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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Money is Still Available from the E-Waste Reimbursement Grants

Author: Luann Meyer
Did you miss the opportunity this past fall to submit your expenses for electronic wastes to the NYSDEC for reimbursement?  Good news – only $1.2 million in grant requests were received in October, leaving almost $1.8 million available for a second chance opportunity for municipalities. DEC will accept applications for second chance opportunity funding from January 2 through January 31, 2017. The funding is available for up to 50% of a municipalities e-waste expenses. 
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Designing for Nature - Designing for Play

Nature play is not just children playing in nature but children engaging with nature. Urbanization, changing lifestyles and proliferation of technology are dramatically impacting how children play, learn and grow.  Opportunities for unstructured free play in living environments have become scarce for many families.  Being immersed in flora and fauna instills a sense of beauty and tranquility while igniting curiosity and exploration.  When natural systems are incorporated into design, children connect to different types of ecosystems—promoting play, learning and exploration.

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NYSDEC Reviews Proposed Part 360 Comments at Solid Waste Conference

Summary and revised regulations targeted for April 2017 release

If you have been following the proposed changes to New York’s 6 NYCRR Part 360 solid waste management regulations, you are aware that the public comment period on the draft regulations closed on September 13, 2016.  On October 3rd, 2016 at the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) Fall Conference, the NYSDEC Regulatory Team provided a summary of the comments received, some insight on possible revisions, and a possible timeline for issuance of the final regulations.
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NY Public Schools are Now Required to Test and Report on Lead in their Drinking Water

Here are some resources to help you comply -

Author: John Benson
Now that schools are in full swing, public school districts are being instructed that they must perform lead testing on all drinking water outlets by September 30th for schools with K-5 students, and by October 31st for schools with students in grades 6-12. Governor Cuomo signed the law yesterday, which requires if an outlet tests above 15 parts per billion, use of that outlet must be terminated and a remediation plan put into place.
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