Frequent Questions

Why doesn?t EPA do enhanced outreach for every permit?

Robust public outreach and engagement can consume a substantial amount of resources from all stakeholders in a permitting process and would not be warranted for every permit action. EPA recognizes that its regional offices cannot enhance engagement for every EPA-issued permit and that overburdened communities might be overwhelmed with process if they were asked to engage on every permit potentially impacting them. For this reason, EPA has developed EPA Actions and Promising Practices to prioritize enhanced public engagement for those EPA-issued permits associated with activities that may have significant public health or environmental impacts on overburdened communities.

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