« State Department of Taxation and Finance Releases Guidance Memo Concerning Recent State Law Extending Tax Exemptions for Alternative Fuels | Main | Governor Cuomo Signs Nine-Month Extension of Tax Credits Under Brownfield Cleanup Program »

DEC Issues Final Rule Creating Model Forms for Conducting Environmental Assessments Under SEQRA


On September 5, 2012, DEC published a final rule that creates two model forms for conducting environmental assessments under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

The new forms, which take effect April 1, 2013, will be used by state agencies in assessing the environmental significance of their actions under SEQRA. The rule establishes a new short form and a new full environmental assessment form (EAF) for projects with a significant environmental impact.

According to DEC, the full form has not been revised since 1978, while the short form has not been revised since 1987.

The forms now include consideration of emerging environmental issues such as climate change, and have been changed to better address planning, policy, and local legislative actions, which can have greater impacts on the environment than individual physical changes.

The questions on the new forms have been simplified and streamlined to eliminate redundancies and unnecessary complexity. In addition, the short form and the full form have been made more consistent so both forms use the same method of analysis.

According to the final rule, if an impact is judged to be not present or small, no further analysis is required. If the lead agency determines that an impact may be moderate to large, then it must explain the impact as being not significant or significant.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

About

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on September 11, 2012 2:24 PM.

The previous post in this blog was State Department of Taxation and Finance Releases Guidance Memo Concerning Recent State Law Extending Tax Exemptions for Alternative Fuels.

The next post in this blog is Governor Cuomo Signs Nine-Month Extension of Tax Credits Under Brownfield Cleanup Program.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.