Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD (January 17, 2006) - The Air Quality Control Advisory Council will consider adoption of the Clean Power Regulations, the most sweeping air pollution control measures proposed in Maryland history, next week.

The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m. at Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters (1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore) in the lobby-level Terra Conference Room.

The Air Quality Control Advisory Council (AQCAC), established in 1967, gives MDE advice on proposals by recommending adoption, rejection or modification of the draft regulations or other matters brought before it. The council consists of up to 15 members appointed by the secretary of the department. As designated by the State Environment Article 2-201, members include representatives from industry, labor, professional associations, local and regional government organizations, academia, farming, the medical community and the general public. AQCAC meets on an average of four to eight times per year at MDE’s headquarters in Baltimore.

For more information, please contact Diane Nelson at 410-537-3255.

The January 25, 2006 Air Quality Control Advisory Council (AQCAC) meeting has been cancelled. The Department has received a large number of comments on the Clean Power Rule. Because of the number and complexity of the comments, we have decided to postpone the AQCAC meeting. The Department believes that taking more time now to analyze and thoughtfully respond to the comments will result in a more productive meeting.