(a)  Public Meetings:

(1)        The Director shall provide an opportunity for the applicant, any affected state, any affected interstate agency, the regional administrator, or any interested agency, person, or group of persons to request or petition for a public meeting with respect to NPDES permit applications.  Any person who desires a public meeting on any NPDES permit application shall so request in writing to the Director within 30 days following the publication date of the notice of application.  Any such request or petition for public meeting shall indicate the interest of the party filing such request and the reasons why a meeting is warranted.

(2)        The Director is delegated authority to determine if a public meeting shall be held in accordance with G.S. 143‑215.1(c)(3) and to issue public notice and conduct such meeting for the Commission.

(3)        All comments received within 30 days following the publication date of the notice of NPDES permit application shall be made part of the application file and shall be considered by the Director prior to taking final action on the application.

(4)        Any meeting brought pursuant to this Subsection shall be held in the geographical area of the proposed discharge or other appropriate area, in the discretion of the Director, and may, as appropriate, consider related groups of permit applications.

(b)  Adjudicatory Hearings and appeals shall be conducted in accordance with Article 3 of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑215.3(a)(1); 143‑215.1(c)(1); 143‑215.3(a)(3); 143‑215.3(a)(4);

143‑215.5; 143‑215.1(e);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1993; November 1, 1987.