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6. (1) The competent authority must ensure that the public concerned are given early and effective opportunities to participate in the preparation or review of the off-site emergency plan.
(2) The competent authority must inform the public concerned about any proposed off-site emergency plan, and relevant information must be made available, including, but not limited to, information about the right to participate in the decision-making process and details of the competent authority to which comments and questions may be submitted.
(3) The competent authority must allow a reasonable time frame for the public concerned to express comments, and must take due account of these comments in reaching a decision on the contents of the plan.
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