What is this environmental review process?

The project is subject to the State Environmental Quality Review Act Process (SEQRA), and based on the New York State air permit modifications required, it is anticipated that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will act as Lead Agency. USPowerGen plans to complete a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to fully assess the impacts associated with the project and to provide for meaningful community involvement. Because the project is in New York City, the project must also comply with the City Environmental Quality Review Process (CEQR) which builds on the State process and focuses on City issues and City permits. CEQR requires review by the City Department of Environmental Protection and mandates a “scoping” period in which the public has input into what impacts must be studied as part of the EIS process. The entire review process includes opportunities for significant public participation as further discussed in Attachment E of the Environmental Assessment Form found in the documents section of this website.

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