Revised CEQR Manual

March 18, 2021

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Revised CEQR Manual

The New York City CEQR (City Environmental Quality Review) Manual was revised in 2020, the first time in 6-years. The following is s portion of the forward to the revised manual:

"The CEQR Technical Manual was initially written in 1993, soon after procedural changes were made to the City's environmental review process. It was then revised in 2001, 2010, 2012, and 2014. The November 2020 Edition is the result of a thorough review and update performed by the City's technical agencies under the supervision of the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination.

While striving to maintain the highest technical and scientific standards, the edition is also intended to be user-friendly, particularly for smaller entities and the public, while ensuring a more efficient and predictable process for all participants. This November 2020 edition reflects changes in laws and regulations, and corrects and clarifies portions of the CEQR Technical Manual'.

The following is a link to the new manual: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/oec/environmental-quality-review/technical-manual.page There is a tab that links to a list of the changes, however, there are no details provided.

Equity staff have reviewed the revised manual and will be providing detailed comments about the impact of the changes in the next Equity newsletter.

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NJDEP Regulatory Changes

Regulatory Timeframes

In the spirit of keeping our clients updated regarding regulatory changes, two important changes took effect in January and February this year. Given the ongoing pandemic, NJDEP has extended certain regulatory and mandatory timeframes for responsible parties to complete various reports. Properties that have an LSRP and are undergoing environmental remediation will have more relaxed regulatory and mandatory timeframes. The NJDEP timeframe extensions are for administrative requirements, and they do not change regulatory or mandatory timeframes for evaluating potential receptors or for protecting actual receptors. NJDEP’s timeframe extensions are most important for responsible parties that have regulatory or mandatory timeframes for completing remedial investigations or remedial actions by May 6, 2021. In many of these circumstances, the timeframe is effectively extended through May 6, 2022. Other timeframe extensions vary, and since the NJDEP extension announcements are not written in the most straightforward, user-friendly manner, Equity encourages you to contact us to discuss how the extensions may affect your remedial strategy. 

In addition to the timeframe extensions, NJDEP also issued two (2) revisions to the Case Inventory Document (CID) in late January and early February 2021. All CID submittals should use the current form. Given that the two revisions were issued within a couple of weeks, NJDEP has offered to migrate existing MS Excel versions of the CID to the current version. That service is available by emailing the current CID for a case to srpcidconversion@dep.nj.gov . The most current version of the CID can be found at https://www.state.nj.us/dep/srp/srra/forms/.

 

Equity is ready to help with any of your environmental remediation cases in New Jersey and New York, whether that is as simple as ensuring the current version of the CID is submitted or checking your remedial strategy and applicable timeframes for complex sites. Email Peter.Jaran@equityenvironmental.com, Bob.Jackson@equityenvironmental.com, or Geoff.Clark@equityenvironmental.com with any questions you may have.

NJDEP Regulatory Changes 

Stormwater Rules

On March 2, 2021, the NJDEP and all NJ municipalities began implementing the new Green Infrastructure rules for stormwater management. Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution throughout New Jersey’s waterways. Every day, runoff carries automotive fluids, fertilizers, pesticides, household and industrial chemicals into our waterways. If stormwater runoff is not properly controlled, it degrades ecosystems and impairs lakes, streams, and rivers. Poorly or uncontrolled stormwater runoff can lead to the development of harmful algal blooms in our lakes and reservoirs, and it can exacerbate dangerous flooding conditions. With increases in rainfall and extreme weather events, the imperative to better control our stormwater runoff is even greater, as it creates added risk for harm to people and property.

Based on years of experience, NJ regulators have come to understand that engineering with nature provides better and cost-effective results for water quality. Green infrastructure is a well-established management approach that encourages stormwater infiltration into the ground, rather than discharging it to pipes and culverts that ultimately spill into waterways. The green technologies include rain gardens, bio-retention basins, vegetated swales, pervious paving, and green roofs, and simply better housekeeping to prevent materials from being swept up in stormwater.

The following is a link to the announcement on the Stormwater Rules: https://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2021/21_0006.htm

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Equity Welcomes Max Meltzer

Mr. Max Meltzer is a senior planner and project manager in Equity Environmental Engineering’s Environmental Planning Group. Mr. Meltzer has 5+ years of experience as a project manager for environmental assessment statements pursuant to New York City CEQR and New York State SEQR guidelines for both private and public clients, leading them through the complex environmental review process. Mr. Meltzer also has experience managing Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) projects and guiding clients through the City’s land use process. Max manages environmental documents pertaining to a variety of city and state land use actions and permits (EISs, EAs, land use applications), Mr. Meltzer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Max has written, managed, and certified numerous environmental assessments in his career. Using data collected during these investigations combined with his strong knowledge of regulatory procedures, Max often works closely with staff from various backgrounds including air and noise scientists, geologists, transportation engineers, and historic and cultural resource professionals to produce robust, thorough environmental and land use documents to best serve client needs. 

When not working, Max can be found traveling (during non-pandemic times), jogging through the five boroughs, playing team sports, and spending quality time with those closest to him. 

Max can be reached via e-mail at max.meltzer@equityenvironmental.com or by phone at 973-527-7451.

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Equity Welcomes Nigel Grembowski

Nigel Grembowski is a transportation and urban planner with experience in transportation, land use, emergency management, complete streets, and traffic planning, who strives to identify and fill gaps in organizational structure and functionality. Nigel is a Certified Planner by the American Planning Association. Now based in New York City, Nigel was born in Chicago, IL, and grew up in Woodstock, IL, a small town in northern Illinois. He values input from diverse opinions, counting his experience both in the rural Upper Midwest and New York City as extremely beneficial. Nigel received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Master of City and Regional Planning from the Eduard J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Within transportation, Nigel is especially passionate about complete streets and how they can influence development to proceed at a human scale creating long-term benefits for cities and their residents.

Nigel can be reached via e-mail at nigel.grembowski@equityenvironmental.com or by phone at 973-527-7451.

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