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:

Adventist Healthcare- White Oak Medical Center
Installation of: one (1) 1.065MW GE Jenbacher natural gas fired reciprocal internal combustion engine (RICE) cogeneration unit equipped with SCR, four (4) 6-MM Btu/hour dual (natural gas/No. 2 fuel oil backup only) fired condensing high-efficiency boilers for space/comfort heating, and four (4) 2011 hp/1500-kW, EPA Tier 2 emergency diesel generators.  The proposed installations would belocated at 12100 Plum Orchard Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20909.

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:​

Docket Location
collapse PO_type : Request for Informational Meeting ‎(4)
Center Point Terminal
Installation of one above-ground, 40,000 barrel capacity, gasoline storage tank equipped with an internal floating roof and mechanical shoe seal in order to reduce air emissions to be located on their property at 1134 Marine Road, Salisbury, MD 21801.
The Docket may be reviewed at the Salisbury Branch of the Wicomico Library, 122 South Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21801
David A. Bramble, Inc.
Installation of one asphalt shingle crusher to be located at 32559 Bramble Way, Massey, MD 21650
Docket 17-16 is located at the North County Branch of the Kent County Library, 111-B1 N. Main Street, Galene MD 21635
Gillespie Precast, LLC
Installation of a waste concrete crushing ans screening operation to be located at Morgan Creek Holdings, 27030 Morgnec Road, Chestertown, MD 21620.
The Docket (20-18) can be viewed at the Chestertown Branch Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620 and at MDE Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21230.
Lee Funeral Home, Inc
Installation of one pet crematory to be located at their property, 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road, Clinton MD
The Docket is located at the Surratts-Clinton Branch Library, 9400Piscataway Road, Clinton MD Ask for Docket #11-18.
collapse PO_type : Request for Public Hearing ‎(1)
Belle Grove Corporation
Installation of one crushing and screening operation to be located at 6931 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Baltimore, MD
The Docket #07-18 can be viewed at the Linthicum Branch Library, 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum, MD 21090

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
collapse PO_type : Scheduled Informational Meeting ‎(3)
Tolson & Associates, LLC
Installation of one concrete crushing and Screening operation to be located on their property at 1451 Capitol Raceway Road, Crofton, MD 21114.
1/24/2019 7:00 PM
Nantucket Elementary School, 2350 Nantucket Road, Crofton, MD 21114.  Please note: in case of inclement weather, the informational meeting will take place on January 31st, same time and location.
Crofton Community Library, 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, MD 21114
Please ask for Docket # 18-18
Beechwood Coal LLC  Cabin Run and Carlo Surface Mines
Combined informational meeting for two projects

Carlos Mine- installation of one coal breaker rated at 200TPH and one coal screen screen rated at 200 TPH

Cabin Run Mine- installation of  one coal crusher rated at 400 TPH and one screen rated at 600 TPH
9/27/2018 6:00 PM
Maryland Department of the Environment, Western Office, 160 South Water Street, Frostburg, MD 21532.
The Docket for the Cabin Run application is #06-18 and the Docket for the Carlos application is # 08-18. Both are located at the Frostburg Library, 65 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD 21532.
Joseph Smith And Sons, Inc
Air Permit to Construct for screening operations, aluminum process, mill process and ball mill process located at 2001 Kennilworth Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD.
9/17/2018 7:00 PM
Cheverly Executive Office, 6401Forest Road, Cheverly MD 20785 in the gymnasium.
The Docket is located at the Fairmount Heights Branch Library, 5904 Kolb Street, Fairmount Heights, MD 20743. Please ask for Docket #05-18

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:​

Roebuck Printing3/6/2019
The Recycling Center11/14/2018
Integrated Salt Products, LLC11/2/2018
Maryland Crematory10/22/2018
Access World (USA) LLC10/5/2018
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens10/1/2018
National Institutes of Health9/25/2018
Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory9/25/2018