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SECTION 48-0107
Powers and duties
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 48
§ 48-0107. Powers and duties.

The advisory group shall have the power and duty to:

1. adopt a model environmental justice policy applicable generally to
state agencies that engage in activities or operations that may have a
significant effect on the environment, including but not limited to
through the adoption of rules and regulations, issuance of permits,
acquisition or maintenance of property, or approval, funding or
undertaking of projects. Such policy shall be adopted not later than one
year after the effective date of this article. The advisory group shall
develop the model policy in consultation with representatives of
minority and low-income communities, regulated parties, the
environmental justice interagency coordinating council and other state
agencies and the public and shall hold a public hearing thereon in each
judicial department. Notice of such hearings and notice of the adoption
of the model policy shall be published in the state register;

2. make recommendations to the governor, legislature and state
agencies on measures to improve such policies;

3. provide comments on any proposed rule, regulation or policy of a
state or federal agency related to environmental justice;

4. conduct public hearings with respect to any matter within the scope
of its functions, powers and duties; and

5. adopt, amend and repeal by-laws governing its organization and
operation.