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Comment Policy

The purpose of this blog is to discuss TRI metal mining issues. We encourage comments.

We want to publish your comments, but we expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we won’t post comments that:

  • contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
  • promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the blog post or comment are acceptable)
  • are far off-topic
  • make unsupported accusations.

We don’t edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your comment contains none of the above. 

Additionally, we will not post comments from EPA employees acting in their official capacity. Any such comments should be submitted through internal channels. This blog is intended solely to provide a discussion forum for external stakeholders.

Subject to EPA discretion, identical comments may not be posted to the discussion forum.

Reporters are asked to send questions to the EPA Newsroom through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted.

We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will generally occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible the next business day.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. Please read the privacy discussion in Frequent Questions.

This site will be open for comments until 5 pm on November 25th. EPA will not respond directly to any comments received in this forum, but comments will be included in a public docket for the purposes of any related future Agency rulemaking. We will post a link to the docket once the discussion forum is closed to further comment.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.