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8/19/21  4:11 pm
Commenter: Meredith Haines

Every 'topic of interest' on DEQ website needs an obvious/standard way to opt in for DEQ updates

Currently on DEQ's Topics of Interest menu, there are five items. So I navigate to each item, looking for how to sign up to receive updates, and it is different for each, if it is available at all.

Proposed solution: let me check boxes on all the topics I wish to be updated on. Let me choose to get either a text notification or an email that topics have been updated, with a link to the relevant website. Automate this (since it seems I really need to spell it out).

What is inexcusable is the situation at present (August 19, 2021).

Green Ridge Landfill - only option is to be put on contact list of the permit seeker. I don't want them to be in contact with me! I want to know I am getting DEQ updates. I see that there are no public hearings scheduled yet - why would the permit seeker even want to notify me?

Mountain Valley Pipeline - NO option to be put on any notification list. Are they buried in submenus? Not on a cursory look.

Radford Army Ammunition plant - 'sign up for constant contact' is a link in the body of the information part-way down the page.

Tidewater Air Monitoring Evaluation Project - better. Over on the right under 'Resources' is a 'TAME email list'. You have to click on it to see that is is a sign-up, as ambiguously, it could be a list of contacts regarding the project.

Volkswagen Settlement Agreement: Fine - under resources the top item is 'Sign up to receive updates'.

Also annoying is that the gray menu on the left appears and disappears depending on the  topic page you navigate to.


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