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State Environmental Quality Review Act - Proposed Amendments 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, Title 6 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR), Part 617). The principal purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.

The original proposal was notice in the February 8, 2017 edition of the State Register and Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period continued through May 19, 2017. The Department received approximately 250 separate comments. These comments were additive or overlapped the comments that the Department received at the four public hearings in Albany, New Paltz, Rochester and Hauppauge as well as separate informational sessions held in New Paltz, Rochester and Hauppauge. The full assessment of public comment can be found in the revised draft generic environmental impact statement (R-DGEIS), which is posted below. The R-DGEIS contains a text box in the summary that explains how to read the R-DGEIS to guide the reader in understanding the proposed changes.

The Department is seeking public comment on the proposed revisions to the express terms, which are identified in the accompany R-DGEIS. Comments on the proposed revisions to the original proposal may be submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, Attn: James J. Eldred, Environmental Analyst, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750 or by e-mail to: seqra617@dec.ny.gov. The Department has extended the comment period for an additional week through May 11, 2018.

As part of the revised proposal, the Department has proposed revisions to Part 1 of the Short Environmental Assessment Form and parts 1 and 2 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form. In these revised documents, text that is proposed to be deleted is shown in [brackets] and new proposed text is underlined. Parts 2 & 3 of the Short EAF and Part 3 of the Full EAF are not posted below as no changes to those Parts of the forms have been made.

Proposed Amendments to 6NYCRR Part 617, Revised Draft Express Terms (PDF) (232 KB)

Revised Draft GEIS and SAPA Impact Statements (PDF) (1.8 MB)

Proposed Amendments, Revised Full EAF Part 1 (PDF) (398 KB)

Proposed Amendments, Revised Full EAF Part 2 (PDF) (554 KB)

Proposed Amendments, Revised Short EAF Part 1 (PDF) (169 KB)

Public Hearing Transcript 3/31/17 Albany (PDF) (193 KB)

Public Hearing Transcript 4/6/17 New Paltz (PDF) (115 KB)

Public Hearing Transcript 4/13/17 Hauppauge (PDF) (49 KB)

Public Hearing Transcript 4/18/17 Rochester (PDF) (74 KB)

SEQR 2017 Proposed Amendments Fact Sheet (PDF) (46 KB)

SEQR 2017 Proposed Amendments Presentation (PDF) (55 KB)

Proposed Amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 617, Draft Express Terms (PDF) (140 KB)

Draft GEIS and SAPA Impact Statements (PDF) (563 KB)

Final Scope (PDF) for the GEIS on the 2012 Proposed Amendments to SEQR (73 KB)

Draft Scope (PDF) for the GEIS on the 2012 Proposed Amendments to SEQR (50 KB)

Notice of Intent (PDF) (19 KB)


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