Frequent Questions

How can the public become involved in the hazardous waste permitting process?

EPA believes that public participation is a vital component of the permitting process. Accordingly, EPA has written regulations that create opportunities for the public to learn about RCRA activities and give input during the permitting process. The preapplication meeting, public comment and response periods, and public hearings are all instances where citizens can engage companies and regulators in a dialogue. In addition, EPA also encourages public participation activities that occur outside the formal permitting process. Citizens can contact environmental, public interest, and civic and community groups that have an interest in the facility and become involved in their activities. The permit applicant may also create informal opportunities for public input and dialogue. 

More information about public participation in the hazardous waste permitting process is available on the Agency's Public Participation web site,, and in the following documents: 

The Hazardous Waste Permitting Process: A Citizens Guide (EPA530-F-96-007) (RO 50444) 
Memo, Cotsworth to Regions; September 16, 1999 (RCRA Online #14521)  
Memo, Laws to Regions; December 20, 1995 ( RCRA Online #14044
Memo, Laws to Regions; May 23, 1994 (RCRA Online #14043
Monthly Call Center Report Question; August 1990 ( RCRA Online #13396)
Memo, Thomas to Devereaux; April 30, 1986 (RCRA Online #12633
Memo, Thomas to Bernstein; May 7, 1984 (RCRA Online # 12231)
These documents are available at the following URL:

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