Public Comment Templates for Scientists

Having trouble writing your public comment? We have provided a few templates below to get you started. 



General Comment Format

COVER LETTER

Re: [Docket ID, Document Title]

To Whom It May Concern,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on [Document Title]. I am... 1-2 sentences introducing yourself and your credentials, as they relate to the comment you are writing].

I would like to... [raise concerns / inform you of new information / provide supporting evidence] regarding [Document Title]:

  1. [1 sentence describing first major point]
  2. [1 sentence describing second major point]
  3. etc...

In summary, [1-2 sentences summarizing your comment]. Please see below for additional details and pertinent literature.

Sincerely,

[Name]
[Degree, Additional Qualifications]

MAIN COMMENT TEXT
[First major point]
Several short paragraphs supporting your first point. Include references to literature that is cited in the bibliography.

[Second major point]
Several short paragraphs supporting your second point. Include references to literature that is cited in the bibliography.


BIBLIOGRAPHY
List of your sources; include links or DOI when appropriate.





Comment on Proposed Regulation, Option 1

I would like to bring to the agency's attention new [research and/or data] that is highly relevant for the decision-making process regarding the proposed regulation [Regulation title, Docket #] .
The proposed regulation text cites [this research] when providing context for the following regulatory actions : [actions here] .
The related [research and/or data] summarized below, which is not included within the current regulation text, [does / does not] support the data presented by the agency...

[Summarize research findings] The sources for the [research and/or data] cited above can be found at the end of this comment.

Please take this research into consideration when making any adjustments for the final regulation.



Sincerely,

[Name]

[Degree, Additional Qualifications]






Comment on Proposed Regulation, Option 2

The text for this regulation ( [Regulation title, Docket #] ) includes several regulatory actions that the agency may want to revisit in light of recent [research / data] which suggests that the outcomes of these actions may not acheive the purpose of the regulation.
The [research and/or data] summarized below suggests that the actual outcomes of the regulatory actions will be...

[Summarize research findings and resulting range of outcomes expected from regulation] The sources for the [research and/or data] cited above can be found at the end of this comment.

Please consider what this research implies regarding the effectiveness of this regulation in acheiving its stated purpose.



Sincerely,

[Name]

[Degree, Additional Qualifications]