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Public Participation Guidelines [9 VAC 15 ‑ 11]
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8/16/21  7:44 pm
Commenter: Susan Layman

Public Input Process for DEQ

Citizens of the state, particularly those most impacted by Department of Environmental Quality approvals of projects, need more and easier opportunities to provide input. Rather than being “available” for input, the department should find more proactive ways to include the community and PARTNER for the overall good of citizens. Lobbyists for Dominion and other large companies have far more access and influence than the people living in the areas impacted by projects. We need to focus on cleaning up past problems and holding those corporations responsible for them.  The updated process must include proactive gathering of input on prioritizing cleanup projects already on the backlog and improving overall Environmental Quality. 

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