According to a recent announcement by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a new policy that becomes effective on August 15, 2009 will require GHG emissions to be included in New York’s environmental review of large-scale projects. The policy also provides guidance for DEC staff who consider GHG emissions and energy efficiency when conducting these reviews. Generally, the environmental reviews are conducted under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which requires that a “lead agency” identify and assess actions for their potential adverse environmental impacts and, in certain cases, develop an environmental impact statement and propose mitigation strategies.

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