The State Environmental Quality Review process (SEQR) ranks high on the list of New York’s regulatory burdens in a recently released report from the Senate Majority. A recent Empire Center blog post highlights how this supports the recent call to reform New York’s environmental planning review process.
The report, Streamlining SEQR, said SEQR “can be exploited to produce costly delays and uncertainty for the kind of job-creating projects New York desperately needs and identified needed reforms including the adoption of more concrete deadlines and a defined ‘scoping’ process to identify significant concerns with proposed developments.”
Read the full Empire Center blog post on their website or listen to Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs for The Business Council, and E.J. McMahon, president of The Empire Center, discuss the issue on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom.
In the interview, Pokalsky highlights The Business Council’s work on the issue over the years saying, “We are not asking to get rid of SEQR. We’re asking to make it work. We are not asking for changes in environmental standards but we are asking for a streamlining of the process.”