The courts issued 55 decisions in 2012 under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).1 As this annual survey shows, especially important decisions concerned the necessity of supplemental environmental impact statements (EISs), and the relationship of SEQRA to various federal laws.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was also busy. On Jan. 15, 2012, DEC adopted revised short and full environmental assessment forms, which are used in determining whether full EISs are needed. The new forms become effective on Oct. 7, 2013. They will be accompanied by workbooks and by an updated web-based geographic information system search engine to help find spatial information.
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Michael B. Gerrard,
Survey of 2012 Cases Under State Environmental Quality Review Act,
N.Y.L.J., July 11, 2013
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