Figure 4.6.2 shows the public participation part of the process. Public workshops, meetings, and hearings are conducted from early in the process until completion. These meetings allow informal and formal discussions of issues
and the opportunity for the public to provide data and information to the EPA. The advance notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) is an optional step that provides an extra opportunity for public comment. Public comment periods generally last from 30 to 45 days and up to 120 days. The EPA reviews each submitted comment and uses it to prepare the proposed and final regulations. They also prepare a detailed document that presents each comment and the EPA's responses.
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