New York Environmental Impact Statement: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR): New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 8-0101 to 8-0117

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SEQR overview: 6 New York Code, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 617.1 to 617.20

Lead agency: 6 NYCRR 617.2(u)

Environmental Assessment Form (EAF): 6 NYCRR 617.2

Action classification:

Actions that may require an environmental impact statement (EIS): 6 NYCRR 617.4(b)

Actions that do not require an EIS: 6 NYCRR 617.5

Determining significance: 6 NYCRR 617.7

Negative declaration: 6 NYCRR 617.9(a)(5)

Conditioned negative declaration: 6 NYCRR 617.7(d)

Positive declaration: 6 NYCRR 617.2(ac)

EIS: 6 NYCRR 617.9

EIS content: 6 NYCRR 617.9(b)

Public hearing: 6 NYCRR 617.9(a)(4)

Final EIS: 6 NYCRR 617.9(b)(8)

Findings statement: 6 NYCRR 617.11

Environmental justice:

Electric generating facilities: 6 NYCRR 487.1 to 487.11

Regulatory Agency

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Environmental Permits

DEC Division of Environmental Justice

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) requires all state and local agencies to consider environmental impacts along with social and economic factors in all agency decision making. If the agency determines an action will have potentially significant environmental impact, an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required.

The National Environmental Protection Act's (NEPA) requirements apply to all federal projects in the state. See the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT for more information.

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