17.8.1313 PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROCEDURES
(1) The following public consultation procedures must be adhered to during actions required by 40 CFR Part 93, subpart A, or this subchapter:
(a) Local air quality agencies and the department shall utilize a proactive public involvement process which provides opportunity for public review and comment prior to taking formal action establishing emissions budgets or allocating budgets among sources.
(b) MPOs and MDT shall utilize a proactive public involvement process which provides opportunity for public review and comment by, at a minimum, providing reasonable public access to technical and policy information considered by the agency at the beginning of the public comment period and prior to taking formal action on conformity determinations for all transportation plans and TIPs, consistent with the requirements of 23 CFR Part 450.316(b). Any charges imposed for public inspection and copying must be consistent with the fee schedule contained in 49 CFR 7.95, except that state agency charges must be consistent with the governor's April 9, 1996, or most current, guidelines for responding to requests for access to, and/or copying, of agency documents. In addition, state agencies shall specifically address in writing all public comments that known plans for a regionally significant project that is not receiving FHWA or FTA funding or approval have not been properly reflected in the emissions analysis supporting a proposed conformity finding for a transportation plan or TIP. State agencies shall also provide opportunity for public involvement in conformity determinations for projects where otherwise required by law.
History: 75-2-111, MCA; IMP, 75-2-202, MCA; NEW, 1996 MAR p. 2299, Eff. 8/23/96; AMD, 1999 MAR p. 1216, Eff. 6/4/99.