20.79.03.02

.02 Environmental Information.

A. The purpose of this regulation is to require the applicant to demonstrate that the application complies with applicable environmental restrictions.

B. The environmental information shall include:

(1) The following general information:

(a) A general description of the physical, biological, aesthetic, and cultural features, and conditions of the site and adjacent areas;

(b) A summary of the environmental and socioeconomic effects of the construction and operation of the project, including a description of the unavoidable impact and recommended mitigation;

(c) A copy of all studies of the environmental impact of the proposed project prepared by the applicant; and

(d) A statement of the ability to conform to applicable environmental standards;

(2) A description of the effect on air quality, including the:

(a) Ability of the generating station to comply with:

(i) Federal or State ambient air quality standards;

(ii) Federal or State emission standards;

(iii) Federal new source performance standards;

(iv) Federal emission standards for hazardous air pollutants;

(v) Prevention of significant deterioration and new source review provisions; and

(vi) Any requirement to obtain emission offsets, allowances, and reduction credits.

(b) Impact on prevention of significant deterioration areas and existing nonattainment areas; and

(c) Information and forms required by Department of the Environment regulations relating to permits to construct and operating permits under COMAR 26.11;

(3) A description of the effect on water quality and appropriation, including:

(a) An analysis of the availability of surface water and ground water for the proposed generating station;

(b) The identification of affected streams and aquifers;

(c) The impact on other water users;

(d) The mitigation and minimization techniques evaluated; and

(e) The information and forms required by Department of the Environment regulations relating to water use and appropriation under COMAR 26.17.06.07 and 26.17.07, if applicable;

(4) A description of the effect on State or private wetlands, including:

(a) Public health and welfare;

(b) Marine fisheries;

(c) Shell fisheries;

(d) Wildlife;

(e) Protection of life and property from flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster;

(f) The evaluation of mitigation and minimization techniques, including proposals related to replacement lands; and

(g) The information and forms required by Department of the Environment regulations relating to a license for use of State tidal wetlands or nontidal wetlands under COMAR 26.23 and 26.24; and

(5) A discussion of the economics and availability of means for the disposal of plant-generated wastes.