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A common reference is made to SEQR at Town Meetings.  This is the State Environmental Quality Review Regulations.  The Purpose of SEQR is to incorporate the consideration of environmental factors into the existing planning, review and decision making processes of State, regional, and local government.  Environment means land, air, water, noise, plants and animals, archeological, historical, aesthetics, transportation, energy, growth and character of community. 

Citizen's have an important role in the process by raising awareness of the impacts of a proposed action.  Please contact us if you need our assistance. Below is the sort of Q&A available from the SEQR Handbook:

When there is a hearing on a draft EIS, how can a member of the public comment effectively?

Commenting on the draft EIS is a valuable way for state or local agencies and the public to have direct input into the decision making process. This agency and public input can be particularly helpful to the lead agency in determining whether impacts on resources outside the lead agency's fundamental jurisdictions and expertise have been adequately addressed. Agencies should focus their comments on topics which relate to their functions or expertise. The following guidelines are good practice by anyone making comments:

·         Focus on major issues. 

·        If oral comments are made at a hearing, back them up with written comments covering at least the main points made at the hearing. (Remember that the record must remain open for at least ten days after the close of a hearing for submission of additional written comments.)

·         Consider whether studies conducted and other sources cited are adequate to support the analyses and conclusions reported in the draft EIS. If there are deficiencies in the discussions of potential impacts, alternatives or mitigation, the commenter should identify those, and may suggest additional or more appropriate studies or sources to augment the deficient discussions.

·         Give careful attention to the comparative assessment of alternatives presented in the draft EIS, and offer additional reasonable alternatives, if they can be identified by the commenter.

·         Review all mitigation measures which are analyzed, and suggest additional reasonable measures to reduce adverse environmental impacts, if they can be identified by the commenter. 

Click below for more information on SEQR

 New York State-D.E.C. SEQR:

Environmental Impact Assessment: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/357.html

SEQR Handbook:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6188.html

SEQR Forms: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6191.html

Citizen's Guide to SEQR Process (2 pages): http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_ej_operations_pdf/seqrcitizen.pdf

Flow Chart and Summary of SEQR: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_ej_operations_pdf/cookbook1.pdf

 

For more information, go to the N.Y.S.-D.E.C. website at:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/

More information coming soon......


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