Air & Radiation Regulations Public Hearings, Meetings and Request for Comments

Current Hearing Announcements

caretNotice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: Amend Regulation .05C under Chapter COMAR 26.11.18 concerning record keeping requirements for agriculturally related installations to ensure consistent record keeping with permits issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The purpose of this action is to amend Regulation .05C from COMAR 26.11.18 Control of Agriculturally Related Installations. The Department proposes to amend the record keeping requirements so that records are to be held on-site for a period of five years. This action will ensure that the record keeping period is consistent with Department permits to operate and standard compliance procedures for affected facilities.

The Action will not be submitted to EPA as a State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The full text of the proposed regulatory action appears in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on September 23, 2022.

The Department of the Environment will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed action on October 26, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://meet.goto.com/444370645

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073

Access Code: 444-370-645
 
Interested persons are invited to attend the virtual public hearing and express their views.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2022.
Comments may be submitted to:
Randy Mosier, Chief of the Air Quality Regulations Division
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
or by email at randy.mosier@maryland.gov.
For more information contact Randy Mosier at (410) 537-4488.

caretNotice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: Amendments to Regulation .02 under Chapter COMAR 26.11.20 concerning exemptions for new motor vehicles sold at Dealers, wholesalers, auto insurers, and auctions. 

The purpose of this action is to provide an exemption for new motor vehicles sold by a Dealer, vehicles sold at wholesale and by auto insurers, and vehicles sold at auctions conducted by auctioneers not in title as specified under COMAR 26.11.20.02 Motor Vehicle Emission Control Devices. On February 7, 2022, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE or the Department) expanded prohibitions pertaining to (1) the removal or alteration of a motor vehicle's air pollution control systems; (2) the operation of motor vehicles with removed, altered, or inoperative air pollution control systems; (3) the manufacture, sale, installation, and use of any device that prevents a motor vehicle's air pollution control system from operating as originally designed; and (4) the offering for sale, sale, lease, auction or transfer of any motor vehicle with removed, altered, or inoperative air pollution control systems.

Section (4) above applies to the retail transaction of motor vehicles that occur between a licensed dealer and the consumer. Under this action, exemptions are being extended to cover new motor vehicles, vehicles sold at wholesale, and by auto insurers that take ownership of motor vehicles associated with total loss claims, which occur when a vehicle sustains so much damage it is more economical for the insurance company to purchase the vehicle for its pre-accident value rather than repair the vehicle. Auto insurers typically dispose of those vehicles at auction in an effort to recoup some of the claim costs. Exemptions will also cover auctions acting on behalf of a seller, secured party or owner where the title does not pass to the auctioneer or to the facilitating auction location. This action will exempt from compliance with COMAR 26.11.20.02 auto insurers and those transactions identified in COMAR 26.11.20.02C(1) that are conducted by auctioneers not in title, as specified under the conditions outlined in proposed COMAR 26.11.20.02C.

The Department will continue to enhance compliance investigations pertaining to the operation and transaction of tampered vehicles. The Department will continue to monitor auctions to determine whether the exemption for auctions results in significantly tampered vehicles operating on Maryland roadways, despite undergoing state safety inspections that examine emission control systems.

The proposed amendments to COMAR 26.11.20.02 will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland’s SIP.​​

 
The full text of the proposed regulatory action  appears in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on September 23, 2022.

 
The Department of the Environment will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed action on October 26, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://meet.goto.com/874130917

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679

Access Code: 874-130-917
 
Interested persons are invited to attend the virtual public hearing and express their views.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2022.
Comments may be submitted to:
Marcia Ways, Mobile Sources Control Program Manager
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
or by email at marcia.ways@maryland.gov.
For more information contact Marcia Ways at (410) 537-3270.

Additional information pertaining to anti-tampering can be found here: https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Air/MobileSources/Pages/Anti-Tampering.aspx


carotNotice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amendments to COMAR 11.14.08 - Vehicle Emissions Inspections Program​. 

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The Secretary of the Environment and the Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Administration jointly propose to amend Regulations .01—.06 and .20, adopt new Regulation .07, amend and recodify Regulations .07 —.14 to be Regulations .08—.15 respectively, recodify Regulation .15 to be Regulation .16, amend and recodify Regulations .16—.18 to be Regulations .17—.19 respectively; and repeal Regulation .19 under COMAR 11.14.08 – Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program. This proposal modernizes and enhances the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) to improve motorist convenience while continuing to maintain the significant air quality progress that has been achieved since the program's inception.

The regulatory action listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as a revision to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed regulatory action appears in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on September 9, 2022.

The Department of the Environment will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed action on October 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://meet.goto.com/934722053

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073

Access Code: 934-722-053

Interested persons are invited to attend and express their views.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. onOctober 11, 2022.​


For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:

Marcia Ways, Mobile Sources Control Program Manager

Maryland Department of the Environment

1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720 

or by email at marcia.ways@maryland.gov 

Telephone (410) 537-3270


caretNotice of public comment concerning the following proposed action for Radiation Management: Amend regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01, Radiation Protection.​ 

The Maryland Department of the Environment is accepting comments until September 12, 2022. The purpose of this action is to amend COMAR 26.12.01.01 Incorporation by Reference to incorporate Supplement 32 with the following: (a) Revise the Electronic Brachytherapy regulation in Sections F.8 and F.9; (b) Incorporate the NRC RATS 2018-3, 2019-1, 2019-2, 2020-1, 2020-2, and 2020-3; and (c) Miscellaneous corrections including a correction to RATS 2018-1 by adding the words “...or equivalent NRC requirements or Agreement State requirements." within Sections G.300 and G.690.

The full text of the proposed regulatory amendments was published in the Maryland Register on August 12, 2022.

The proposed revised regulatory supplement, Supplement 32, is available on the Maryland Department of the Environment Website at https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Air/RadiologicalHealth/Pages/RegulationsforControlofIonizingRadiation.aspx.

Deadline for Comments: September 12, 2022, 5:00 pm. 

Comments may be mailed or emailed to the address below. For more information or to submit comments, please contact:

Shannon Page
Division Chief, Radiological Health Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 750
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 537-4214
email: spage@maryland.gov


Historic Hearing Info/Comments Closed

caret Notice of pu​​​​blic comment concerning the following proposed action for Radiation Management: Amend regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01, Radiation Protection. ​​

Maryland Department of the Environment held a public comment period for the action described below:

The purpose of this action is to amend COMAR 26.12.01.01, Incorporation by Reference, to incorporate Supplement 31, to Adopt the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Regulations RATS 2018-1 and 2018-2 amendments including: (a) Incorporate RATS 2018-1 – Medical Use of Byproduct Material – Medical Event Definitions, Training and Experience, and Clarifying Amendments 10 CFR Parts 30, 32, 35; and (b) make minor corrections consistent with RATS 2018-2.

The full text of the proposed regulatory amendments was published in the Maryland Register​ on October 22, 2021. The proposed revised regulatory supplement, Supplement 31, is available on the Maryland Department of the Environment Web site at https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Air/RadiologicalHealth/Pages/RegulationsforControlofIonizingRadiation.aspx.

For more information, contact:

Shannon Page
Division Chief, Radiological Health Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 750
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 537-4214
email: spage@maryland.gov


caret ​Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: new Regulation .02 under Chapter COMAR 26.11.20 concerning tampering with a motor vehicle's emission controls.​

The purpose of this action is to repeal existing Regulation .02 Sections A-C and propose new Regulation .02 Sections A-F under COMAR 26.11.20.02 pertaining to Motor Vehicle Emission Control Devices. This action clarifies and expands Maryland’s regulations prohibiting (1) the removal or alteration of a motor vehicle’s air pollution control systems, and (2) the operation of motor vehicles with removed, altered, or inoperative air pollution control systems. The proposed regulation prohibits the manufacture, sale, installation, and use of any device that prevents a motor vehicle’s air pollution control system from operating as originally designed. The proposed regulation also prohibits the offering for sale, sale, lease, auction, or transfer of any motor vehicle with removed, altered, or inoperative air pollution control systems. The proposed regulation requires a vehicle dealer or business that sells, auctions, or transfers a motor vehicle to maintain records confirming all air pollution control systems are in operating condition at the time of sale. The proposed regulation also codifies the Department’s rights to conduct inspections of new and used motor vehicles for the purposes of determining compliance with the requirements of the regulation. ​​​This action will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP) at this time.

The full text of the proposed regulation was published in the Maryland Register on September 24, 2021. Additional information pertaining to anti-tampering can be found here https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Air/MobileSources/Pages/Anti-Tampering.aspx

The Department of the Environment held a virtual public hearing on the proposed action on October 26, 2021.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing

After February 7, 2022 the regulation can be located at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/COMAR/SubtitleSearch.aspx?search=26.11.20.*


For more information, contact:

Marcia Ways, Mobile Sources Control Program Manager

Maryland Department of the Environment

1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720 

or by email at marcia.ways@maryland.gov

Telephone (410) 537-3270.​



caret Notice of public comment concerning the following proposed actions for Radiation Management: Amend regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01, Radiation Protection, and amend regulation .02 under COMAR 26.12.02, Inspection and Certification. 

Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of a public comment period for the action described below:  

The purpose of this action is to amend COMAR 26.12.01.01, Incorporation by Reference, to incorporate Supplement 30, to (a) add requirements for x-ray security screening; (b) update the records and surveys section, including record retention period; (c) clarify the definition of an authorized provider in the state of Maryland; (d) cover requirements for administrative controls; (e) add procedures for therapeutic administrations; and (f) incorporate a definition for “registered cardiovascular invasive specialist." Additionally, this action amends COMAR 26.12.02.02, State Certification of Radiation Machines, to include future radiation machine certification expiration dates.

The full text of the proposed regulatory amendments will appear in the Maryland Register​ on December 4, 2020. The proposed changes to Supplement 30 are available on the Maryland Department of the Environment web site​

For more information, call or email:

Mary McCormick
Health Physicist Supervisor
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Telephone: 443-682-1222
Email: mary.mccormick@maryland.gov


caretNotice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: new Chapter COMAR 26.11.41 Control of Methane from the NG Industry

The purpose of this action is to propose new Regulations .01 - .07 under new Chapter COMAR 26.11.41 Control of Methane from the Natural Gas Industry. This action proposes requirements to reduce vented and fugitive emissions of methane from both new and existing natural gas facilities. 

This action will not be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP) at this time. 

The full text of the proposed new regulation appeared in the Maryland Register July 31, 2020​
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The Technical Support Document can be viewed by clicking on this link​
A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here​ for the RTC
For more information, contact:​
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488 or 1-(800) 633-6101 ext.4488
randy.mosier@maryland.gov
TTY Through Maryland Relay Service: 7-1-1 or 1-(800) 735-2258​

caretNotice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: new Chapter COMAR 26.11.33 Prohibitions on Use of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) in Aerosol Propellants, Chillers, Foam, and Stationary Refrigeration End-Uses

The purpose of this action is to propose new Regulations .01 to .06 under new chapter COMAR 26.11.33 Prohibitions on Use of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons in Aerosol Propellants, Chillers, Foam, and Stationary Refrigeration End-Uses. This action seeks to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions by adopting specific United States Significant New Alternatives Policy Programs (SNAP) prohibitions for certain substances in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, aerosol propellants, and foam end-uses.

This action will not be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP) at this time.

The full text of the proposed new regulation appeared in the Maryland Register July 17, 2020.

The Notice of Final Action​ appeared in the Maryland Register on October 23, 2020.

The Technical Support Document can be viewed by clicking on this link.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here​​ for the RTC.

Maryland HFC Nitification Form​

For more information contact:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488 or 1-(800) 633-6101 ext.4488
randy.mosier@maryland.gov
TTY Through Maryland Relay Service: 7-1-1 or 1-(800) 735-2258​​


caret ​Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: new Chapter COMAR 26.11.28 – Cross-State Air Pollution Rule to Control Annual Nitrogen Oxides Emissions, Annual Sulfur Dioxide Emissions, and Ozone Season Nitrogen Oxides Emissions

The purpose of this action is to propose new Regulations .01 - .02 under new Chapter COMAR 26.11.28 – “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule to Control Annual Nitrogen Oxides Emissions, Annual Sulfur Dioxide Emissions, and Ozone Season Nitrogen Oxides Emissions”. This new chapter will incorporate by reference EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and CSAPR Update. The proposed new Chapter uses a cap and trade program to regulate annual NOx emissions, annual SO2 emissions and ozone season NOx emissions from large (>25 Megawatt) EGUs (whether existing, modified or newly constructed) that produce electricity for sale.

The amendments pertaining to this action will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP). 
The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the  Maryland Register on December 20, 2019.
A public hearing on this action will be held on January 28, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2020. 

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed action: Amend Regulation .04 under COMAR 26.11.17 - Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications

The purpose of this action is to amend COMAR 26.11.17.04 to remove the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the submittal and approval process for interprecursor trading (IPT).

The amendment pertaining to interprecursor trading will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on September 27, 2019.

A public hearing on this action will be held on October 29, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2019.

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: Amend regulations .01 and .10 under COMAR 26.11.08 - Control of Incinerators.

The purpose of this action is to amend nitrogen oxide (NOx) reasonable available control technology (RACT) requirements under COMAR 26.11.08.01 and COMAR 26.11.08.10 for large municipal waste combustors (Large MWCs). In order to satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) updated startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) policy (80 Fed. Reg. 33840), NOx emission limits shall be extended to cover periods when a Large MWC is combusting only fossil fuel, as a means to warm-up the furnace and other critical components prior to municipal solid waste being fed to the combustor. Additional amendments are being made to clarify how the 24-hour block average emission rates and 30-day rolling average emission rates are to be calculated.

The amendments pertaining to Large MWCs will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The full text of the proposed new regulation appeared in the Maryland Register on September 27, 2019.

Click here​ to read the Technical Support Document.

A public hearing on this action was held on October 29, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here​ for the RTC.​

For more information, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov​

caret  Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.11.34 Low Emissions Vehicle Program.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: The purpose of the action is to amend COMAR 26.11.34.02 Low Emissions Vehicle Program.Incorporation by Reference to reflect the changes made to the California regulations since their last update.

The amendments pertaining to the Low Emissions Vehicle Program will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on March 29, 2019.

A public hearing on this action will be held on April 30, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1th Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2019.

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

caret  Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: amend regulations .01-.05 under COMAR 26.09.01 General Administrative Provisions; amend Regulations .03, .04, .06, .07, and .11 under COMAR 26.09.02 Applicability, Determining Compliance and Allowance Distribution; amend regulations .01-.03, repeal existing regulations .04 and .06, amend and recodify existing regulations .05 and .07, and recodify existing Regulations .08 and .09 under COMAR 26.09.03 Offset Projects; and amend regulation .06 under COMAR 26.09.04 Auctions

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: The purpose of this action is to amend regulations under Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.09, Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program, with program improvements developed in conjunction with other participating states during the 2016 Comprehensive Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Program Review. The proposed action includes the following revisions:
  1. A reduction in the size and structure of cap and allowance apportionment;
  2. Adjustments to the emissions budget from 2021-2025 to address the private bank of allowances through one additional, distinct budget adjustment;
  3. Adjustments to the Cost Containment Reserve (CCR) mechanism to provide flexibility and cost containment for the RGGI Program;
  4. Adoption of a new mechanism, the Emissions Containment Reserve (ECR), which responds to supply and demand in the market if emission reduction costs are lower than projected;
  5. Adjustments to the Limited Industrial Exemption Set-aside Account (LIESA) and to the Long-Term Contract Set-aside Account (LTCSA);
  6. Elimination of the "Reduction in Emissions of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)" and " Reduction in Avoidance of CO2 Emissions from Natural Gas, Oil, or Propane End-Use Combustion Due to End-Use Energy Efficiency" offset categories and adjustments to the remaining offset categories
  7. Adoption of new delegation language for alternate CO2 authorized account representatives; and
  8. Revisions to other definitions.
The amendments will not be submitted to the EPA for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP) at this time.

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on October 26, 2018.

A public hearing on this action will be held on November 26, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of
the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 -1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 26, 2018.

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: (1) amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 - General Administrative Provisions, (2) amend Regulations .01, .02, .04, .05, .07, and .08-2, repeal Regulation .08-1, and adopt new Regulation .10 under COMAR 26.11.08 Control of Incinerators; and (3) Amend Regulation .08 under COMAR 26.11.09 Control of Fuel-Burning Equipment, Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, and Certain Fuel-Burning Installations.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: The purpose of the action is to repeal nitrogen oxide (NOx) reasonable available control technology (RACT) requirements under COMAR 26.11.09.08H and establish new NOx RACT and analysis of possible additional NOx emission control requirements under COMAR 26.11.08.10 for large municipal waste combustors (MWCs). Additionally, this action amends opacity requirements under 26.11.01, adds definitions, repeals 26.11.08.08-1 and updates references to 26.11.08.08-2, which is the current emission standards and requirements for hospital, medical and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs).

The amendments pertaining to large MWCs will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The amendments pertaining to small MWCs and HMIWIs will be submitted to the EPA for approval as part of Maryland's 111(d) and 129 plans.

The full text of the proposed new regulation appeared in the Maryland​ Register on August 17, 2018.

Click here​ to read the Technical Support Document (TSD).

A public hearing on this action was held on September, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1th Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments were due by 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2018.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here​ for the RTC.

For more information call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed actions: (1) amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 - General Administrative Provisions, (2) amend Regulation .07 under COMAR 26.11.14 - Control of Emissions from Kraft Pulp Mills, and (3) propose new Regulations .01-.04 under new Chapter COMAR 26.11.40 - NOx Ozone Season Emission Caps for Non-trading Large NOx units.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: The purpose of this action is to propose new Regulations .01-.04 under new Chapter COMAR 26.11.40 - NOx Ozone Season Emission Caps for Non-trading Large NOx Units - to meet federal NOx SIP (State Implementation Plan) Call requirements under the Clean Air Act. The proposed action will also repeal one definition in Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.11.01 - General Administrative Provisions - and will amend Regulation .07 under COMAR 26.11.14 - Control of Emissions from Kraft Pulp Mills.

This action will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's SIP.

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on February 16, 2018.

Click here to read the Technical Support Document (TSD) (Amended 4/11/2018)

A public hearing on this action will be held on March 20, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 7th Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, 2018.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here for the RTC.

For more information or to submit comments, call or email:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public comment period to amend regulations Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01 Radiation Protection and Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.12.02 Inspection and Certification.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public comment period concerning the following proposed action:

Amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01 Radiation Protection and Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.12.02 Inspection and Certification.  The purpose of this action is to (1) update COMAR 26.12.01.01 to (a) establish “diagnostic medical radiation event” and require reporting and recordkeeping of such events; (b) require advance written request for radiation machine facility registration cancellation, and report of removal of x-ray machines; (c) require registration and fee payment for short term demonstration of human use radiation machines; (d) make corrections in regulations controlling transportation of radioactive material, (e) change requirement for examination of radiographer who has not participated in industrial radiography from 3 months to 6 months; and (f) other miscellaneous corrections; and (2) update COMAR 26.12.02.02 to clarify that State certification is inapplicable to mammography diagnostic or screening radiation machines. 

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register on February 2, 2018.

A public hearing has not been scheduled.  Comments must be received by 5 pm on March 5, 2018.  Comments should be sent to:

Michael D. Kurman, Regulations Coordinator
Radiological Health Program, Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 750
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

E-mail: michael.kurman@maryland.gov,
Telephone: 410-537-3208, or Fax to Mr. Kurman at 410-537-3198

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed action: Amendments to Regulations .01 and .04 under COMAR 26.11.17 Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period: Amendments for Regulations .01 and .04 under COMAR 26.11.17 Nonattainment Provisions for Major New Sources and Major Modifications. The purpose of this action is to amend COMAR 26.11.17 to allow interprecursor trading of ozone precursors, NOx and VOC.

The regulatory action listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as a revision to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed regulatory action appeared in the Maryland Register on January 19, 2018. The Technical Support Document is available here .

A public hearing on this action was held on February 20, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

For more information, call or e-mail:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment concerning the following proposed regulations under Maryland's CO2 Budget Trading Program: (1) Amend Regulation .02 under 26.09.01 General Administrative Provisions; and (2) Amend Regulations .08 and .09 under COMAR 26.09.02 Applicability, Determining Compliance, and Allowance Distribution.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The primary purpose of this action is to revise the Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program to incorporate amendments to the Voluntary Renewable Set-Aside Account (VRSA), codified under COMAR 26.09.02.08, and the Clean Generation Set-Aside Account (CGSA), codified under 26.09.02.09. This action will also add two new definitions under 26.09.01.02.

This action will not be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval as part of Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The full text of the proposed regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register on November 13, 2017. The Technical Support Document is available here.

A public hearing on this action will be held on December 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Department
of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: COMAR 11.14.08 Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Motor Vehicle Administration give notice of the following public hearing/comment period. 

The Secretary of the Environment and the Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Administration jointly propose to amend Regulations .01, .03—.05, and .09 under COMAR 11.14.08 Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program. The purpose of this action is to modernize and enhance the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) to improve motorist convenience while minimizing the impact on air quality. This action delays the initial VEIP inspection date for new vehicles and exempts pre-on board diagnostics (OBD) light duty vehicles from inspection. These enhancements improve customer service, and allow Marylanders to benefit from recent air quality progress in the State. In addition, this action corrects an obsolete statutory reference and a typographical error. 

This action will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a State Implementation Plan Revision.

The full text of the proposed regulatory action appears in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on September 1, 2017.

A public hearing on this action will be held on October 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720. 

Comments must be received by 5 pm on October 3, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:

Ms. Marcia Ways
Mobile Sources Control Program Manager
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 705, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-3270
Email: marcia.ways@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed actions: (1) Amend Regulations .01 and .10 under COMAR 26.11.02 Permits, Approvals, and Registration; and (2) Amend Regulations .01, .02, and .04, repeal existing Regulation .03, and adopt new Regulation .03 under COMAR 26.11.36 Distributed Generation. 

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The purpose of this action is to amend existing requirements for emergency generators and load shaving units (engines) codified under COMAR 26.11.36 — Distributed Generation to reflect changes in the federal requirements for stationary internal combustion engines (ICE) and Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) (hereinafter collectively referred to as “stationary engines”). In addition, changes to Regulations .01 — Definitions, and .10 — Sources Exempt from Permits to Construct and Approvals, of COMAR 26.11.02 – Permits, Approvals, and Registration, are being completed to coincide with the amendments being made to COMAR 26.11.36. 

The regulatory action listed above will not be submitted to the U.S. EPA as revision to Maryland's State Implementation Plan at this time. 

The full text of the proposed regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on July 7, 2017.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document (TSD) 

A public hearing on this action will be held on August 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720. 

Comments must be received by 5 pm on August 8, 2017.

A Response to Comments (RTC) document has been prepared since the hearing. Click here for the RTC.

For more information or to submit comments, call or e-mail:

Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Repeal of COMAR 26.11.09.11 - Control of Particulate Matter from Small Wood Boilers.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The purpose of this action is to repeal existing Regulation .11 under COMAR 26.11.09 as there are new federal rules in place regulating residential hydronic heaters under 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart QQQQ.  Repealing Maryland’s small wood boiler regulation will remove any conflict that currently exists between the existing regulation and the federal regulation. The Department also proposes to amend Regulations .01, .04 and .06 under COMAR 26.11.09 Control of Fuel-Burning Equipment, Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, and Certain Fuel-Burning Installations to clarify definitions and references to the repealed regulation.

The full text of the proposed regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on June 9, 2017.

Click here to view the Technical Support Document for the amendments to COMAR 26.11.09.

A public hearing on this action will be held on July, 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 17, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Repeal of COMAR 26.11.33 – Architectural Coatings.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the following public hearing/comment period. The purpose of this action is to repeal the entire Chapter including Regulations .01 - .14 from COMAR 26.11.33 – Architectural Coatings, which is superseded by COMAR 26.11.39 – Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings.

The regulatory action listed above will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for approval as revision to Maryland's State Implementation Plan.

The full text of the proposed regulatory action will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on June 9, 2017.

Click here  to view the Fact Sheet for the repeal of COMAR 26.11.33.

A public hearing on this action will be held on July, 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 17, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amendments to COMAR 26.11.32 - Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer Products

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of the public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amend Existing Regulations under COMAR 26.11.32. The purpose of this action is to amend existing regulations to establish new volatile organic compound ("VOC") standards for 11 new consumer products and to strengthen VOC standards for 15 existing consumer products.

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.html on May 26, 2017.

Click here  to view the Technical Support Document for the amendments to COMAR 26.11.32.

A public hearing on this action will be held on June, 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 27, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Management Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov

 

caret Notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.11.34 Low Emission Vehicle Program.

The Maryland Department of the Environment gives notice of public hearing/comment period concerning the following proposed action: Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.11.34 Low Emission Vehicle Program. The purpose of this action is to update incorporate by reference Regulation .02 to reflect the changes made by California since the last Maryland update in 2015.

The full text of the proposed new regulation will appear in the Maryland Register at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/mdregister.htmlon January 20, 2017.

Click here to view the Fact Sheet for the amendments to COMAR 26.11.34.02.

A public hearing on this action will be held on February 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Rooms, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2017.

For more information or to submit comments, call/e-mail/ fax:
Randy Mosier, Chief, Regulation Development Division
Air Quality Planning Program
Air and Radiation Administration
Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1720
Telephone: (410) 537-4488
Email: randy.mosier@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 537-4223

 

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