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E-Citizen Participation Initiative Questions and Answers

What is the DER e-Citizen Participation Initiative?

DEC's Division of Environment Remediation (DER) is "going paperless." The ultimate goal is to distribute citizen participation information about contaminated sites electronically by way of county email listservs.

What are the benefits of listserv distribution?

  • It's fast and convenient, coming right to your email inbox.
  • It's easy to share information with others.
  • It's comprehensive; you receive updates on all sites in the counties you choose.
  • It stretches taxpayer dollars by reducing labor, paper, printing and postage.
  • It helps the environment by reducing our "carbon footprint."

What programs are involved in the initiative?

Once you sign up, you will receive email updates on sites being addressed in the following programs:

  • State Superfund Program (Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Remedial Program)
  • Brownfield Cleanup Program
  • Environmental Restoration Program
  • Voluntary Cleanup Program
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Subtitle C (RCRA-C) Program

What sites are involved in the initiative?

Information will be distributed for all sites that are being investigated and cleaned up under one of the above mentioned programs. If you are interested in finding out if there are any sites of interest to you, you can search DER's Environmental Site Remediation Database by address, county, and program to find out. You will need to know the county or counties you are interested in to sign up for the appropriate county listserv.

What about environmental justice concerns?

DER has discussed e-Citizen Participation with DEC's Environmental Justice (EJ) advisory group, DEC's EJ Office, and various interested EJ groups. The response has been very positive. DER will continue to work with EJ groups to enhance outreach to the EJ community.

What if people don't have access to computers or email?

In instances where electronic delivery is not an option, the public can still request that they be notified by paper via regular mail delivery.

What is the current status of the initiative?

DER is concurrently implementing a two-pronged approach. One approach focuses on notifying everyone on existing site contact lists and directing them to sign up for the appropriate county email listservs. The second approach focuses on increasing general public awareness of site related information on DER's website and through county listservs.

How is site information being distributed during the transition?

Until DER has completed the regional listserv notification step, DER will continue to mail site information through the postal service. In addition, all fact sheets and notices will be emailed through the county email listservs. Listserv distribution will be treated during the transition period as a supplemental notification. Once the notification step is complete, site information will be distributed exclusively by listservs, except for those instances where parties have notified DER that electronic delivery is not an option.

How does one sign up for a county email listserv?

Go to Contaminated Sites Email Listservs to sign up for one or more county. Simply click on each appropriate county link and follow the directions on the screen to set up a secure subscription account. You can easily change account information, such as your email address or unsubscribe at any time.

Important Note: Remember, even a party who is on a site contact list and receives information through the postal service now, must sign up for the appropriate county listserv, because DER is transitioning all contact lists to electronic distribution of site information.

What if I have questions regarding the initiative?

Any questions or any suggestions for publicizing the listservs should be addressed to DER at:

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