Take Action To Give Our Communities From Harlem To Hollis A Voice In Permitting Decisions

May 8, 2024

While the New York State Cumulative Impacts law we passed in 2022 focuses on the granting of permits, the Enhanced Public Participation Act (S.2510A/A.6584A).

The Enhanced Public Participation Act focuses on community input and participation, requiring applicants for major polluting projects looking to the site in or near a disadvantaged community to submit an enhanced public participation plan for community engagement.

“… voices are marginalized or outright ignored …”

People living in communities of color and low income have historically been shut out of this process when polluting facilities are being placed in their neighborhoods. And even when we hear about such a project, our voices are marginalized or outright ignored.

The Enhanced Public Participation Act is a critical addition to the Cumulative Impacts law, ensuring that strong comprehensive plans are in place to secure meaningful environmental justice community input on new projects.

You can make this the law in New York State by asking legislators to support the Enhanced Public Participation Act and make sure it is brought to a vote before the 2024 legislative session ends on June 6, 2024.

“… bring Enhanced Public Participation to a vote!

Not sure what to say, or even who your state legislators are? We’ve got you covered! Use this form to automatically send a pre-drafted letter (or customize it, if you prefer) urging them to bring Enhanced Public Participation to a vote! 


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