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General Discharge Permit

General Permit for Discharges from Surface Coal Mines and Related Facilities
Maryland General Permit No. 11-CM; NPDES No. MDG85

Final Determination Issued

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has made a final determination to reissue the General Permit for Discharges from Surface Coal Mines and Related Facilities. The Department held a public hearing concerning the tentative determination on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The comment period for the tentative determination closed on June 26, 2013. In response to all comments received during the comment period, the Department has issued a final determination.
The final determination documents may be viewed in their entirety by downloading them from the links below. Specifically, the final determination consists of the following documents:  the final permit, the notice of final determination and the response to comments document.

Important Announcements

  • The new permit will be effective on May 1, 2014.
  • To maintain continuous coverage, complete renewal applications for coverage are due by June 29, 2014 (60 days after the effective date). To be considered complete, applications must include a completely filled-in Notice of Intent (NOI), the requisite fee and a site map. Since June 29, 2013, happens to be a Sunday, complete applications postmarked with a date as late as June 29, 2014, are acceptable for maintaining continuous coverage.

Final Determination  

Permit (Final)


  • 11-CM Fact Sheet - The fact sheet remains unchanged from the tentative determination. To see the rationale for any changes made for the final determination see the response to comments document.


Supplemental Information

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Maryland Department of the Environment, Water Management Administration, Industrial and General Permits Division at 410-537-3323.