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EJ Related Policy and Regulations

Environmental Justice Policies and Regulations


  • Commissioner Policy 29 (CP-29) provides guidance for incorporating environmental justice concerns into DEC environmental permit review process and the DEC application of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR).
  • Commissioner Policy 42 (CP-42) provides guidance to Department staff concerning cooperation and consultation with Indian Nations on issues relating to protection of environmental and cultural resources within New York State.

Map of Indian Nations Areas of Intrest


  • Part 487 Analyzing Environmental Justice Issues in Siting of Major Electric Generating Facilities Pursuant to Public Service Law Article 10 (6 NYCRR 487 (link leaves DEC website)) creates a regulatory agenda to start analyzing environmental justice issues related to the siting of a major electric generating facility in New York State, in accordance with Article 10 of the Public Service Law, enacted in the Power NY Act of 2011 (Ch. 388, L 2011).
    • This regulation is intended to:
      1. Enhance public participation and the review of environmental impacts from proposed major electric generating facilities in environmental justice communities, and
      2. Reduce disproportionate environmental impacts in overburdened communities
    • This regulation is not intended to create any right to judicial review involving compliance issues