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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/25/2009

Public Notice

Commissioner Policy CP-42: Contact, Cooperation, and Consultation With Indian Nations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has issued Commissioner Policy CP-42, "Contact, Cooperation, and Consultation With Indian Nations." This policy will take effect on March 27, 2009.

CP-42 is a new NYS DEC policy that lays the groundwork for conducting relations with Indian Nations on a government-to-government basis. The policy identifies the protocols to be followed by NYS DEC staff in working with Indian Nations, and it endorses the development of cooperative agreements between NYS DEC and Indian Nations to address environmental and cultural resource issues of mutual concern. The policy calls for each Division and each Regional office to appoint a single point of contact for handling Indian Nation matters, and assigns oversight of the policy to NYS DEC's Office of Environmental Justice in the Office of General Counsel.

Copies of this Policy can be found on NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/333.html

Questions concerning this Policy may be directed to:

Jeffrey Gregg
NYS DEC - Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-1500
Phone: (518) 402-9155
Toll Free: 1-866-229-0497
Fax: (518) 402-9018
Email: jagregg@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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