July 17, 2023

RCRA Public Participation Manual

RCRA permitted facilities have requirements to incorporate public participation during their permitting process and corrective action. In 2016, EPA published Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Public Participation Manual. This manual has five chapters, and each is summarized below.

Sometimes a permitted facility will need to make changes to its permit, requiring a permit modification. Permit modifications are broken into three classes, and the level of public participation required depends on the class of permit modification. Tables and flowcharts to assist permitted facilities with permit modifications are provided in the manual.


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