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EPA, DEC to initiate environmental justice listening tour around NY

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have launched a statewide Environmental Justice listening tour, starting with the first session in Niagara Falls on April 15. The initiative aims to foster community engagement and gather insights on improving environmental justice programs in New York.

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DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos emphasized the importance of addressing environmental issues in disadvantaged communities and stated the tour’s goal to enhance the health and well-being of marginalized New Yorkers. The listening tour is a collaborative effort to directly engage with communities affected by environmental pollution and climate change.

EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia highlighted the agencies’ commitment to listening to community concerns and working towards meaningful engagement. The sessions, which will be held at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, are designed to offer a platform for participants to discuss environmental challenges and opportunities for assistance with EPA and DEC experts. Future sessions are planned across the state in 2024 and 2025.