We Need Your Help to Strengthen Protections for EJ Communities

Posted Apr 12, 2022, by Tonya Yoders

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The DEP Office of Environmental Justice’s (OEJ”) draft Environmental Justice Policy (“Policy”) is open for public comment. This draft Policy is intended to expand and improve the existing EJ Policy which has been in effect since 2004. The goal of this policy is to lay out a framework that the DEP can use to promote community engagement for environmental justice communities in the permitting process. We need your help in sending a letter to the Office of Environmental Justice to ensure our communities have meaningful involvement in the decisions which affect our environment, health, and safety.


  • Tonya Yoders

    Tonya Yoders (she/her) has been a lifelong resident of Greene County. She has always worked within that community and with the people who live there. She has a background in pharmacy, direct support for adults with disabilities, and legal assisting but found CCJ through the organization’s social justice work in 2020. She became a CCJ board member that year, then joined the team full time as a Community Organizer in 2022. Tonya is looking forward to helping find solutions for the decreasing population in Greene County. She is excited to work with the people there to build an inclusive, economically diverse, and healthy environment for families to continue enjoying the round hills and country life that it is known for. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and hanging out with her cat, Leia. Contact Tonya at tonya@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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