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gavelCourts throughout the state regularly deal with the issue of standing in proceedings under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Although courts generally take a broad view of standing, it requires more than rote recitation of the legal criteria. Petitioners must include specific factual allegations that demonstrate how they each meet the legal criteria.

This column discusses recent SEQRA standing decisions from all four Appellate Division departments involving a wide variety of petitioners and fact patterns. Collectively, these appellate rulings illustrate the breadth of situations in which SEQRA standing is considered by the judicial system, and the various factors that can lead to a finding of standing—or to a conclusion that standing has not been established.

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