Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention Guidance Documents
Division of Environmental Permits Program Policies
The Pollution Prevention Unit has prepared a number of guidance documents to provide pollution prevention tips that will help you to reduce your environmental impact. These documents also assist the regulated community to be in compliance with regulations that impact their business sector.
We also have guidance documents that will assist you in:
- applying for a New York Environmental Excellence Award
- applying to become a New York Environmental Leader, and
- developing and implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS)
Environmental Impact Assessment
The Environmental Impact Assessment in New York State web page contains information for practitioners and the general public relating to the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR; Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law). In addition to the SEQR regulations, the site provides links to documents that provide information on how impact assessments should be conducted. Many of the posted references are electronic versions of materials also available in hard copy. Some of the available documents address the formal steps in SEQR, for example, the SEQR Cookbook and SEQR Flow Chart and Time Frames. Others provide interpretation of SEQR's application in specific circumstances, for example, the SEQR Handbook, Local Official's Guide to SEQR, or Citizen's Guide to SEQR. Spanish versions of several of these basic SEQR references are also posted. Finally, several technical references provide advice on assessing or mitigating specific classes of impacts, such as policies on Assessing Visual Impacts and Assessing Noise Impacts, plus links to a range of stormwater management information.
Guidance for Applicants Seeking Permits Subject to the Uniform Procedures Act (UPA)
Information and guidance on obtaining permits under numerous regulatory programs of the Department are provided. Identification of permit jurisdictions, application content requirements, and Department review and decision making procedures are contained in publications and guidance materials. The procedural and substantive provisions of UPA are detailed in multiple publications and policies. See:
- Permit Profiles
- Applicant's Guides and Brochures
- Application Guidance for UPA Permits
- Policy Documents
60-Day Public Comment Period Begins on Proposed Commissioner Policy:
Environmental Audit Incentives Policy
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comment on a proposed commissioner policy entitled, Environmental Audit Incentive Policy. The public comment period begins today and extends through Monday, April 22, 2013.
Written comments can be sent anytime throughout the comment period to:
Office of General Counsel
Albany, NY 12233-1500
All comments must be submitted no later than April 22, 2013.
The policy encourages regulated entities to audit their operations and adopt effective approaches to prevent violations, including environmental management systems and pollution prevention, thereby improving compliance with environmental laws statewide and protecting public health and the environment. To support these actions, this Policy reduces or waives penalties for violations that are discovered and disclosed voluntarily, or discovered during pollution prevention or compliance assistance and encourages regulated entities to engage, during the ordinary course of business, in an environmental audit program. This Policy also identifies incentives for regulated entities to go "beyond compliance" by agreeing to evaluate and incorporate environmental management and pollution prevention into their systems.