The most effective comments are substantive in nature. Let the agency know how YOU would personally be harmed by the proposed action. Other fruitful areas for comment are:
- challenging the adequacy of the scientific and other relevant information used in the proposal;
- challenging the number of alternatives analyzed (i.e., whether there were alternatives that should have been considered but were not);
- challenging the thoroughness of the agency’s analysis of the alternatives presented;
- challenging compliance with other environmental laws that might apply to the proposed action; and
- challenging the adequacy of proposed mitigation measures.
Sample Comment Letters
These examples show a range of comment letters varying in subject, technicality, and length.
- Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s Comment Letter on Red Dog Mine Fugitive Dust
- Southeast Alaska Conservation Council’s Comment Letter on Greens Creek Mine Tailings Dump Expansion
- Mono Lake Committee’s sample comment letter to the EPA
Comment Letter Templates
- Catawba Riverkeeper’s comment letter regarding coal ash waste discharges into the Catawba River.