Maryland Pollution Prevention regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Pollution Prevention: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, 42 USC 13101 to 13109

Regulatory Agencies
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Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) MDE Technical Assistance Program

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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 does not have its own pollution prevention rules. However, the federal pollution prevention rules are effective in Maryland. Maryland has voluntary programs that can assist businesses.

Administration and enforcement. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and EPA's Region 3 office jointly enforce the federal Pollution Prevention (P2) rules in Maryland.

Additional Guidance


MDE Technical Assistance Program

The MDE offers a free technical assistance program to help businesses and other organizations go beyond regulatory compliance and adopt a proactive approach to environmental management. This voluntary program focuses on P2 measures that reduce pollution at the source through process, equipment, and material changes that reduce waste and energy and water usage.

Businesses in the state that wish to participate in P2 and lower operating costs may contact MDE for free on-site technical assistance through the University of Maryland Technology Extension Service. These visits show companies how to:

  • Make more efficient use of the energy and raw materials
  • Reduce waste disposal and handling costs
  • Reduce regulatory compliance and liability costs
  • Decrease worker exposure to hazardous chemicals

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
Additional Guidance