Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Hazardous Substances Spill Response Law, Maryland Code Annotated, Environmental (Md. Code Ann., Envir.) 7-201 to 7-268
Site identification: Md. Code Ann., Envir. 7-223
Hazardous Substance Control Fund (HSCF): Md. Code Ann., Envir. 7-218 to 7-221
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration Land Restoration Program
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 has its own Superfund program for the assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites in the state. The state's program is modeled after the federal Superfund system and includes a funding mechanism. The state's Superfund rules are in addition to the federal Superfund requirements.
Many Maryland communities have abandoned contaminated properties that have not been redeveloped because of concerns about the perceived cost of remediation and liability. For a discussion of these properties, commonly known as "brownfields," see the state section BROWNFIELDS for additional information.
• Administration and enforcement. The Land Restoration Program administers and enforces the state Superfund rules in Maryland. EPA and MDE jointly enforce the federal Superfund program in the state.
Maryland's Superfund rules apply to hazardous substances (as federally defined) and the state's additional listed hazardous wastes. See the state section LISTED WASTES for more information.
MDE is responsible for ensuring that contaminated sites are cleaned up quickly to protect the public and ...