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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1335


Public Participation Guidelines

[26 Pa.B. 3957]

   The Department of Environmental Protection has finalized its Guidelines on Public Participation in the Development of Regulations and Technical Guidance. These guidelines were developed to ensure that all regulations and technical guidance documents are developed with effective participation by the public during all steps in the process. These guidelines are available from the contact below.

   These guidelines address the use of advisory committees, the use of the advance notice of proposed rulemaking procedure, the use of the notice of proposed rulemaking procedure, the use of the advance notice of final rulemaking procedure, public information meetings, public hearings, regulatory negotiations, 6-month regulatory agenda, sunset review, consideration of public comments and availability of documents.

   Draft guidelines were developed in January 1996 and comments were accepted until May 1, 1996. The Department has prepared a response to these public comments which is also available from the contact below.

   This policy is available from the Department's Policy Office, P. O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, telephone (717) 783-8727 or on the DEP Web site at (choose Public Participation/Guides on Public Participation).


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1335. Filed for public inspection August 16, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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