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Quick Comments Results: Sept. 18-19

Types of Environmental Information Wanted

  • 30 total responses to date.

  • Percentage of responses rating each of these points as especially important:

  • 60.0% (18/30) Timely access to information on the EPA web site.
    43.3% (13/30) Free access to databases of state and national air and water quality regulations.
    63.3% (19/30) Guides that explain the regulatory process and translate information into laypersonís terms.
    43.3% (13/30) Guides for local citizens that help them navigate the EPA site.
    50.0% (15/30) Guides to determine a local companyís compliance status.
    40.0% (12/30) Better access to grey literature.
    43.3% (13/30) Searchable Health Effects section on the EPA site.
    46.7% (14/30) Tools to interpret water quality data and put local issues into perspective.
    30.0% (9/30) Online access to FOIA materials.
    53.3% (16/30) Major documents, such as environmental impact statements should be placed online.
    56.7% (17/30) Improved web access through better navigational tools, search engines, and Web site design.
    50.0% (15/30) Up-to-date databases with functional links.
    33.3% (10/30) Searchable text documents (vs. unsearchable Adobe Acrobat format).
    23.3% (7/30) More information on the administrative organization of the EPA (who does what and reports to whom).

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