Q. How do I write a helpful SEPA comment letter?
A. DNR uses the SEPA environmental information along with other considerations to make a final agency decision to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the proposal. For that reason, during the SEPA process, constructive comments that help us understand the environmental impacts of the proposal are extremely valuable.
Comments that provide the following types of information are particularly valuable:
- Any inaccuracies in the environmental checklist, EIS, or other documentation.
- Areas of potential environmental impact that have not been identified.
- Adverse environmental impacts that have not been adequately discussed.
- Possible mitigation measures that could or should be added to the proposal.
- Reasonable alternatives to the proposal that meet the Purpose/Need (if commenting on an EIS).
- Specific needs for additional study, and why.
- The merits of the alternatives (if an EIS) and mitigation measures considered in the document.
- Documentation as to the magnitude or significance of likely adverse impacts.
- Credible science supporting the comments and where referenced documents can be obtained.
You can read more about SEPA and your role as a citizen at:
Citizen's Commenting Guide