The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has finalized the rules governing required permits for composting operations. Here is the information you may need to know, from MDE:
The Maryland Department of the Environment (the “Department”) has finalized permit conditions for the General Permit for Composting Facilities (GPCF). With the finalization, the GPCF is now available as a permit option for existing composting operations wishing to obtain a permit and continue composting operations in 2017. The GPCF and GPCF Notice of Intent (i.e., GPCF application) are available on the Department’s Organics Diversion and Composting web page at www.mde.maryland.gov/composting.
As was previously detailed by the Department, the Department recommends that a GPCF Notice of Intent be submitted to the Department by May 31, 2016, to ensure application processing in time for a GPCF to be issued by December 31, 2016. Also available as an option, an Individual Composting Facility Permit Application should be submitted to the Department as soon as possible, to ensure processing by the December 31, 2016 deadline.
The approval process for the GPCF began in December 2015, when the Department advertised the draft GPCF for public review and comment. Comments were due by February 1, 2016. The Department’s response to the comments is available on the Department’s web page at www.mde.maryland.gov/composting. A revised GPCF, based upon public comments, was approved by the Department’s Office of the Attorney General on March 23, 2016.
Details on composting in Maryland are available on the Department’s Organics Diversion and Composting web page. Thank you for your cooperation and feel free to call me if you have questions.
Tariq Masood, PMP
Resource Management Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd, Suite 610
Baltimore MD 21230-1719
(410)537-3326, (410)537-3842 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org"