Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Air and Radiation Management Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) Air and Radiation Management Administration is responsible for administering and enforcing Maryland's air pollution rules. Maryland's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
• Administration and enforcement. Maryland's air program is implemented and enforced by MDE's Air and Radiation Management Administration.
MARYLAND'S AIR PROGRAM
The Maryland SIP was officially submitted to the EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. SIP focuses on ...