Presentation on theme: "Heather Ceron US EPA Region 4 May 21, 2013. Two documents have been issued ◦ Actions that Regional Offices Are Taking to Promote Public Participation."— Presentation transcript:
Heather Ceron US EPA Region 4 May 21, 2013
Two documents have been issued ◦ Actions that Regional Offices Are Taking to Promote Public Participation in the Permitting Process (“EPA Actions”) ◦ Promising Practices for Permit Applicants Seeking EPA-Issued Permits: Ways to Engage Neighboring Communities (“Promising Practices”) an-ej/permitting.html an-ej/permitting.html
EPA Actions and Promising Practices apply only to permits issued by EPA. They do not apply to permits issued by state, tribal or local governments.
Goal: To establish a process for the region to plan and allocate resources for outreach in order to improve opportunities for meaningful engagement of overburdened communities in permitting activities potentially affecting their communities. How: EJ screening through the use of EJSCREEN and other readily available sources of information. When: Region 4 will consider prioritizing enhanced public activities for those EPA-issued permits that may involve activities with significant public health or environmental impacts on already overburdened communities as determined by use of screening tools or other methodology.
Air: ◦ Permits for criteria pollutants Excluded GHG only permits and OCS permits Water: ◦ New sources or new discharges ◦ Existing sources with major modifications ◦ Tribal wastewater treatment facilities (greater than or equal to 1 MGD) ◦ Federal NPDES permits for which a community has expressed concerns or other information indicates EJ concerns related to the permit RCRA: ◦ HSWA Corrective Action Plans in MS ◦ TSCA approvals for PCB disposal facilities and clean up actions by private parties
Planning/Gathering information Encourage Enhanced Activities by Applicant Upon Receipt of Permit Application ◦ Internal coordination with all media ◦ Inform impacted community ◦ Consider informational meetings/training in the community ◦ Insure ongoing coordination with the regional Office of EJ Upon Preparation of Draft Permit ◦ Communicate with public regarding the proposed permit ◦ Plan for a public hearing Once Permit is Issued ◦ Ensure appropriate follow-up with community stakeholders