On December 16, 2021 (86 FR 71482), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the federal register inviting the public to comment on allowing modern electronic alternatives for public notification in implementing Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Specifically, this notice communicates the EPA’s interpretation that the RCRA and EPA regulatory provisions that require newspaper notice for certain actions (e.g., permit issuance) can be satisfied by notice in qualifying online newspapers, as well as print newspapers. The EPA is also requesting comment regarding whether online mechanisms that might not typically be viewed as newspapers, such as bulletins or newsletters published online by state environmental agencies, could also satisfy these requirements. This notice further explains the EPA’s view that the EPA in appropriate cases can authorize state regulations that provide for equivalent notice mechanisms other than newspaper publication for actions other than permit issuance (permit modifications for example). Finally, this notice requests comment on whether EPA should amend its regulations to allow for more flexibility in providing notice of permit actions and other RCRA actions. Comments must be received on or before February 14, 2022.
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