Maryland Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), Natural Resources Code Annotated (MNRCA) 1-301 to 1-305
Guidelines for the implementation of MEPA: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 34.01.02.00 to 34.01.02.06
Maryland Department of Planning
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Maryland Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) declares that adverse environmental effects of proposed actions can be anticipated, minimized, and often eliminated if environmental evaluations are made a part of the decision-making processes of the state.
Maryland refers to environmental impact statements (EISs) as environmental effects reports (EERs). All state agencies must prepare, in conjunction with each proposed state action significantly affecting the quality of the environment, an EER, including the effects of the action, mitigation measures, and alternatives. There is opportunity for public notice and comment.
In addition, the federal rules require an EIS for any activity involving a federal agency that would significantly affect the environment in Maryland. See the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT for additional guidance on federal EIS requirements. Maryland will accept an EIS that has been prepared under the federal guidelines as an EER under MEPA if the EIS contains all of the information required by the state guidelines.
• Administration and enforcement. The Maryland Department of Planning coordinates review if multiple agencies are involved. All state EERs must be submitted to ...