Maryland Groundwater regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Groundwater quality standards: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.08.02.09

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Aquifer types: COMAR 26.08.02.09(B)

Discharge quality criteria: COMAR 26.08.02.09(C)

Discharge guidelines: COMAR 26.08.02.09(D)

Discharge permits: COMAR 26.08.01 to 26.08.04 and COMAR 26.08.07

Well construction: COMAR 26.04.04.01 to 26.04.04.13

Well driller license: COMAR 26.05.01 to 26.05.04

Water appropriation and use permits: COMAR 26.17.06.01 to 26.17.06.09

Hazardous waste facilities: COMAR 26.13.05.06 to 26.13.05.06-7

Regulatory Agency

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration

MDE Waste Management Administration

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland's groundwater rules regulate the discharge of water or wastewater to state underground waters. The state generally follows the federal regulations and also has some additional requirements for hazardous waste facilities, water appropriation, and well construction. See the national section GROUNDWATER for additional information.

Maryland's regulations for groundwater monitoring and protection at hazardous waste facilities are the same as the federal regulations with minor variations, including requirements for groundwater monitoring system installation and approval. The installation of the groundwater monitoring system has to be conducted in accordance with the state's well construction requirements.

Maryland has also created a general permit for discharges of treated groundwater from petroleum contaminated sources to surface or groundwater in the state. Federal regulations only address discharges ...


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Governing Law and Regulations
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
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