Office of Environmental Justice
What is Environmental Justice?
Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Environmental justice efforts focus on improving the environment in communities, specifically minority and low-income communities, and addressing disproportionate adverse environmental impacts that may exist in those communities.
Environmental Justice Mailing List
Sign up for email notices
If you would like to receive e-mail notices from the Office of Environmental Justice about EJ-related funding opportunities, initiatives and other news from DEC, first use this link to subscribe by entering your e-mail address. Fill in and submit the requested information on the "New Subscriber" page.
This will take you to the "Quick Subscription" page where you will see all the topics that you can receive email updates on from DEC. Scroll to the "Prevent and Control Pollution" category and check the box next to "Environmental Justice." You will receive a welcome email from DEC confirming your subscription(s).
Regulations in 6 NYCRR Part 487 on Environmental Justice Analysis for Siting of Electric Generation Facilities
The Department has adopted regulations in 6 NYCRR Part 487 to establish a regulatory framework for undertaking an analysis of environmental justice (EJ) issues associated with the siting of power plants pursuant to Article 10 (Article 10) of the Public Service Law. For more information about Part 487 go to the Part 487 Summary Page.
Please Note: The purpose of this office is to serve the environmental needs of minority and low-income communities. It is not intended for general environmental inquiries unrelated to the issues of Environmental Justice. Please consult the list of phone numbers and addresses for DEC programs to determine appropriate DEC contacts.