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DEC Releases Draft Policy for Evaluating and Averting Disproportionate Impacts of Permitting Actions on Disadvantaged Communities

28 Sep 2023 3:37 PM | Michael Lazo (Administrator)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of a new draft policy to implement environmental justice provisions of the historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). The proposed Division of Environmental Permits Policy "Permitting and Disadvantaged Communities (DEP-23-1)" is available for public comment until Nov. 27, 2023, and provides guidance in DEC's permitting processes for considering impacts and existing burdens on New York's most vulnerable communities.

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