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26.08.04.00.htm 26.08.04.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 08 WATER POLLUTION Chapter 04 Permits Authority: Environment Article, §1-601―1-606, 9-313, 9-315, 9-323―9-328, and 9-330, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.08.04.01.htm 26.08.04.01. 01 Discharge Permits Required.. A. Issuance of Discharge Permits. The Department shall issue State discharge permits or NPDES permits in accordance with provisions and conditions of COMAR 26.08.01―26.08.04 and 26.08.08, to satisfy the regulatory requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) established under the Federal Act.B. Activities for Which Discharge Permits Are Required. A person may not commit any of the following acts except as authorize
26.08.04.01-1.htm 26.08.04.01-1. 01-1 Discharge Permit Application.. A. Application Required.. 1) Persons engaged or planning to engage in activities requiring a discharge permit shall file a complete application:a) Not less than 180 days in advance of the date on which the discharge permit is desired to commence the activities; andb) In sufficient time before the commencement of activities to ensure compliance with provisions of appropriate State and federal laws and regulations.2) Permittees holding an
26.08.04.01-2.htm 26.08.04.01-2. 01-2 Discharge Permit Application Processing.. A. Informational Meetings.. 1) Upon written request by a person within 10 working days of the publication of a notice of application for a discharge permit, the Department shall hold an informational meeting to discuss the application.2) The Department also may hold an informational meeting or meetings at the Department's discretion.. 3) The informational meeting may be cancelled if all persons who made timely written requests withdr
26.08.04.01-3.htm 26.08.04.01-3. 01-3 Discharge Permit Issuance and Contested Case Hearings.. A. Final Determination.. 1) If the Department is not required to prepare a final determination, the tentative determination shall be a final decision by the Department and a permit may be issued.2) The Department shall prepare a final determination if:. a) Written comments adverse to the tentative determination are received by the Department within 30 days after publication of the notice of tentative determination;
26.08.04.02.htm 26.08.04.02. 02 Requirements for the Issuance and Reissuance of Discharge Permits.. A. General. The Department shall issue or reissue a discharge permit upon a determination that:. 1) The discharge or proposed discharge specified in the application is or will be in compliance with all applicable requirements of:a) Effluent limitations,. b) Surface and ground water quality standards,. c) The Federal Act,. d) State law or regulation,. e) Best available technology, and.
26.08.04.02-1.htm 26.08.04.02-1. 02-1 Discharge Permit Limits.. A. General.. 1) Each discharge permit, unless inappropriate, shall specify average and maximum daily quantitative limits, in terms of weight, for the discharge of pollutants in the authorized discharge.2) Other discharge limits, such as minimum, average, or maximum concentration limits, may be imposed.3) If a schedule of compliance is included as a discharge permit condition, quantitative limits shall be set for the interim period as well as for the
26.08.04.02-2.htm 26.08.04.02-2. 02-2 Minimum Levels for Discharge Permit Limits.. Some permit limits expressed as concentrations of specific chemicals may be below the minimum levels for those chemicals. For these permit limits, the level of compliance shall be the minimum level.
26.08.04.02-3.htm 26.08.04.02-3. 02-3 Discharge Permit Limits Based on Biological Translator.. A. General. Biologically available equivalence addresses the potential for an effluent constituent, present primarily in the particulate or relatively non-bioavailable form, to become transformed by mixing with the receiving water to a bioavailable form. The biological translator utilizes the relationship between effluent-receiving water toxicity testing results and the laboratory standard dilutio
26.08.04.02-4.htm 26.08.04.02-4. 02-4 Discharge Permit Limits Based on Chemical Translator.. A. General.. 1) The chemical translator is a mechanism for establishing the relationship between the dissolved concentration used in determining compliance with the instream aquatic life water quality criteria for metals and the measurement required for permit limits and waste load allocation.2) The chemical translator may not be used to establish discharge permit limits if the discharger has completed studies, unde
26.08.04.03.htm 26.08.04.03. 03 Monitoring, Recording, and Reporting for Discharge Permits.. A. Monitoring.. 1) A discharge authorized by a discharge permit shall be subject to any monitoring requirements the Department deems necessary, including:a) The installation, use, and maintenance of monitoring equipment or methods; and. b) When appropriate, biological monitoring methods.. 2) Each permit shall specify the sampling and analysis requirements, including the frequency and type of sampling and analysis.
26.08.04.04.htm 26.08.04.04. 04 Sewage Treatment Works.. A. The person holding the permit for publicly owned treatment works or other sewage treatment works shall provide the Department with a notice concerning:1) The introduction of pollutants into these treatment works from any discharge of industrial waste for which a State discharge permit would be required if the discharge were made directly to the waters of the State; or2) Any substantial change in volume, character, or concentration of polluta
26.08.04.05.htm 26.08.04.05. 05 Reserved..
26.08.04.06.htm 26.08.04.06. 06 Term and Approval of Discharge Permit.. A. Term of Permit.. 1) The term of each discharge permit shall be for a maximum of 5 years, unless the permit is previously amended, suspended, or revoked.2) Each discharge permit shall specify the expiration date.. 3) If a timely and complete reapplication has been submitted and the Department, through no fault of the permittee, is unable to issue a new permit, the terms and conditions of the existing discharge permit shall continue and
26.08.04.07.htm 26.08.04.07. 07 Administration of Federal NPDES Program by the State.. A. The Department shall administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program as part of its own discharge permit system.B. This administration shall be in accordance with:. 1) Environment Article, Title 9, Annotated Code of Maryland;. 2) This chapter; and. 3) The Federal Act..
26.08.04.08.htm 26.08.04.08. 08 General Discharge Permit Program.. A. Purpose.. 1) General permits are discharge permits issued to classes of discharges.. 2) The Department intends to regulate certain classes of discharges through the issuance of general permits.3) All discharges within the described class are permitted, subject to the specific conditions contained in the general permit.4) Only those classes of discharges considered appropriate by the Department for regulation by this mechanism will be covered
26.08.04.09.htm 26.08.04.09. 09 General Discharge Permits.. A. General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Discharge Associated with Construction Activity.. 1) Exception. Construction activity excluded under the Federal Act and regulated under COMAR 26.09.02 is not covered under this general permit.2) Activities Covered. Activities covered under this general permit are new and existing stormwater discharges that are composed in whole or in part of discharges associated with construction activity
26.08.04.09-1.htm 26.08.04.09-1. 09-1 Fees for General Discharge Permits.. A. Applicability.. 1) Intent. The Department may charge nonrefundable fees for certain general discharge permits as specified in this regulation.2) Exemptions. Discharges associated with the following dischargers are exempt from this regulation:. a) Publicly owned treatment works;. b) Other treatment works which treat only sewage; and. c) Facilities or persons culturing or raising aquatic organisms in enclosed systems discharging less
26.08.04.10.htm 26.08.04.10. 10 Permit Review and Modification.. A. General.. 1) The Department may review or modify any State discharge permit or other written authorization describing required performance for specific activities and operations under the procedures set forth in this regulation.2) When a permit is modified, only the conditions subject to modification are reopened.. B. Permit Review. The Department of the Environment may review any permit which it has issued in order to determine whether the:
26.08.04.10-1.htm 26.08.04.10-1. 10-1 Permit Suspension and Revocation.. A. Action on Permit Violation.. 1) Under conditions other than emergency, if the Department determines that there has been a violation of any term or condition of a permit, the Department shall serve a written complaint upon the permittee specifying the nature of the violation. Subsequent to, or concurrent with, service of the complaint, the Department may exercise one of the following options, under the provisions of Environmen
26.08.04.11.htm 26.08.04.11. 11 Discharge Permit Fees.. A. General Requirements.. 1) Fees collected by the Department under this regulation shall be paid into the Maryland Clean Water Fund. The fees shall be used for activities that are related to identifying, monitoring, and regulating the proper discharge of effluent into waters of the State including program development of these activities.2) Persons or facilities holding or obtaining State discharge permits, except for those in categorie
26.08.04.9999.htm 26.08.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date: September 1, 1974 (1:1 Md. R. 33). COMAR 10.50.01.08, .09, .12, and .14 recodified to COMAR 26.08.04.01, .02, .03, and .04, respectivelyCOMAR 10.50.01.08J-1 recodified to COMAR 26.08.08.01―04. Regulation .01B, N amended effective August 3, 1981 (8:15 Md. R. 1308). Regulation .01E amended effective June 6, 1983 (10:11 Md. R. 976). Regulation .01G amended effective July 27, 1987 (14:15 Md. R. 1660). Regulation .01J amended e
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