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Environmental Justice Work Group Reports

Report Summaries

Ninety day written public comment period ended March 15, 2005

Report of the Disproportionate Adverse Environmental Impact Analysis Work Group (PDF file, 127.3 Kb)
The principles of environmental justice include the premise that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences. Additionally, Executive Order 12898, which directs federal agencies to address environmental justice, specifies that these agencies shall identify and address disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects. However, to date, the terms disproportionate and disproportionately high have not been defined. The Disproportionate Adverse Environmental Impact Analysis Work Group (DAEIA), chaired by DEC staff, Michelle Moore, Permit Analyst 3, Region 2, was asked to develop recommendations for conducting a disproportionate adverse environmental impact analysis as a component of the environmental impact statement. The DAEIA work group report summarizes six methodologies that were discussed during the work group's deliberation, makes recommendations for a permit specific analysis, and lists the additional tools and resources that will further the development of a disproportionate adverse environmental impact analysis.

Report of the Health Outcome Data Work Group (PDF file, 566 Kb, 70 pages)
Environmental justice assessments consider the human health effects of environmental impacts. To help identify these effects, the Health Outcome Data Work Group (HOD) was asked to identify reliable sources of existing human health outcome data and recommended means to incorporate such data into the environmental permit review process. The HOD Work Group was chaired by Nancy Kim, Ph.D., Director, Division of Environmental Health Assessment, New York State Department of Health. Health outcome data are counts and rates of health-related events in a population, such as cases of disease or deaths. The data do not indicate what is causing a particular disease; however, a population with a lower health status may be more vulnerable to the effects of environmental exposures. The HOD work group report includes protocols for gathering health outcome data and displaying such data within the context of the DEC permit review process. The HOD report recommends the following health outcomes in environmental justice assessments: respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, perinatal health and lead-related data. Through the use of various comparisons and tabulations, the health outcome data will provide DEC with a health report card comparing one community's health to the health of other geographic areas. This data gathering and reporting will be the primary responsibility of the permit applicant.

Copies of the reports may be downloaded from the links at the top of this page. Written copies of the reports may be obtained from:

DEC Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway, 14th Floor
Albany, New York 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 DEC received comments on the Work Group Reports for a 90 days period ending March 15, 2005. The reports and the public comments generated in response to the reports will form the basis for enhancements to DEC policy on environmental justice. The written comments and DEC Responsiveness Summary are available in PDF form through the links at the top of this page. Copies of the comments and Responsiveness Summary can also be obtained from the DEC Office of Environmental Justice at the address and phone numbers listed above.


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