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Summary of Environmental Review Requirements With Related Web Links


The Environmental Analysis Unit (EAU) at Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) conducts the environmental reviews of most projects awarded state or federal subsidy funding by HCR (but not stand-alone tax credit projects). Contact your project or program manager if you are unsure which HCR office oversees environmental review of your project or program.
Programs and Projects requiring an Environmental Review by EAU may include:

In general, an EAU environmental review addresses the following issues:

This Environmental Review conducted by HCR is not a substitute for local approval or the issuance of any federal, state, or local permits that may be required.


Web Links For Top Environmental Issues

HISTORIC AND CULTURAL RESOURCES; NY STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE (SHPO):
Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)

LEAD-BASED PAINT (for all demolition and rehabilitation projects regardless of age of occupants):
EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule)
HUD’s “Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing,” 2012, including revisions (HUD Guidelines)

ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIALS:
NYS Department of Labor Asbestos Regulations – 12 NYCRR Part 56.
EPA Asbestos Homepage - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Homepage, laws and regulations and asbestos in your home.

STORAGE TANKS (underground USTs and aboveground ASTs):
NYS DEC Bulk Storage of Chemicals, Petroleum and Liquefied Natural Gas
NYS DEC Summaries of Bulk Storage Regulations
DEC Environmental Remediation Database
EPA Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

WETLANDS:
NYS DEC Wetland Regulations
NYS DEC Environmental Resource Mapper System (ERMS)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetland Inventory

FLOODPLAINS:
FEMA Flood Map Service Center
NY State Floodplain Management
NY State Floodplain Management Regulations 6 CRR Part 502

ENDANGERED SPECIES
NYS DEC Environmental Resource Mapper System (ERMS)
NY Natural Heritage Program
US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Endangered Species Review

BROWNFIELDS:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Brownfield Cleanup Program

SOIL VAPOR INTRUSION (be sure to consult the Final Guidance & Updates sections)
NYS Department of Health Soil Vapor Intrusion

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
NY Department of State Coastal Boundary Map
State Consistency

AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS
NYS Agricultural Districts

SMART GROWTH
NYS DEC Smart Growth – For further information about NYS HCR smart growth policy and a copy of the Smart Growth form relevant to your program area, please call EAU at (518) 473-6843.

NEPA REQUIREMENTS:
Additional Coastal Zone Management
National Coastal Zone Management Program – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Federal Consistency
NY Department of State Coastal Boundary Map
Additional Floodplain requirements
HUD Floodplain Regulations 24 CFR Part 55
Executive Order 11988 Floodplain Management
Additional Wetlands requirements
HUD Wetlands Regulations 24 CFR Part 55
Executive Order 11990 Protection of Wetlands
Explosive and Flammable Facilities
Siting of HUD Assisted Projects near Hazardous Operations 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart C
Acceptable Separation Distance (ASD) Tool
Noise:
HUD Noise Regulations Part 51
HUD Day Night Noise Level (DNL) Calculator
The HUD Noise Guidebook
Tribal Consultation
Tribal Historical Preservation Office (THPO) Consultation
Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT)

For assistance or information, please contact EAU at (518) 473-6843.