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May 2017

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Updates to Environmental Review Regulations

The DEC is currently proposing amendments to the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR). SEQR requires state and local government agencies to consider the environmental impacts of all actions that may be approved, funded, or undertaken. SEQR benefits the public in many ways and provides opportunities for the public to meaningfully participate in the state or local government decision-making process.
The proposed changes will streamline the environmental quality review process to make it more efficient without sacrificing environmental protection and community involvement. Potential changes include:

  1. Making scoping of Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEIS) mandatory.
  2. Requiring all Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) to include discussions of measures to avoid or reduce the environmental impacts that may contribute to climate change effects such as flooding.
  3. Expanding the number of actions that will require an EIS.
  4. Adding certain types of projects to the list of actions that do not require an environmental assessment or EIS.

For more information on SEQR, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/357.html
You can review the draft generic EIS, at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/83389.html.
More information can be found on DEC’s website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/83389.html

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