Maryland Pretreatment Standards regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Pretreatment Standards: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pretreatment requirements to control industrial users of publicly owned treatment works (POTWs): Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.08.08.01 to 26.08.08.05

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Applicability: COMAR 26.08.08.03

Reporting requirements: COMAR 26.08.08.05

Variances: COMAR 26.08.08.04

Enforcement authority: COMAR 26.08.08.03

Financial assistance: COMAR 26.03.07.01

Loan applications: COMAR 26.03.07.05

Eligible costs: COMAR 26.03.07.06

Loan conditions: COMAR 26.03.07.08

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water 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 is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal pretreatment program. Maryland's pretreatment requirements are similar to the federal standards with additional enforcement measures. See the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for more information on the federal requirements.

Administration and enforcement. MDE's Water Management Administration is authorized to administer the pretreatment program requirements in Maryland.

State Requirements

APPLICABILITY

COMAR 26.08.08.03

Maryland's state pretreatment program applies to industrial users who discharge industrial waste, either directly or indirectly, into POTWs. The state's pretreatment rules are mandatory if:

  • More than 5 million gallons per day are involved in the total design flow.
  • Pollutants discharged by the user pass through or cause interference to POTWs.

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