Proposed Water Regulations

Proposed Actions provide the full text of proposed regulations and amendments, an estimate of the economic impact of an action on the regulated parties, the agency, other State or local agencies, and the general public. Proposed Actions also detail how the public may provide comments to an agency about a proposed regulation.

All Notices of Proposed Action are published in the Maryland Register.​​

As of 2/10/2017​

Regulation Title
Subtitle 04 REGULATION OF WATER SUPPLY, SEWAGE DISPOSAL, AND SOLID WASTE26.04.02 Sewage Disposal and Certain Water Systems for Homes and Other Establishments in the Counties of Maryland Where a Public Sewage System is NotAvailable
Purpose
The purpose of this action is to amend the existing regulatory requirement regarding the size of the lettering on the rear of vehicles that haul septage. Currently, the requirement is for the lettering to be at least 6 inches. This amendment would change the size to at least 4 inches. This would make the size of the lettering consistent across all counties in the State.
COMAR26.04.02.09
Relevant Statutory Deadline
Public Informational and Formal Comment Opportunities
Other Documents
Status
These "Septage Hauler" regulations were submitted to the Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee (AELR) on 11/2/16. They are scheduled to be submitted to the Division of  State Documents on 11/17/16 for publication in the Maryland Register on 12/09/16.

Regulation Title
Underground Injection Control
Purpose
To prohibit the construction of Class II underground injection wells in Maryland
COMAR26.08.07.04
Relevant Statutory DeadlineN/A
Public Informational and Formal Comment Opportunities
The comment period is open until December 28, 2016.
Other Documents
Status
​This change was published in the Maryland Register on ​November 28, 2016.

Regulation Title
Erosion and Sediment Control
Purpose
The purpose of this action is to adopt minor amendments to existing erosion and sediment control regulations and update the handbook entitled "2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control" (Standards), which is incorporated by reference in COMAR (26.17.01.11). The amendments will change the specific definition of "grading unit" in COMAR (26.17.01.01) and related language found in the Standards, expand the validity from 2 years to 3 for erosion and sediment control plan approval (26.17.01.08), and removing the requirement that the appropriate enforcement authority shall inspect construction sites an average of once every 2 weeks for compliance with an approved erosion and sediment control plan.
COMAR26.17.01.01, 26.17.01.08, 26.17.01.09, 26.17.01.11
Relevant Statutory DeadlineN/A
Public Informational and Formal Comment Opportunities
See below
Other Documents
Status
Notice of Final Action sent to Division of State Documents on 4/13/17. The regulation will be published in the April 28, 2017 edition of the Maryland Register with an effective date of May 8, 2017.

Regulation Title

Design and Construction of Conventional On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems

Purpose

The purpose of this action is to increase the maximum loading rates that may be considered for onsite sewage disposal systems if the system is utilizing Best Available Technology (BAT) or permeable micro or ultra -filtration membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology.

COMAR26.04.02.05
Relevant Statutory Deadline
Public Informational and Formal Comment Opportunities

See below

Other Documents
Status

Submitted to AELR 12/11/17. Posted in Maryland Register on 2/2/18 with 30 day comment period ending 3/5/18.


Regulation Title

Discharge Limitations – Use of Toxic Substances for Aquatic Life Management Purposes

Purpose

The purpose of this regulatory action is to streamline the process of issuing a Toxic Substances Permit. Currently an applicant must obtain both an individual Toxic Substances Permit and gain an understanding of the General Discharge Permit for pesticides use. With this regulatory change an applicant will have the flexibility of only applying for the General Discharge Permit.

COMAR26.08.03.02
Relevant Statutory DeadlineN/A
Public Informational and Formal Comment Opportunities

See below

Other Documents
Status

Submitted to AELR 12/13/17. Posted in Maryland Register on 2/2/18 with 30 day comment period ending 3/5/18.


Regulation Title

Bay Restoration Fund Implementation – Clean Water Commerce Act

Purpose

The purpose of this action is to amend the existing regulations to conform with the statutory changes made to Environment Article, §9-1605.2, Annotated Code of Maryland, during the 2017 legislative session. Specifically, the Clean Water Commerce Act of 2017 authorized funds to be used under the Bay Restoration Fund for the purchase of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment load reductions

COMAR26.03.13.01, 26.03.13.02, 26.03.13.03
Relevant Statutory DeadlineN/A
Public Informational and Formal Comment Opportunities

See below

Other Documents
Status

Submitted to AELR 12/11/17. Posted in Maryland Register on 2/2/18 with 30 day comment period ending 3/5/18.


Regulation Title

Lead in Drinking Water - Public and Non-public Schools

Purpose

The purpose of this action is to comply with HB 270 of the 2017 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly by requiring public and non-public schools to test drinking water outlets for lead contamination and establishing an ongoing program to minimize the risk of exposure to lead in the school’s drinking water.

COMAR26.16.07.01 - .12
Relevant Statutory DeadlineJuly 1, 2018
Public Informational and Formal Comment Opportunities

A public hearing will be held, February 28, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Other Documents
Status

Submitted to AELR 12/26/17. Posted in Maryland Register on 2/2/18 with 30 day comment period ending 3/5/18.


Number of Proposed Water Regulations : 7