Maryland Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater discharge permits: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.08.04.01 to 26.08.04.11

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Effluent limitations: COMAR 26.08.03.01 to 26.08.03.08

Thermal discharges: COMAR 26.08.02.03 and COMAR 26.08.03.03

Pretreatment standards: COMAR 26.08.08.01 to 26.08.08.05

Agricultural waste: COMAR 26.08.04.09(N) and COMAR 15.20.08.01 to 15.20.08.07

Wastewater system operator: COMAR 26.06.01.04 to 26.06.01.16

Drinking water: COMAR 26.04.01.01 to 26.04.01.36

Groundwater: COMAR 26.08.01 to 26.08.04 and COMAR 26.08.07

Oil spills: COMAR 26.10.01.01 to 26.10.01.27

Wetlands protection: COMAR 26.23.01.01 to 26.23.06.03 and COMAR 26.24.01.01 to 26.24.05.02

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration

Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Baltimore District Office

Maryland State Fire Marshal

MDE Waste Management Administration Oil Control Program

Local governments and fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland has developed a water pollution permitting scheme that follows the federal regulations. However, Maryland is more stringent as it protects both surface water and groundwater.

MDE has been granted primacy by EPA to administer and enforce the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements in the state.

Administration and enforcement. In Maryland, MDE's Water Management Administration is responsible for administering and enforcing the state's provisions for water pollution control, including the state's wastewater ...


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