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:

VA Medical Center - Perry Point
Installation of a dual-fuel fired boiler (natural gas with No. 2 oil backup) rated at 38.48 MMbtu/hr heat input equipped with low NOx burners to replace an existing 46 MMbtu/hr dual-fuel fired (natural gas and No. 2 oil backup) boiler.  The proposed  installation will be located at 515 Broad Street, (Building 315 Boiler House Road), Perry Point, MD 21902
TAMKO Buuilding Products, LLC
Permit to construct application for seven existing 140-ton colored granule silos located at 4500 Tamko Drive, Fredrick MD 21703.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
GBMC submitted an quality application for a permit to construct for the installation of a natural gas fired combined heat and power unit rated at 3448 HP.  The proposed installation would be located at 6701 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204.
Laurel Sand & Gravel, Beaver Creek Quarry
Installation of one portable screen, two conveyors and one John Deere diesel generator rated at 313 hp.  The proposed installation will be located at 10101 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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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Reliable Contracting Co., Inc.
Installation of one 400tph asphalt pavement matrials mixing plant and one 300 tons per hour recycled asphalt pavement crushing and screening plant to be located 12550 Acton lane, Waldorf, MD 20601
2/10/2020 6:00 PM
Charles County Public Library, Waldorf West Branch, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf MD 20601.

Please note: in case of inclement weather, the meeting will take place on February 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM.
The Docket is located at the Waldorf West Branch Library
Origin Baltimore Terminals LLC
Installation of one used motor oil recycling facility
12/12/2019 6:30 PM
Curtis Bay Recreation Center, 1630 Filbert Street, Baltimore, MD 21226
The Docket may be reviewed at the Brooklyn Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 300 E. Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225
Mann-Pak, Inc.
Air quality Permit to Construct for one flexographic printing press to be located at 9601 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 410, Baltimore, MD 21220.
10/29/2019 6:30 PM
Rosedale Branch Library, 6105 Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21237
Essex Branch Library, 1110 Easten Boulevard, Essex MD 21221,  Rosedale Branch Library, 6105 Kenwood Avenue, 21237, and MDE Headquarters

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:​

Arlington Crematory1/17/2020
City of Hagerstown Wastewater Treatment Plant1/10/2020
Tolson and Associates, LLC1/6/2020
Stone Tech12/13/2019
Choptank Excavating10/1/2019
David A Bramble- Massey10/1/2019
Morgan Creek Land Holdings, LLC/ Gillespie7/16/2019
Complete Recycling Group5/22/2019
Center Point Terminal Company LLC5/20/2019
Agape Pet Services5/3/2019