Public comment is essential for effective DEQ regulation of air and water quality, water supply and land protection. And it is especially important to hear from those impacted the most by DEQ decisions and actions.
The essential comment regulation needs to include well-publicized public hearings scheduled early in the process and held in directly impacted communities at times convenient for full-time workers. Providing public comment should be available for in person and for hybrid opportunities, such as electronic submission, in order to gather broad input and ensure all voices are heard.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the DEQ public participation regulation.