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State Environmental Quality Review Act - Adopted Amendments 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announces the adoption of revisions to the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.

Among other changes, DEC has adopted amendments to the Type I and Type II lists of actions, as well as the scoping and acceptance procedures for draft environmental impact statements. DEC has also modernized the regulations related to web publication of documents. These changes are the first major amendments to the SEQR regulations that DEC made since 1996.

DEC initially noticed its proposal along with the availability of a combined Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement and SAPA statement in the February 8, 2017 editions of both the State Register and Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period continued through May 19, 2017. In response to the many comments received, DEC modified the proposal and noticed a revised proposal along with the availability of a Revised Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement in the April 4, 2018 editions of both the State Register and Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period continued through May 11, 2018, during which the Department received approximately 31 comments in response to the revised proposal. Comments were assessed and responded to in the FGEIS which the Department accepted on June 13, 2018. On June 27, 2018, DEC issued a Findings Statement and formally adopted the rule, which will become effective on January 1, 2019.

The Final Express Terms of the revisions, along with the Findings Statement, FGEIS and other key regulatory documents leading up to the FGEIS may be downloaded from the links set out below.

These documents are also available at the NYS DEC Central Office, located at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233. Contact: James Eldred; E-mail: SEQRA617@dec.ny.gov; Phone (518) 402-9167.

Findings Statement 2018 Amendments to 6NYCRR Part 617 (PDF, 436 KB)

Final Express Terms 2018 Amendments to 6NYCRR Part 617 (PDF, 100 KB)

Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) (PDF, 1.9 MB)

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, 73 KB) for the GEIS on the 2012 Proposed Amendments to SEQR

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

Notice of Intent (PDF, 19 KB)


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