"..no segment of the population should, because of its racial or economic makeup, bear a disproportionate share of the risks and consequences of environmental pollution or be denied equal access to environmental benefits."
CTDEEP's Environmental Equity Policy, 1993
Environmental Justice Program
Environmental Equity Policy
EPA's Environmental Justice Program
EPA's Spanish website
Environmental Justice Public Participation
Effective January 1, 2009, section 22a-20a of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) (formerly Public Act 08-94), along with the Departmentís existing Environmental Justice Policy, requires applicants seeking a permit for a new or expanded "applicable facility" that is proposed to be located in an "environmental justice community," to file an Environmental Justice Public Participation Plan with and receive approval from the Department prior to filing any application for such permit. Refer to the following documents for the definitions of "applicable facility" and "environmental justice community" and guidance to comply with section 22a-20a CGS and the Environmental Justice Policy.
Environmental Justice Communities
Environmental Justice Public Participation Fact Sheet (PDF)
Environmental Justice Public Participation Plan ( Word Version , PDF Version )
The Environmental Justice Public Participation Guidelines (PDF)
Permit Checklist (PDF)
Permit Process Flowchart (PDF)