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8/16/21  7:14 pm
Commenter: Steven Vogel, retired

Virginia Needs to Improve Its Public Engagement

As a spiritual person of conscience, I believe that 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 at times that are accessible to full-time workers; and give more advance notice of when public hearings will be held.

CommentID: 99739