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State Environmental Quality Review Act - Proposed Amendments 2017

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.

Although the DEC has not identified any potentially significant adverse environmental impacts that will result from the proposed amendments, the DEC has chosen to use a generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) to discuss the objectives and the rationale for the proposed amendments and provide opportunity for public participation. The DEC has also combined the GEIS with the impact statements required by the State Administrative Procedure Act to reduce duplication.

Comments on the proposed amendments 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:

Comments will be accepted until the close of business on May 19, 2017. E-mailed comments should be provided in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word document format.

The Department has scheduled to hold the following public hearings:
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017 - Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Room 129, Albany, NY

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Time: 6:00 PM
Location: NYS DEC Region 3 Headquarters, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Suffolk County Water Authority, 260 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Time: 6:00 PM
Location: RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY

The public can speak and or provide written comments at one of the public hearings. In addition, DEC will conduct public information sessions immediately prior to the start of the hearings scheduled for April 6, 13, and 18. The public information sessions will begin at 3:30 pm and end at 5:00 pm at the hearing locations listed for April 6, 13 and 18. The purpose of the public information sessions will be for DEC staff to answer questions regarding the amendments.

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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