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  The NPS wants help ASAP in de-jargonizing its PR under NEPA. Translated, that means for the first time in 12 years the National Park Service is considering changes in procedure under the National Environmental Policy Act, the mother of all environmental protection. Passed in 1969, the act describes which environmental impacts the federal government must examine whenever it undertakes a major action. But because environmental impact statements often obscure more than illuminate, the agency wants advice on how to talk straight: "Do you need us to write in declarative sentences?" asks agency spokesman Jake Hoogland. "Are environmental assessments and impact statements read at all?" The agency is also considering how the law's requirements might be better integrated with other aspects of Park Service planning, including resource management and mining plans of operation. Written comments regarding desirable changes, including time limits for public comment, should be sent by Nov. 30 to Jake Hoogland, Environmental Quality Division, National Park Service Room 1210, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, DC 20240 (202/208-5214).

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