(a) Publication of Notice.—If, after considering the report of a convener or conducting its own assessment, an agency decides to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee, the agency shall publish in the Federal Register and, as appropriate, in trade or other specialized publications, a notice which shall include—
a description of the subject and scope of the rule to be developed, and the issues to be considered;
(b) Applications for Membership or  Committee.—Persons who will be significantly affected by a proposed rule and who believe that their interests will not be adequately represented by any person specified in a notice under subsection (a)(4) may apply for, or nominate another person for, membership on the negotiated rulemaking committee to represent such interests with respect to the proposed rule. Each application or nomination shall include—
a written commitment that the applicant or nominee shall actively participate in good faith in the development of the rule under consideration; and
(c) Period for Submission of Comments and Applications.—
The agency shall provide for a period of at least 30 calendar days for the submission of comments and applications under this section.