(1) (a) The department shall hold a public hearing whenever it finds, on the basis of requests, a significant degree of public interest in a draft permit(s) ;
(b) the department may also hold a public hearing at its discretion, whenever, for instance, such a hearing might clarify one or more issues involved in the permit decision;
(c) public notice of the hearing must be given as specified in ARM 17.30.1372.
(2) Any person may submit oral or written statements and data concerning the draft permit. Reasonable limits may be set upon the time allowed for oral statements, and the submission of statements in writing may be required. The public comment period under ARM 17.30.1372 must automatically be extended to the close of any public hearing under this rule. The hearing officer may also extend the comment period by so stating at the hearing.
(3) A tape recording or written transcript of the hearing must be made available to the public.