Proposed Land Regulations

Up to Date as of April 25, 2020. 

Proposed Actions provide the full text of proposed regulations and amendments, an estimate of the economic impact of an action on the regulated parties, the agency, other State or local agencies, and the general public. Proposed Actions also detail how the public may provide comments to an agency about a proposed regulation.

All Notices of Proposed Action are published in the Maryland Register.

Regulation TitleBlood Lead Reporting, Dust-Lead Level Standards, and Environmental Investigations
PurposeThe purpose of this action is to establish procedures for conducting an environmental investigation when a child under the age of 6 or a pregnant woman is diagnosed with elevated blood lead; to update the Maryland Department of the Environment’s regulations governing blood lead reporting by laboratories and health care providers; and establish more stringent standards for lead content in dust for the purpose of post-abatement clearance testing and the satisfaction of the risk reduction standards by a pre-1978 residential rental property owner. The proposed action is necessary to comply with a 2019 State law (Chapter 341) that lowered the blood lead level that constitutes elevated blood lead and established new lead-poisoning case management requirements.
COMAR26.02.01, 26.02.07, 26.16.01, 26.16.02, 26.16.05, 26.16.08
Relevant Statutory DeadlineJuly 1, 2020
Public Informational and Formal Comment OpportunitiesWritten or oral comments may be sent, until May 26, 2020, to Erica Chapman, Administrator II, Land and Materials Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 610, Baltimore, MD 21230, or call 410-537-3304, or email to, or fax to 410-537-3002. If submitting a written comment, please include “Proposed Lead Regulations” in the subject line. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
Other DocumentsMaryland Register Vol. 47, Issue 9, April 24, 2020
StatusThe Notice of Proposed Action (20-085-P-I) was published on April 24, 2020, in Volume 47, Issue 9 of the Maryland Register.
Regulation TitleGeneral Discharge Permits and Fees for General Discharge Permits
PurposeRequire a person to hold a discharge permit for animal feeding operations (AFOs) before beginning construction on any part of a new concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). Set specific application and permit fees for CAFOs applying for new or continuing coverage under a discharge permit for AFOs.
Relevant Statutory Deadlinenone
Public Informational and Formal Comment OpportunitiesThe public comment period ends on October 28, 2019. A public hearing will be held on October 21, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, 500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21804. The hearing will be held in Flanders Rooms 1-3.
Other DocumentsMaryland Register Vol. 46, Issue 20, Sept. 27, 2019
StatusThe Notice of Proposed Action (19-183-P) was published on September 27, 2019, in Volume 46, Issue 20 of the Maryland Register. To view the notice, please visit Maryland Register Online.
Number of Land Proposed Regulations: 2

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