EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposals for Promoting Public Participation in Permitting
To implement Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priority on environmental justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) is issuing a federal register notice for public comment regarding “Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process” and “Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line.”
The “Proposed Regional Actions to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process” presents agency-wide guidelines that will inform the development of regional implementation plans to provide opportunities for overburdened communities to participate meaningfully in the permitting process for priority permits. EPA is also encouraging permit applicants to make an effort to meaningfully involve overburdened communities in the permitting process. To that end, EPA is releasing “Draft Best Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage the Communities at the Fence-Line” for public comment.
You can view and comment on the federal register notice on Regulations.gov (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0452). EPA is also using the Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which will go live on Thursday June 28th, to encourage different public stakeholders to dialogue over the ideas set forth in the federal register notice The Environmental Justice in Action Blog does not replace the conventional public comment process described in the notice. You can access the blog at https://blog.epa.gov/ej/.
Additionally, EPA is hosting two calls to discuss the details of the proposed guidelines and best practices. To attend a call, please RSVP to email@example.com indicating which call(s) you wish to attend and you will receive a reply with call-in information.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
2:30-4 PM EST
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
4-5:30 PM EST
The proposed guidelines and best practices are intended to help integrate environmental justice considerations in EPA-issued permits. These efforts are important initiatives under Plan EJ 2014, EPA’s road map for carrying out the Administrator’s priority on environmental justice.
For Additional Information or Questions:
If you have questions about the federal register notice or calls that EPA is hosting, please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting Initiative of Plan EJ 2014, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/permitting.html.
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