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A National Dialogue convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
and hosted by Information Renaissance
with additional support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Welcome to the National Dialogue

July 10 - July 20, 2001

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Welcome to the online National Dialogue on how to improve public involvement in EPA decision-making. Please join EPA, panels of experts, and a broad cross-section of individuals who are sharing their thoughts and ideas on this important topic with each other and with the Agency.

The Dialogue is now finished. Please see the Summary Tables to view and search the Dialogue's content by topics and keywords. Democracy Online: An Evaluation of the National Dialogue on Public Involvement in EPA Decisions is available now from Resources for the Future. Material on this Web site will be maintained for at least a year past the end of the Dialogue.

Over the course of 10 days (including a Saturday), the participants are discussing specific topics drawn from EPA's newly drafted Public Involvement Policy with Agency staff and public involvement experts. EPA wants your input on how this policy should be implemented. Because this is a Web-based discussion, you can select the topics that interest you and participate at your convenience.

This Dialogue involves over 500 individuals, including citizens, representatives of industry, environmental groups, small business, states, local governments, tribes, and other groups. Participants can discuss the draft Public Involvement Policy and offer suggestions on how EPA should implement it. Among the topics under discussion are the following:

  • Identifying and involving the public, including those hardest to reach;
  • Providing information to the public;
  • Creating effective public involvement opportunities during rulemaking and permitting; and
  • Encouraging collaborative processes.

You are invited to explore the Web site and to follow the discussion as it takes place between July 10 and July 20, 2001.

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