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Web-based NEPA

The DOI should create a uniform web-based system for managing NEPA processes across its public agencies. It should include:

 

1. DOCUMENTS: The system should house NEPA notices, documents, supporting analyses, and decisions in formats easily accessible by the public;

 

2. SEARCHING FUNCTION: The system should categorize each NEPA event by attribute, like administrative unit, date, species, state, land use, etc., to facilitate public queries.

 

3. PUBLIC NOTICE: The system should allow the public to "sign up" for notices and comment periods according to those attribute(s), and

 

4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: The system should allow the public to submit comments and supporting information during different phases of the process.

 

This should be an "additional" system to existing procedures (like public meetings and hard copy mail) so as not to exclude non-computer literate public.

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