Department Contacts

October 2013

October 31, 2013 | Posted by Karen L. Mintzer 10/31/2013 | Permalink
The New York City Department of City Planning has begun a rulemaking for proposed new rules that would supplement the list of “Type II” actions set forth in the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) regulations with a list of citywide-specific Type II actions. Type II actions are actions taken by governmental agencies, including discretionary approvals, that have been deemed not to have a significant adverse environmental impact and are thus exempt from the environmental review requirements of SEQRA. SEQRA permits municipalities to designate a supplemental list of actions as Type II. read more
October 9, 2013 | Posted by Karen L. Mintzer 10/9/2013 | Permalink
On September 30, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a record of decision documenting its final selection of a remedy for cleanup of the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn. The cleanup addresses contaminated sediments in the canal and continuing sources of contamination outside the canal, including overflows from the New York City combined sewer system that result in the discharge into the canal of untreated domestic sewage and contaminated stormwater. EPA estimates that it will take another three years to complete design of the remedy and six years after that to implement the cleanup. read more
October 3, 2013 | Posted by Elizabeth Larsen 10/3/2013 | Permalink

Local Law 87 was passed in 2009 as part of New York City’s “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan.” It requires energy audits and retro-commissioning to be carried out every 10 years for buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet (and certain other buildings located on the same tax lot or under the same condominium management that together comprise 100,000 square feet). The first energy efficiency reports documenting the completion of the audit and the retro-commissioning measures used for certain properties—those located on a Tax Block number that ends in the digit 3—are due to the NYC Department of Buildings by the end of this 2013 calendar year. See the reporting schedule below for all affected NYC properties.

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