15A NCAC 02H .0115      PUBLIC ACCESS

(a)  All records, reports, and information required to be submitted to the Commission or the Director; any public comment on these records, reports or information; and the draft and final permits shall be disclosed upon request to the public unless the person submitting the information can show that such information, if made public, would disclose methods or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets.

(b)  The Director is authorized to determine information which is entitled to confidential treatment.  In the event the Director determines that such information (other than effluent data) is entitled to confidential treatment, he shall take steps to protect such information from disclosure. He shall submit the information considered to be confidential to the Regional Administrator, EPA, Region IV, for concurrence in his determination of confidentiality.

(c)  The Director shall:

(1)        provide facilities for the inspection of information relating to permit applications and permits,

(2)        ensure that the staff handle request for such inspections promptly,

(3)        ensure that copying machines or devices are available for a reasonable fee.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑215.3(a)(1); 143‑215.3(a)(2); 143‑215.3(a)(4); 132‑6;


Eff. February 1, 1976;

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