Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
Public Participation Guidelines [9 VAC 15 ‑ 11]
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8/17/21  2:05 pm
Commenter: Joseph Jeeva Abbate, Yogaville Environmental Solutions

Re: DEQ's public participation regulation

 As a person of conscious, I believe the voices of marginalized communities across the commonwealth need to be prioritized, valued, and empowered in all decision-making processes. In doing so, the regulation needs to include: scheduling public hearings on permits in the directly impacted communities earlier in the process and with both in person and hybrid opportunities; hold public hearings when accessible to full time workers; and give more advance notice of when public hearings will be held.

Thank you,

J. Abbate

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