The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the first major update to State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) regulations in more than two decades.
On January 1, 2019, the updates to the SEQR will take effect.
The intent is to streamline the SEQR process while making sure the required environmental reviews continue to effectively assess the potential impacts of proposed projects.
The update increases the list of Type II actions which are defined by SEQR and do not require further environmental review. The updated regulations also consider recent developments such as climate change, sea level rise, and flooding. Examples of Type II actions to be added include:
List taken from https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/114048.html.
After the proposed regulations were released in 2017, meetings and informational sessions were conducted and public comments were submitted by parties that would be impacted by the proposed changes. The DEC considered all of the comments and feedback when finalizing the SEQR updates.
Walden Environmental Engineering will post further updates as the new SEQR regulations are implemented. The final rules will be available July 18th on DEC’s website. In addition, DEC will provide workshops to inform lead agencies on the new regulatory changes that take effect on January 1, 2019.
For more information, call Walden at 516-624-7200.