(a) Where public participation is deemed appropriate by the Executive Secretary or is required by law, the Executive Secretary shall notify the public of the availability in one location of all information on the subject matter, including all information submitted by the applicant, except for that deemed confidential, the Commission’s draft permit and the Commission’s analysis, and any other information deemed appropriate. Such notice shall be mailed to any interested person upon request and shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation which is printed and issued at least twice weekly.
(b) The Commission shall provide a period of not less than thirty (30) days following he date of the public notice during which time interested persons may submit written comments on the subject matter, permit application, the Commission’s analysis and draft permit, and other appropriate considerations. The period for comment may be extended at the sole discretion of the Executive Secretary.
(c) The Executive Secretary, at his sole discretion, may hold a public hearing if such hearing would aid in a permit decision. Any person may request a public hearing. Hearing requests shall be in writing and shall be filed within the thirty (30) day comment period prescribed in paragraph (b) and shall indicate the interest of the party filing the request and the reasons why a hearing is warranted. The Executive Secretary shall publish the public notice for a public hearing at least thirty days in advance of the hearing date.History: 1972, PL 12-45 § 1, 2000, PL 26-22.