The CPV Valley Energy Center was approved under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), which is designed to review the potential environmental impacts associated with a project. The SEQRA process emphasizes the importance of protecting the environment and maintaining natural resources. New York state law requires completion of the SEQRA process before any other state permits can be issued.

The SEQRA process begins with the preparation of an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) to define in a broad sense, the significance of the project and the scope of environmental analysis required to adequately review the project. There is then a determination of which agency will take the lead to review the project. The agency can be either a local government entity such as a Town Board or Planning Board, or a State entity, such as the State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Should a local government entity act as Lead Agency for the environmental review of the project, the DEC would still play a prominent role in the process.

Once Lead Agency status is determined, the next step is for the Lead Agency to make a Declaration, based on the information provided in the EAF, which will specify the significance of environmental studies that will be performed to analyze the project.

When a Positive Declaration has been made, the next step is to develop a Scope for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS is a much more in-depth look at the project and the actions that will be undertaken to eliminate or mitigate adverse environmental concerns, social or economic issues associated with the proposed project, as well as identifying what types of studies might need to be undertaken.

Public involvement is an important component within the development of the DEIS. The process calls for public hearings, public comment periods, and open review of all documentation, to ensure that all concerns are adequately addressed as part of the final decision.

Once completed, the DEIS is subject to a public comment period before it can be approved by the Lead Agency. When it is accepted, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is prepared and distributed for additional public review. The FEIS will address all questions and concerns raised during the review of the DEIS. Collectively, the DEIS and the FEIS establish a complete and thorough record of the potential environmental impacts associated with the project and any mitigation measures that may be implemented to offset those potential impacts.

The entire SEQRA process is ultimately summarized in a single document, the Findings Statement, which serves as a summary of the results of the rigorous analyses  performed throughout the process.  The Findings Statement includes a summary of potential impacts and proposed mitigation. This document is the final step in the approval process and must clearly establish a supportable record for the decision on the project. Once the Lead Agency has adopted the Findings Statement, the SEQRA process is complete.

Local Public Information Repositories

Don't have a computer? Rather read documents in hard copy? Visit one of the locations below to access publicly-available copies of all the permitting documents:
  • Town of Wawayanda Town Hall
    80 Ridgebury Hill Road
    Slate Hill, NY 10973
  • City of Middletown Municipal Building
    16 James Street
    Middletown, NY 10940
  • Wallkill Town Hall
    99 Tower Drive, Building A and B Middletown, NY 10941
  • Goshen Library and Historical Society
    203 Main Street
    Goshen, NY, 10924
  • Middletown Thrall Library
    11-19 Depot Street
    Middletown, NY 10941
Town of Wawayanda Public Notices
Over the past five years, CPV Valley Energy has, through a concerted effort to keep the public informed through open meetings, newsletters and an informational website, developed an unprecedented level of public support for its clean, natural gas powered electric generating facility. Undoubtedly, this project will foster an economic impact that will resonate well beyond Orange County and the lower Hudson Valley. Its location, which backs up against a major interstate highway and fronts on a highly traveled state road, is within the Priority Growth Corridor.

- Maureen Halahan,
   President &   CEO,
   Orange County Partnership

Project Site Location

Click on map for larger view