State Environmental Quality Review Act Services (SEQRA) Services
In New York State, essentially every action by a municipal or State agency requires compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, commonly called SEQRA, and triggers the need for an environmental assessment. SEQRA is a procedural regulatory requirement that requires the consideration of potential environmental impacts associated with proposed actions, as early as practicable in the planning process. Some actions are so trivial or inconsequential that they are classified as “Type II” actions and require no further consideration under SEQRA, while other actions, like the siting of a large chemical manufacturing facility or a power plant, are “Type I” actions that usually require the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Some of C.T. Male Associate’s typical project types include:
1. Providing SEQRA services/knowledge to a Planning Board or Town Board as a client and assisting them with the technical review of a large or complex project. Fees for this work are paid by the Applicant and not the municipal entity. Some projects where we have been involved in this capacity include the Lost Lake Resort Project in the Town of Forestburgh, the CPV Valley Energy and Brookfield Recycling Projects in the Town of Wawayanda, and the Clinton County Landfill.
2. Providing SEQRA compliance services to a private company or utility that wants to develop or permit a project. Our work scope could include a strategy for a “quick decision” utilizing a Negative Declaration of Environmental Significance—in this instance we would take the approach of providing an expanded environmental assessment report along with Part 1 of a Full Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) to substantiate a Negative Declaration. In other instances, especially for larger, complex or controversial projects (e.g., landfills, power plants, large manufacturing facilities), a common approach is to do a DEIS with an initial application. Generally a 6-9 month period is anticipated at a minimum to complete the DEIS process, which includes a 30-day public review period. Our most notable projects of this type include the Luther Forest Technology Campus, Harriman Campus Redevelopment, Spurlock Adhesives, Target Distribution Center and Ace Hardware.