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New York Hydropower Environmental Review(9-NY)

In New York, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, or other “lead” agency, may need to conduct an environmental review of a proposed hydropower project, as required by the State Environmental Quality Review Act, if the hydropower project will not be subject to a FERC license or a FERC exemption.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Environmental Review: All state and local government actions including "projects or physical activities, such as construction or other activities that may affect the environment by changing the use, appearance or condition of any natural resource or structure...directly undertaken by an agency, involve funding by an agency, require one or more new or modified approval from an agency or agencies...agency planning and policy making activiities, and adoption of agency rules, regulations and procedures" must comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR). 6 CCR-NY § 617.2.
Environmental Review Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.