The Public Participation Plan (PPP) is a document prepared by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) in compliance with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Commissioner Policy-29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29).
The purpose of the PPP is to address environmental justice concerns and provide opportunities for public participation in the NYSDEC environmental permit review process by potentially impacted communities. Specifically, the PPP provides information on the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit application process for dewatering during construction activities.
The Plan describes the proposed processes for the public outreach and information program that is being developed to facilitate understanding of and participation in the SPDES permit application process. For the purposes of the PPP, the environmental justice area is defined in accordance with NYSDEC county maps (2000 census data). To fully engage all potentially affected publics, the PPP for the SPDES dewatering permit expands outreach, notification and opportunities for participation to communities in the entire project area.