11.15: Public Notice and the Environmental Monitor
(1) Public Notice of Environmental Review. The Proponent shall, no sooner than 30 Days prior to and no later than the date of the publication of an ENF in the Environmental Monitor in accordance with 301 CMR 11.15(2), publish notice of the filing of the ENF in a newspaper of local circulation in each municipality affected by the Project, or in a newspaper of statewide circulation if an affected municipality is not served by a local publication. This notice shall be provided using the form available from the MEPA Office. The Proponent shall certify compliance with this section in the ENF. In the case of a Project potentially affecting more than one municipality, the Proponent shall ordinarily consult with the Secretary for specific advice as to publication requirements.
(2) Environmental Monitor.
(a) Contents. The Secretary shall publish the appropriate pages of the ENF in the next Environmental Monitor after the filing of an ENF. The Secretary shall publish in the Environmental Monitor a draft record of decision on a waiver request in accordance with 301 CMR 11.11(6). The Secretary shall publish notice of the following filings and decisions in the next Environmental Monitor: a request for an advisory opinion in accordance with 301 CMR 11.01(6)(b); a fail-safe decision; a decision whether an EIR is required; the availability of an EIR; a decision on an EIR; matters regarding a Special Review Procedure in accordance with 301 CMR 11.09(2); the filing of a Notice of Project Change in accordance with 301 CMR 11.10(8); a decision regarding a Notice of Project Change; a decision on a waiver request; and the filing of Section 61 Findings. The Secretary may publish in the Environmental Monitor notice of: extensions of review periods and deadlines; hearings, workshops, and meetings; and such other matters as the Secretary deems appropriate.
(b) Publication Dates. The Secretary shall publish the Environmental Monitor twice each month. The Secretary shall publish notice of filings received by the MEPA Office by 5:00 p.m. on the 15th Day of each month in the Environmental Monitor issued seven to ten Days thereafter and notice of filings received by the MEPA Office by 5:00 P.M. on the last Day of each month in the Environmental Monitor issued seven to ten Days thereafter. The review periods for ENFs, EIRs, Notices of Project Change, Special Review Procedure review documents, and draft records of decision shall begin on the date of publication of the next Environmental Monitor.
(c) Subscriptions and Distribution. The Secretary shall send the Environmental Monitor to any Agency or Person who requests a subscription in writing and renews the subscription in writing each January. The Secretary shall also send the Environmental Monitor for public posting to all City and Town Halls and public libraries in the Commonwealth.
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