About the DEC:
Chemical and pollution control is at the core of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) mission, to protect New York’s natural resources and our environment. Through the promotion of environmentally sound use of products, including chemicals and pesticides; environmental cleanup and monitoring programs; and effective laws and regulations, DEC enhances the health, safety and welfare of the people of New York.
There are many different sources that contribute to air pollution, which negatively affect public health and the environment. DEC carries out both the state and federal air pollution control and monitoring programs, which help control emissions of pollutants as well as measure and monitor ambient pollutant levels.
DEC regulates all aspects of hazardous waste management in the state, including: generators; transporters; and treatment, storage and disposal facilities. It includes the Used Oil Program and Universal Waste Program.
Water Pollution and Resource Protection
Water pollution happens when contaminants are released into water bodies. When these pollutants enter our lakes, rivers, estuaries and groundwater they can cause harm to the environment and to public health.