Public Review Process
Initial Public Notice: the Unified Program Agency (UPA) shall publish notice in a local newspaper of general circulation that the RMP has been submitted and the UPA has initiated the process for government and public review.
Deficiency Notice: the UPA shall review the RMP to determine if all the elements pursuant to Sections 2745.3 through 2745.9 are contained in the document and provide a written notice to the owner or operator of a business of any deficiencies.
(A) The owner or operator of the business shall have 60 calendar days from receipt of the notification of RMP deficiencies to make any corrections. An owner or operator of the business may request, in writing, a one-time 30 calendar day extension to correct deficiencies. At the end of the 60 calendar days, and any extension period if applicable, the business shall resubmit the corrected, revised RMP to the UPA.
(B) If no deficiencies are identified, the UPA shall accept the RMP as complete and submit the RMP for formal public review.
Formal public review. Within 15 calendar days after the UPA determines that the RMP is complete, the UPA shall make the RMP available to the public for review and comment by publishing a notice in a local newspaper of general circulation. The notice shall describe the RMP and state a location where it may be reviewed. The UPA shall directly notify individuals and organizations who have specifically requested to be notified. The public shall have 45 calendar days to comment following the publication date of the notice. The UPA shall review all public comments.
Evaluation review. The evaluation review shall be conducted by the UPA at the end of the formal public review period. The UPA shall take the public comments into consideration during the evaluation review. The UPA shall consider standard application of engineering and scientific principles, site specific characteristics, technical accuracy, severity of offsite consequences, and other information in the possession of or reviewed by the UPA.
The evaluation review may include inspections and onsite document review of records and data which may not be in the possession of the UPA.
Public Access to Information
The public shall have access to the RMP, including any electronic data developed as part of the USEPA reporting requirements. Classified information need not be included. Trade secrets are protected pursuant to Section 25538 of the Health & Safety Code (H&SC).