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Environmental Justice Advisory Group Recommendations Report

The Environmental Justice advisory Group Recommendations Report was submitted to the NYSDEC Commissioner on January 2, 2002, by the Environmental Justice Advisory Group (Advisory Group), an independent committee appointed by the NYSDEC to provide recommendations on matters related to environmental justice.

The recommendations in this report focus on the environmental permit process and were intended to ensure NYSDEC's programs are open and responsive to environmental justice concerns. There are additional recommendations unrelated to permitting included in the report.

Printed copies of the report may be obtained from:

NYSDEC Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway, 14th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1500
Phone: 518-402-8556 or toll free within NYS 1-866-229-0497
FAX: 518-402-9018
e-mail: justice@dec.ny.gov

The report may also be accessed by using the link in the right column of this page.

DEC received public comments on the report through February 22, 2002, and held five public meetings on the report in 2002. The report and public comments were reviewed by DEC to determine appropriate legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could be implemented to further environmental justice. A large number of stakeholders provided valuable written comments on the report. These comments and meeting transcripts are available in PDF format by clicking on the link in the right column of this page. Copies of the comments can also be obtained by contacting the DEC Office of Environmental Justice at the address and phone numbers listed above.