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DEP Announces Public Comment Meetings Series for Interim Final PA Environmental Justice Policy



Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)'s Office of Environmental Justice announced today the dates of a series of public comment meetings for Pennsylvanians to attend and share feedback on DEP's Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy. The goal of these meetings is to engage Pennsylvanians in shaping environmental justice policy for communities across the Commonwealth.


The public comment period began on September 16th, 2023 and extends through October 29th, 2023. This allows enough time for interested individuals, stakeholders, and organizations to provide input on this critical policy.


DEP has organized seven in-person public comment meetings and two statewide virtual public comment meetings across Pennsylvania to ensure broad participation and help DEP foster environmental justice in Pennsylvania. They provide a platform for the public to raise thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding the policy.


The schedule for these hearings is as follows:


Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This meeting is virtual only – visit for registration details.


Ranshaw, PA

Thursday, October 12, 2023

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Brady Fire Company (Banquet Hall)

700 Maple Street, Ranshaw, PA 17866


Scranton, PA

Monday, October 16, 2023

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

University of Scranton, Loyola Science Center

100 Linden Street, Room 133, Scranton, PA 18510


Erie, PA

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Erie Center for Arts & Technology, Ada Lawrence Community Room

650 East Avenue, Erie, PA 16503


Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

North Side Institution GOGIC, Banquet Hall

302 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Harrisburg, PA

Thursday, October 19, 2023

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

YMCA Camp Curtin

2135 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110


Chester, PA

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ACCESS Community Center

701 Booth Street, Chester, PA 19013


Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Virtual – Visit for registration details.


Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, October 26, 2023

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Drexel University | Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery, Main Building, Third Floor

3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


To register for any of these public comment hearings and to find additional information about the Interim Final PA Environmental Justice Policy, please visit the webpage.


For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's website, or follow DEP on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.


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