Environment Committee Update

January 31, 2011
Staff contact: Darren Suzarez

New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report

Comments due Monday February 7.

DEC Files Part 231 revisions with the Department of State as an Emergency Rulemaking


Adopted December 29, 2010 this rule incorporates the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) May 16, 2008 and October 20, 2010 NSR final rules for the regulation of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers (PM-2.5) and incorporates conforming provisions to EPA's June 3, 2010 NSR final rule for the regulation of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) under its PSD and Title V programs, also known as the "GHG Tailoring Rule."

DEC Environmental Assessment Forms

The Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing amendments to its Environmental Assessment Forms, which are used in determining potential environmental significance under the state’s environmental quality review act (SEQRA), to require consideration of factors such as environmental justices, energy efficiency/climate change, “smart growth,” pollution prevention and other “emerging environmental issues.” The Business Council’s Environment Committee will be reviewing and commenting on this proposal. Comments on the Full and Short EAF and supporting documents will be accepted by NYS DEC until close of business, February 18, 2011.