Anaconda - Site Documents
The public, stakeholders and Tribes can access documents through several methods. Documents from deferral through current submittals can be found on this document page, if they are currently under review, may also be accessed through the newly created NDEP Anaconda SharePoint site.
User Name: email@example.com
Historic documents can currently be found at the EPA-managed SharePoint site.
User Name: firstname.lastname@example.org
All historical documents prior to deferral will be migrated over from the EPA SharePoint site to the NDEP Anaconda SharePoint site in the summer of 2018. Comment due dates can be found in both the calendar below and the countdown clock on this page.
Why Submit a Comment?
Commenting is an important way to make your voice heard in decision-making. Public comments can strengthen an environmental decision by providing the authoring agency with facts or perspectives that were lacking in the original draft. The goal of commenting is to help the agency create an accurate and comprehensive document to support appropriate and informed decision-making.
Preparing Meaningful and Effective Comments
A comment can express simple support or dissent for a regulatory action. However, a constructive, information-rich comment that clearly communicates and supports its claims is more likely to have an impact on regulatory decision-making. These tips are meant to help the public submit comments that have an impact and can help the agency with response to comments.
- Although agencies receive and appreciate all comments, constructive comments (either positive or negative) are the most likely to have an influence.
- A government document can have two types of legal problems: it may omit or inadequately address something that is required by law, or the action proposed in the document could violate the law. Either is a good issue to raise. If possible, specifically describe or quote and cite the legal or regulatory language.
- If you disagree with a proposed action, suggest an alternative and include an explanation and/or analysis of how the alternative might meet the same objective or be more effective.
- The comment process is not a vote. The government is attempting to formulate the best policy, so when crafting a comment it is important that you adequately explain the reasoning behind your position.
- Agency reviewers look for sound science and reasoning in the comments they receive. When possible, support your comment with substantive data, facts, and/or expert opinions. You may also provide personal experience in your comment, as may be appropriate. By supporting your arguments well you are more likely to influence the agency decision making.
Document Comment Process