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:

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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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
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Tolson and Associates
Installation of one concrete crushing and screening operation to be located on their property at 1451 Capitol Raceway Road, Crofton, MD 21114.
5/22/2019 7:00 PM
Nantucket Elementary School Cafeteria, 2350 Nantucket Drive, Crofton, MD 21114
The docket may be viewed at the Crofton Community Library located at 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, MD 21114. Please ask for Docket # 18-18.  A copy of the docket may also be reviewed at MDE Headquarters.
Joseph Smith and Sons
Installation of the following processes: screening operations, aluminum processing, mill process, water media separation process and auxiliary equipment to be located at 1511 S. Street and 2001 Kenilworth Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
5/15/2019 7:00 PM
Cheverly Community Center, 6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD 20785.
The docket is located at the Fairmount Heights Branch of the Prince George's County Library, 5904 Kolb Street, Fairmount Heights, MD 20743.  Please ask for docket # 05-18. A copy of the docket may also be reviewed at 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:​

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
Lee Funeral Home4/3/2019
Belle Grove Corporation3/25/2019
Beechwood Coal- Carlos Surface Mine3/19/2019
Beechwood Coal- Cabin Run3/19/2019
Roebuck Printing3/6/2019