Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information


Beginning today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) kicks off a National Dialogue intended to inform the development of a multi-year EPA strategy on environmental information access. This open online discussion will go for a week, after which time the comments received will be summarized and posted.  


So, don’t wait. Share your ideas and feedback on how the EPA can enhance access to high quality environmental information: http://blog.epa.gov/partners


Background information and a summary of the information gathered from stakeholders thus far are available at the National Dialogue Page: www.epa.gov/nationaldialogue.


Commenting on the EPA Dialogue (June 10, 2008), OMB Watch noted:


The Bush administration’s tenure has taken a heavy toll on EPA’s reputation on transparency by raising the reporting thresholds for toxic pollution under the Toxics Release Inventory, closing numerous agency libraries, and accusations of interference with scientific research. However, with the imminent reality of a new administration, the ideas for improving access may find a receptive audience in 2009.


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