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Environmental Justice is the fair and meaningful treatment of all people, regardless of race, income, national origin or color, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Environmental Justice allows for disproportionately impacted residents to access the tools to address environmental concerns across all of DEC's operations. Continue to watch this page for news and updates.

The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) works to address environmental issues and concerns that affect primarily low income and minority communities through grant opportunities, enforcement of environmental laws and regulations, consultation, guidance, and enhance public participation.

Environmental Justice Programs

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Updates and News

Climate Justice Working Group to Hold Public Hearing on October 19

​The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, to receive ​public comments on ​proposed amendments to the bylaws that pertain to the use of videoconferencing by the Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG). The ​proposed amendments to the bylaws would allow for Climate Justice Working Group members to attend ​public meetings via videoconference​, from a private location​, if extraordinary circumstances exist, provided that the physical quorum requirement is met. The proposed amendments to the CJWG by-laws (PDF).

Please be aware that the public comment period on the draft disadvantaged communities criteria is now closed and no comments on the criteria will be taken at this hearing. Members of the public who want to provide oral comments may attend either in person or join a virtual hearing. Members of the public are encouraged to pre-register for the meeting (leaves DEC's website).

When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 10:00 am | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Where: Via WebEx (leaves DEC's website)

Webinar Password: welcome1 (93526631 from phones)

Webinar Access Number: 2337 811 5375

Join by phone: +1-518-549-0500 US (English Menu)

Access code: 2337 811 5375

In Person: 625 Broadway, Conference Room 919 Albany, NY 12233

The Environmental Justice Report

Welcome to The Environmental Justice Report! The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) produces this newsletter to keep residents informed of initiatives within the agency that are important to the community.

Environmental Justice Hotline

Call and speak to Environmental Justice staff toll-free at: 1-866-229-0497

Contact Us about:

  • General Information on NYSDEC Environmental Justice Program
  • Environmental concerns and questions
  • Information on environmental laws, regulations, policies, permitting and enforcement related to Environmental Justice
  • Potential environmental violations in low income and/or minority areas
  • Grant opportunity information

Other DEC Hotline

  • ECO Hotline
    • 24-hour, toll free hotline for reporting environmental crimes and violations: 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267)
  • Spills Hotline
    • 24-hour, toll free hotline for reporting oil or chemical spills:
      1. 1-800-457-7362 (within NYS) or
      2. (518) 457-7362 (outside NYS)

Non-DEC Hotlines

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) (Leaves DEC website) Environmental Justice Hotline : 1-800-962-6215
    • Region 2 Offices (NY, NJ, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands): 1-212-637-4040

Federal Environmental Justice Programs

Other Information

More about Environmental Justice:

  • Operation ECO Quality - Current projects and information from the DEC Office of Environmental Justice to help residents of environmental justice communities and members of the general public in New York State
  • EJ Related Policy and Regulations - Commissioner Policy CP-29 provides guidance for incorporating environmental justice concerns into the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) environmental permit review process, the DEC application of the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and some aspects of the DEC's enforcement program, grants program and public participation provisions.
  • Environmental Justice Grant Programs - Provides grants from $2,500 to $50,000 to community-based organizations for research and education projects that address multiple environmental harms and risks.
  • Maps & Geospatial Information System (GIS) Tools for Environmental Justice - Links to Geographic Information System (GIS) Tools for environmental justice information
  • Green Infrastructure - Links to Environmental Justice programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, several states, and some national non-profit organizations
  • Diversity Resources in the Outdoors, Science, & Environmental Justice - resources to explore more voices and wider points of view in the Outdoors, Science, and Environmental Justice