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Part 3 - Statement of Significance

Short Environmental Assessment Form (SEAF)

Write a short summary explaining how you determined that the impact will or will not be significant. Also describe the reasons why you decided that one or more impacts are significant.

If you used a chart or checklist to organize your decisions as described in the previous page, you can use that to describe the impact(s), and your decisions about significance. Add this short summary to the space on the SEAF Part 3 form. See the example for a model Part 3 statement.

Identify Mitigations Included in the Project

After you have decided what impacts may or may not be significant, review the proposed action and identify methods that the project sponsor or applicant has included in the project design to avoid or reduce the identified impacts. Examples of mitigations could be changes to the size or location of the structure or of the disturbance, phasing of the project construction by time of day or season, or creation of a berm or fence to block noise or visual impacts.

Determine if an Environmental Impact Statement is Necessary

  • If one or more significant adverse environmental impacts have been identified, but the project includes mitigation to reduce or avoid it, then you may decide that an environmental impact statement is not necessary. If so, describe this reasoning in your Part 3 statement. Then, check the box stating that the proposed action will not result in any significant adverse environmental impact.
  • If one or more significant adverse environmental impacts identified in Part 3 are not mitigated, then you may decide that an environmental impact statement is required. If so, describe this reasoning in your Part 3 statement. The environmental impact statement will study and evaluate the resources and potential adverse impacts in more detail. If you decide that further study and evaluation is needed, then check the box stating that the proposed action may result in one or more potentially adverse impacts and that an environmental impact statement is required. The results of your analysis of Part 3 can also be used as a draft scope of topics to be discussed in the environmental impact statement.

Complete the form

  • Fill in the Lead Agency information at the bottom of Part 3
  • Sign and date the form
  • This completes this stage SEQR

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