1 W 4th St
Chester, PA 19013
The DEP is holding a listening tour regarding environmental justice. Areas in our region, such as Chester, have been significantly impacted by the waste and industrial facilities in that vicinity. More pipeline and development in Marcus Hook leaves many in our region feeling that they are “collateral damage”. This is an important opportunity for those who care and/or who are victims to be heard.
Here are the details:
May 23, 2017, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m
Chester City Hall Council Chambers, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013
May 25, 2017, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fairmount Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130
The session will focus on the following questions:
- What environmental justice concerns are most pressing in your community?
- Do you feel that the current definition of an environmental justice community (20% poverty and/or 30% minority) properly represents the needs of your community and the Commonwealth at large?
- Do you feel the DEP is engaged with marginalized communities to ensure that they have a voice in the decision making process? How can the DEP be more engaged with these communities?
- What tools have you used to find out information on DEP permitting/enforcement actions?
- What ways can the DEP be more effective at sharing information with the public?
- How can the DEP be more effective at receiving public input?
- What resource(s) is your community lacking that the DEP can provide that would assist in efforts to ensure environmental equity?
- What additional steps can be taken by the Department to effectively reach out to these vulnerable communities to ensure that their concerns are taken into consideration?