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Heather Ceron US EPA Region 4 May 21, 2013.  Two documents have been issued ◦ Actions that Regional Offices Are Taking to Promote Public Participation.

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1 Heather Ceron US EPA Region 4 May 21, 2013

2  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

3  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.

4  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.

5  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

6  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

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