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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Planning Ahead for Successful Funding of Your Priority Projects

Author: Sharon Lilla

While this year’s CFA deadline is fast approaching (applications are due August 12), advanced planning and the help of a consulting firm such as Barton & Loguidice will help improve the likelihood of success of your application next year.  While the process has been streamlined through an online application, what hasn’t changed is the amount of supporting documentation required (as is the case for most funding applications).

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Tips for a Surprise Regulatory Inspection

Both NYSDEC and USEPA conduct random inspections at facilities to ascertain your compliance with various regulatory programs. These inspections may be conducted by Department and Agency technical staff, enforcement officers or consultants. The inspections are typically focused to one regulatory area (e.g. petroleum bulk storage – underground tanks), but occasionally are broad spectrum.
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Asset Management Helps Communities Improve System Performance and Optimize Long-Term Funding Strategies

Managing an infrastructure system like a water or wastewater system or a transportation network is a delicate balancing act. At what point does it become more cost effective to replace a component rather than continue to maintain and repair it? There are inherent conflicting factors to manage, such as short-term versus long-term benefits, expenditures versus performance levels, planned and unplanned availability, or capital costs versus operating expenditures. An Asset Management program enables you to better manage critical infrastructure assets and ultimately, improve fiscal performance.
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