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DEC and EPA September Meetings 

Toxic Chemicals In Children's Products - Virtual Public Meeting

DEC is holding an additional virtual public meeting on September 15, 2021 to present and discuss the chemicals under consideration for listing as Chemicals of Concern and High Priority Chemicals and their practical quantification limits. DEC will also re-present select topics from the previous public meeting as some details have changed in response to feedback received. Those who wish to attend this virtual public meeting need to register. For those who are not able to attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted here after.

Date: September 15, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Webex

Presentations on:

  • Chemicals of Concern
  • High Priority Chemicals
  • Practical Quantification Limits
  • Updates to Previously Presented Information
  • Required information
  • Frequency of Reporting
  • How fees will be structured
  • Retailer notice

DEC will hold a 30-day public comment period immediately following this meeting to allow stakeholders to provide more detailed, written comments on the proposed chemicals and their practical quantification limits. Such comments should be submitted via email. 

Join Us for the Next Climate Justice Working Group Meeting 

The Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG) will meet on Friday, September 17th at 1 p.m. to discuss criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities. The CJWG is comprised of representatives from environmental justice communities statewide, including three members from New York City communities, three members from rural communities, and three members from urban communities in upstate New York, as well as representatives from the state departments of Environmental Conservation, Health, Labor, and NYSERDA.

CJWG is tasked with establishing criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities for the purposes of co-pollutant reductions, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, regulatory impact statements, and the allocation of investments pursuant to the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

This meeting will not include any voting or officials action but include presentations on mapping analysis and will be conducted by teleconference. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the meeting via webcast.

When: Friday, September 17, 2021 1 p.m. EST

Where: Join the Webex meeting   

Audio: Dial 1-518-549-0500; Access code: 161 299 3835

Additional Information: This meeting will also be recorded and posted on the Climate Act website within three days, or as soon as practicable.

Join the September National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls – September 28, 2021 at 2-4 p.m. EST

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites Environmental Justice (EJ) advocates to participate in the next National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls on September 28, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time). These calls are free and open to the public.

EPA has increased the frequency of these engagement calls to every other week to learn more from stakeholders and communities and to provide updates about ongoing initiatives. See the calendar for upcoming calls, register for upcoming calls, and view meeting materials for past calls. 

The purpose of these calls is to inform the community and other stakeholders about EPA's EJ work and enhance opportunities to maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. As environmental justice continues to be integrated into EPA programs, policies, and activities, the Agency hopes these calls will help reaffirm EPA’s continued commitment to work with community groups and other stakeholders to strengthen local environmental and human health outcomes.

Send an email to request reasonable accommodation for a disability or interpreter services in a language other than English, so that you can participate in the call and/or to request a translation of any of the event documents into a language other than English.

For more information about the National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls, please email Robinson.Victoria@epa.gov or Motilall.Christina@epa.gov.

Visit EPA's website for more information.