Proposed SEQRA Changes Streamline Process, Modify Action Lists

Comments on the Changes are Due May 19, 2017

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has proposed amendments to streamline the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process.This proposed update process builds on the modernization of the short and long environmental assessment forms (EAFs) that became effective in October 2013. Comments on the proposed changes are due by May 19, 2017.
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Endangered Species Update

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced in April 2015 that the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) is now considered a Candidate Species under the Endangered Species Act, and therefore must be addressed on any project funded, approved, or undertaken by a federal agency.
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Changes to SEQRA: What You Need to Know

Under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process (6 NYCRR Part 617), the environmental significance of all proposed actions must be considered by state and local government agencies whenever they are going to approve, fund, or directly undertake an action.  In most cases, completion of Environmental Assessment Forms (EAFs) will be required to determine whether proposed actions may have a significant adverse impact on the environment. 

You have probably heard by now that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has adopted new "Short" and "Full" Environmental Assessment Forms
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EPA Launches New Online Mapping Tool for Environmental Impact Statements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. When visiting the website, users can click on any state for a list of EISs, including information about the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of these projects.

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