So Much for "Transparent" Government!
Those who want to see the public comments will be required to file a FOIA request, a typically lengthy process which could take months. So, Mr. Open-and-Transparent, Mr. Hopey-Changey, is once again presiding over the hiding of information that the public has a right to see.
McClatchy says that:
Federal electronic dockets are routinely opened to the public in other circumstances. For instance, people who want to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules to control pollution under the Clean Air Act can go to Regulations.gov - a site that handles public comments for federal agencies. Not only can they file their own comments, but they also can read any other comment that has been filed.
But comments about draft environmental impact statements do not appear there. A worker at the website's help desk said that's because the statements are considered draft documents, not proposed regulations.... More here.