By SILE MOLONEY
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), announced Thursday, July 7 the extension of the public comment period for the draft disadvantaged communities criteria. submitting comments has been extended until August 5.
New York’s Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG), comprised of representatives from environmental justice groups across the state and representatives from several state agencies, developed the draft Community Identification Criteria Disadvantaged, which was released for public review and comment in March. The state held a total of 11 public hearings: four in-person hearings and seven virtual hearings, as well as three public education sessions, on the draft criteria.
All New Yorkers are encouraged to provide their input on the criteria that officials believe will help advance environmental justice and guide climate programs and projects aimed at reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse effect that alter the climate, to provide opportunities for economic development and to target clean energy and energy efficiency. investments.
To view the draft criteria, list and interactive map of disadvantaged communities, visit the Climate Act website. Written comments may be submitted through August 5, via the online public comment form, by email to [email protected], or via US Mail Attn: Draft DAC Comments, NYS DEC , Attn. Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, 14e Floor, Albany, NY 12233.
Visit the Climate Act website for more information on the criteria and for more information on the Climate Justice Task Force.