Key States Move To Include Cumulative Impacts In Environmental Permits

January 20, 2023
Two more states have taken steps to consider cumulative impacts in permitting decisions in efforts to address environmental justice (EJ) and civil rights, with New York enacting an EJ law that requires regulators to weigh such impacts in permits while Massachusetts has proposed a permitting rule requiring assessments of such impacts. Both actions took place late last year and are attracting significant attention. The New York law is modeled after a first-in-the-nation New Jersey EJ law for which the state’s...

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