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This Web site is part of a federal computer system used to accomplish federal functions. Read the following important privacy and security information carefully.

Security Notice

October 31, 2000

This Web site is part of a federal computer system used to accomplish federal functions. The Department of Energy monitors this Web site for security purposes to ensure that it remains available to all users and to protect information in the system. By accessing this Web site, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities. Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, to use the system for other than intended purposes, to deny service to authorized users, to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information, or otherwise to interfere with the system or its operation are prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (Pub. L. 99-474) and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-294), (18 U.S.C. 1030), or other applicable criminal laws.

Privacy Notice

October 31, 2000

We collect no personal information about you when you visit a DOE Web site, unless otherwise stated and unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect and store certain information automatically. What we collect and store automatically is:

  • the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the domain from which you access the Internet (i.e. 123.456.789.012) whether yours individually or provided as a proxy by your Internet Service Provider (ISP),
  • the date and time you accessed our site,
  • the pages you peruse (recorded by the text and graphics files that compose that page),
  • and the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site.

We use the summary statistics to help us make our site more useful to visitors, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest to visitors, and for other purposes, such as determining the site's technical design specifications and identifying system performance or problem areas.

This information is NOT shared with anyone beyond the support staff to this home page except when required by law enforcement investigation, and is used only as a source of anonymous statistical information.

Comments Sent by E-mail

You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in an e-mail message containing your comments or questions. We use this information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. There are times when your message is forwarded, as e-mail, to other Department of Energy and/or Department of the Interior employees (or their contractors) who may be better able to help you.

Except for public comments on environmental impact statements (see "EIS Comments Sent by the Web or by E-Mail" below), or for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail with any other outside organizations.

EIS Comments Sent by the Web or by E-Mail

If you use the Public Comment Form on this Web site to provide a public comment on the Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Solar Energy Development Programmatic EIS), or send a Solar Energy Development Programmatic EIS public comment by e-mail, your comment and personal information you send with it may be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Energy and/or the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management or their contractors for processing, review, and/or response as part of the EIS process. Your comment may also be posted on a publicly available Web site. Personal information you submit with a public comment may also be posted with the comment on a publicly available Web site, unless you indicate at the time the comment is submitted that you do not wish to have your personal information made available as part of the public record. It is U.S. Department of the Interior policy that any information collected may be subject to disclosure, but will be handled in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act to ensure the greatest protection of personal privacy in the face of any required disclosure.

For More Information

For questions about this privacy/security notice please contact the Solar Energy Development Programmatic EIS Webmaster at: [email protected]