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New Online Forum Increases Public’s Access to EPA

Release Date: 12/03/2009
Contact Information: Skip Anderson, anderson.skip@epa.gov, 202-564-9551, 202-564-4355; En español: Lina Younes, younes.lina@epa.gov 202-564-9924, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched an online discussion forum designed to enhance communication between EPA and the public on contaminated sites, waste management, and recycling issues. The forum, which is a public comment board, is another important component in EPA’s ongoing efforts to increase transparency and public engagement.

The first four discussion topics on the new forum pertain to community involvement, Superfund metrics, toxic material reduction, and land revitalization. Potential topics for future discussions include recycling, waste management, brownfields, leaking underground storage tanks, and emergency response.
The forum invites stakeholders, members of the public, EPA program managers, and EPA policy experts to engage in a dynamic discussion about EPA’s work. The agency plans to post a new topic of discussion each month to generate discussion related to hazardous waste, recycling, and emergency response activities.

More information on the forum:
http://blog.epa.gov/oswerforum/