Kettleman Hills Facility Community Outreach

Engaging the public in an open and transparent communication process leads to better decisions and also creates public trust ensuring decisions reflect what is best for the community. DTSC is dedicated to working with all stakeholders to build and maintain a process that gives a voice to all participants and allows the public unfettered access to information. Our goal is to create an open and ongoing dialogue with stakeholders that allows for the exchange of ideas, comments and questions. Many changes will involve using newer and faster communication tools such as social networking, e-mail alerts and video. While electronic tools vastly improve access to information, community meetings and face-to-face discussions will always be a cornerstone of DTSC’s community outreach efforts.

If you have suggestions on this website or have questions, please contact Nathan Schumacher, DTSC Public Participation Specialist at (916) 255-3650; Toll free (866)495-5651, NSchumac@dtsc@dtsc.ca.gov

Community Survey

Community surveys allow DTSC to proactively seek public input into how we can better communicate and provide access to information. This information helped us to update our Kettleman Public Participation Plan, which outlines our strategy for community outreach. DTSC online surveys ask stakeholders for their preferred method of communication, the types of information they typically seek and the desired frequency of community interaction.


Fact Sheets

Fact sheets provide a quick summary of project activities, meeting schedules and upcoming opportunities for public involvement. Please see the project documents page of this website's Document Library for a copy of Kettleman documents.


DTSC Community Meetings

Informal community meetings such as workshops and open houses, provide an excellent opportunity to share ideas and hear what community members and stakeholders are saying. DTSC holds regular community meetings to review technical information, plans and data from site investigations. These scheduled meetings are generally held in the evenings in convenient locations within the community. Everyone is invited to attend.


Public Comment, Meetings, and Hearings

Formal public meetings and hearings to collect public comment on all reports and proposed actions are held as required. These publicly opened forums will be announced via e-mail alerts, fact sheets, on the Kettleman website and via public notices that are distributed through the mail.


DTSC will continue to seek your input on additional means of public involvement.