17.8.826 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
(1) The department shall notify all applicants in writing within 30 days of the date of receipt of an application as to the completeness of the application or any deficiency in the application or information submitted as provided in ARM 17.8.759. In the event of such a deficiency, the date of receipt of the application will be the date on which the department received all required information unless the department notifies the applicant in writing within 30 days thereafter that the application is still incomplete. This, and any subsequent notice of incompleteness shall follow the same form and requirements as the original notice of incompleteness.
(2) In accordance with ARM 17.8.759, the department shall:
(a) make a preliminary determination whether construction should be approved, approved with conditions, or disapproved;
(b) make available, in at least one location in each region in which the proposed source would be constructed, a copy of all materials the applicant submitted, a copy of the preliminary determination, and a copy or summary of other materials, if any, considered in making the preliminary determination;
(c) notify the public, by advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in each region in which the proposed source would be constructed, of the application, the preliminary determination, the degree of increment consumption that is expected from the source or modification, and of the opportunity for comment at a public hearing as well as written public comment;
(d) send a copy of the notice of public comment to the applicant, the administrator, and to officials and agencies having cognizance over the location where the proposed construction would occur, including any local air pollution control agencies, the chief executives of the city and county where the source would be located, any comprehensive regional land use planning agency, and any state, federal land manager, or Indian governing body whose lands may be affected by emissions from the source or modification;
(e) provide opportunity for a public hearing for interested persons to appear and submit written or oral comments on the air quality impact of the source, alternatives to it, the control technology required, and other appropriate considerations;
(f) consider all written comments submitted within a time specified in the notice of public comment and all comments received at any public hearing(s) in making a final decision on the approvability of the application. The department shall make all comments available for public inspection in the same locations where the department made available preconstruction information relating to the proposed source or modification;
(g) make a final determination whether construction should be approved, approved with conditions, or disapproved; and
(h) notify the applicant in writing of the final determination and make such notification available for public inspection at the same locations where the department made available preconstruction information and public comments relating to the source or modification.
History: 75-2-111, 75-2-203, MCA; IMP, 75-2-202, 75-2-203, 75-2-204, MCA; NEW, 1993 MAR p. 2919, Eff. 12/10/93; TRANS, from DHES, 1996 MAR p. 2285; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 3567, Eff. 12/27/02.