wastewater Treatment Plant1/10/2020
Tolson and Associates, LLC1/6/2020
Stone Tech12/13/2019
David A Bramble- Massey10/1/2019

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