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Public Notice

On January 2, 2002, the NYSDEC Environmental Justice Advisory Group, an independent committee appointed by the Department, submitted a report to DEC Commissioner Erin M. Crotty containing its recommendations for creating an effective environmental justice program. In preparing the report: Recommendations for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Program, the Advisory Group received considerable input from: interested citizens through a series of public meetings; DEC staff; the broad range of expertise and diverse view points of the Advisory Group members themselves.

NYSDEC will accept written comments on the report until February 22, 2002, and will also host a series of informal public meetings where citizens can comment on the report and make additional suggestions for creating an effective environmental justice program. The report and public comments will be reviewed by NYSDEC to determine appropriate legislative, regulatory and policy changes that can be implemented. Comments submitted in writing should be sent to: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1500; fax, 518-402-9018; or via e-mail, ej@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Para obtener la versión en español de esta noticia pública vaya a (To obtain a Spanish version of the public notice go to) www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ej/publicmtgs2spanish.html

Copies of the report may be obtained from the DEC website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ej/index.html or through DEC's Office of Environmental Justice at the above address, fax or e-mail; by calling 518-402-8556 or toll-free within New York State at 1-866-229-0497.

Public Meeting Schedule:

January 30, 2002 Albany, NY Community Room
(same address as Arbor Hill Env. Justice Corp.)
200 Henry Johnson Blvd.
Albany, NY
6:00 PM -
February 11, 2002 Rochester, NY City Hall
City Council Chamber (Room 302A)
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY
6:00 PM -
February 15, 2002 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Community Center
826 Euclid Avenue
Syracuse, NY
4:00 PM -
February 19, 2002 New York, NY 26 Federal Plaza
Federal Conf. Center, Room A, 6th Fl.
New York, NY
4:00 PM -

The meeting locations are reasonably accessible via public transportation and to persons with mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be available to deaf persons and non-English speaking persons, at no charge, upon written request to Monica Abreu Conley, Esq., Environmental Justice Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1500. Please make requests at least ten (10) business days prior to the date of the meeting.

Notice for the Ninth Annual NYS Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention

Applications are now available for the New York State Ninth Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention. The awards program was established to recognize pollution prevention efforts by NYS organizations. Applicants can compete in one of the three following categories: 1) facilities generating waste and pollution: small (100 or fewer employees), mid-size (more than 100 and fewer than 500 employees), or large (more than 500 employees) industrial, commercial or institutional facilities; federal, state and local governments; and educational institutions, 2) technical assistance providers: environmental, community and civic organizations; trade associations or other business/industry groups; federal, state and local governments, and educational institutions; and other public or private entities, and 3) continuous improvement: this category is for organizations that demonstrate a longer term commitment to pollution prevention and continue to develop and implement pollution prevention programs and achieve results. Nominations for awards will be made to Governor Pataki by the Department of Environmental Conservation based on recommendations from a selection committee.

Criteria to be considered for the applicants include: waste volume/toxicity reduction, overall environmental benefits, overall economic benefits, improvement in worker safety, innovations in technology, process or education program, level of management commitment, and transferability.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Presentation of the awards will be during the Fourteenth Annual Pollution Prevention Conference to be held in May 29-31, 2002 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany. The winners will be notified a week prior to the presentation of the awards. The deadline indicated in the brochure to apply for the awards is March 29, 2002. The application package is available through the DEC’s website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2gov.html.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards should contact Mr. Carlos Montes at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-8010, telephone (518) 402-9476, Fax (518) 402-9470, email clmontes@gw.dec.state.ny.us