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News from the Office of Environmental Justice

Congratulations to the 23 awardees of the Community Air Screening Program

The Community Air Screening Program is a community-based program that works with volunteers from local communities to screen for toxic air pollutants in order to begin to address some local air quality concerns. The goal of the Community Air Screen program is for community groups and citizens to partner with DEC to collect local-scale air samples. Applications to participate in the program were accepted until May 24, then reviewed through a formal scoring process. Of the 42 applications received, 23 applications were selected statewide. For more information please go to the Community Air Screening Program Page.

Public Comment Period has Closed for Proposed Environmental Justice Regulations in 6 NYCRR Part 487 on Siting of Major Electric Generating Facilities

The DEC Office of Environmental Justice and Office of General Counsel have completed their review of the public comments that have been submitted for the proposed Environmental Justice regulations in 6 NYCRR Part 487 for the reauthorized Public Service Law Article 10 on Siting of Major Electric Generating Facilities. Thank you to everyone who sent in comments on these important proposed regulations. For more information go to the Part 487 Summary Page.

Congratulations to the 24 recipients of the 2011 Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

A wide variety of projects will be supported this year, including community gardens and green infrastructure, air and water quality monitoring, waste recycling in public housing, lead poisoning prevention, building deconstruction and recycling of an urban aquaponics facility and environmental education for urban and Native American youth. All new grant recipients will receive award letters by mail. For more information about the grant awards, please visit our Environmental Justice Grant Page.