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from current §303.320, regarding a system’s public

awareness program, in new §303.301 (proposed §303.300)

because these notes provided clarity to lead agencies.

Discussion: New §303.301 (proposed §303.300) is consistent

with section 635(a)(6) of the Act, which describes the requirements of a public awareness program. Notes 1 and 2

following current §303.320 describe the components of an

effective public awareness program and provide examples of methods for informing the general public about the provisions of this part. We do not wish to make the substance of these notes regulatory requirements because we do not want to limit State flexibility to create a public awareness program that meets State-specific needs.

While we have not incorporated the notes as

requirements in the regulations, we continue to believe

that an effective public awareness system is one that involves an ongoing effort that is in effect throughout a State, including rural areas; provides for the involvement of, and communication with, major organizations throughout a State that have a direct interest in this part, including public agencies at the State and local level, private providers, professional associations, parent groups, advocate associations, and other organizations; has coverage broad enough to reach the general public,