Make Your Voice Heard: The Public Comment Period for Proposed Changes to NYS SEQRA Regulations is Open

DSC00120The Public Comment period for Proposed Changes to NYS SEQRA regulations is open until May 19, 2017. Make your voice heard!

NYSDEC has proposed new changes to the NYS SEQR law which governs environmental reviews of planned projects. While NYSDEC has characterized these changes as “modest”, and with the intent to “streamline the process”, some of them may adversely impact your proposed projects.

Per NYSDEC, these changes include:

  • Expanding the number of actions not subject to further review (known as Type II actions)
  • Modifying certain thresholds for actions deemed more likely to require the preparation of an environmental impact statement (known as Type I actions)
  • Making scoping of draft environmental impact statements (DEISs) mandatory
  • Making the acceptance procedures for DEISs more predictable

NYSDEC will hold a Public Hearing IN SUFFOLK COUNTY this Thursday, April 13, to solicit comments on the proposed regulations.

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM (note: In addition, NYSDEC will conduct a public information session immediately prior to the start of the hearing, which will begin at 3:30 pm and end at 5:00 pm)

Location: Suffolk County Water Authority, 260 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY

Additional details on the proposed SEQR amendments are available for review online at the following web page: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/83389.html

The proposed changes could significantly impact the environmental review process, so NYSDEC encourages all interested parties to attend the information meeting. If you have questions but cannot attend the meeting, call Walden at 516-624-7200.

If you wish to comment, you may do so by writing to:

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: seqra617@dec.ny.gov.

Written comments should be submitted in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format

Stay informed, and make your voice heard.

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