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New York Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-NY)

In New York, major utility transmission facilities that require a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from the New York State Public Service Commission are not subject to New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR). Transmission lines that do not qualify as a major utility transmission facility may be subject to SEQR if they require discretional approvals from any state agency.

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New York Federal

Environmental Review Process: Major utility transmission facilities that require a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) from the New York State Public Service Commission are not subject to New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR). Transmission lines that do not qualify as a major utility transmission facility may be subject to SEQR if they require discretionary approvals from any state agency. New York Department of Environmental Conservation – SEQR Handbook at 35.
Environmental Review Process Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Review Threshold: All state and local government, unless otherwise exempt, must consider the impacts of their actions--where they have discretion to approve, fund, or directly undertake an activity--and balance these impacts with social and economic factors.
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.

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