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New York State Environmental Law


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is the State agency responsible for many of New York's environmental measures.

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Introduction

Environmental law addresses human impacts on natural resources and the natural environment, including land, air, water, flora, and fauna.  Environmental law exists at local, state, national, and international levels. Often, Environmental laws seek to protect ecological interests through conservation, stewardship, responsibility, and sustainability measures. These laws also seek to balance the benefits of environmental protection against economic considerations.

In New York State, the Department of Conservation is the lead environmental agency, however, other agencies and government entities engage in tasks and rule making effecting the environment. Similarly, the legislative and judicial branches of the State's government also draft statutes and court decisions dealing with and impacting environmental issues.

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