Phillips Lytle counsels clients through environmental review processes pursuant to both the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Phillips Lytle is involved in environmental reviews on a daily basis, whether it is zoning matters which we handle for clients all over New York State or large, complex projects such as a new NFL stadium. We take a team management approach with clients to expedite the preparation of environmental studies that include draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and final EISs, and we have extensive experience with Generic EISs (GEIS). These cost-effective approaches allow for timely, yet thorough, environmental reviews, while minimizing the likelihood of any successful subsequent legal challenge.
When it comes to SEQRA compliance in particular, we understand that:
Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the SEQRA regulations, the SEQRA Handbook, Environmental Assessment Forms (short and full), the EAF Workbooks, and relevant court decisions. Our team emphasizes strict compliance with the procedural aspects of SEQRA, while ensuring that there is a comprehensive administrative record to support the Determination of Significance. In fact, our attorneys have been leading seminars on the environmental review process for more than twenty years. In addition, acting as special counsel, we have assisted a number of governmental and quasi-governmental agencies through particularly complex and problematic environmental reviews on a timely and cost-effective basis. We have even been successful at using the Environmental Impact Review process to jumpstart projects that were otherwise stalled.