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Department of Environmental Quality
Public Participation Guidelines [9 VAC 15 ‑ 11]
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8/16/21  9:48 pm
Commenter: Suanna Bruinooge

Encourage public comments from those most impacted

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 (considering times when most workers in the community are available, not only times convenient to people who can take leave to come speak); and give more advance notice of when public hearings will be held.

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