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Response to Comments
A response to comments document briefly describes and responds to all significant comments on the draft permit
that were received during the public comment period or during any hearing ( 0 CFR  124.17(a)(2 ). The response to
comments identifies provisions of the draft permit or modification that were changed, and provides reasons for the
changes (40 CFR  124.14(a)(l ).
The response to comments details, for the public record, all concerns and issues raised during corrective action planning;
comments raised during the comment period on the proposed remedy, RCRA facility investigation, or corrective
measures study; and how the regulatory agency considered and responded to these concerns.
Exhibit 5-2 in Chapter 5 of the 2016 Edition of the RCRA Public Participation Manual details the relevant RCRA processes
and regulatory requirements related to responding to comments, as well as recommendations for how to respond to
public comments.
Required Activity?
Yes. If written comments are submitted during the public comment period, the permitting agency is required to discuss
them in the response to comments under 40 CFR  124.17.
The permitting agency must prepare a response to comments:
	When it issues a final permit decision (40 CFR  124.17).
	When making final decisions on requested Class 2 and 3 permit modifications and agency-initiated permit modifica-
tions (40 CFR 5 270.41 and 40 CFR  270.42).
Making it Work
When to Use
A response to comments document should be prepared any time comments are submitted from the public during the
public comment period.
How to Use
When preparing a response to comments:
	Identify the selected remedy or remedies, taking into account the comments received during the public comment
period.
	Identify comments raised during the public comment period.
	Respond to public comments.
	Discuss any future actions that will accompany the implementation of the selected remedy.
Response to comments documents must be sent to the facility owner/operator and each person who submitted written
comments or requested notice of the final permit decision (40 CFR  124.17). All documents cited and new points raised
in the response to comments must be included in the administrative record for the final permit decision (40 CFR  124.]
The response to comments also should include a summary of public participation in the project and how community
members' views informed decisions and project design.
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Checklist for Response to Comments
~	Identify the selected remedy or remedies, taking into account the comments received during the public comment
period.
~	Identify comments raised during the public comment period.
~	Respond to public comments.
n Discuss any future actions that will accompany the implementation of the selected remedy.
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