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Sullivan County Division of Solid Waste

January 2004

COMBINED NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION AND
NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE HEARING

APPLICANT: Sullivan County (Division of Solid Waste)

PROJECT APPLICATION NUMBER: DEC #3-4846-00079/00021

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION: Sullivan County has submitted applications to expand the existing Sullivan County landfill located south of Broadway in the Village of Monticello by 3.4 acres, called "Cell #6". This proposed expansion is separate from the larger (36 +/- acre) "Phase II" expansion being considered to the east, towards Rose Valley Road. The Cell #6 expansion requires the following Department permits:

Solid Waste Management permit modification for the Cell #6 expansion of 3.4 acres on the south side of the existing landfill.

Industrial State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Modification for both stormwater and leachate collection, treatment and disposal. A draft SPDES permit (#NY-0259942) has been prepared by the Department and is available for review (see Document Availability at the end of this Notice). All stormwater and leachate from the 3.4 acre Cell #6 expansion will be piped to the existing wastewater treatment plant at the landfill.

Air Title V permit modification for the collection and treatment of landfill emission gases. A draft Title V Permit Modification has been prepared by the Department and is available for review. Please note that the Administrator of the USEPA (a Federal agency) has the authority to bar issuance of this Title V permit modification if he determines it is not in compliance with the requirements of Part 201 of these regulations.

NOTE on Draft Permits: The Department has made a tentative determination to approve these applications for a modification of the existing Sullivan County Landfill SPDES permit and Title V Air permit to add Cell #6. The tentative determination is required by Federal regulations and indicates that the discharge or emission regulated under these statutes have been determined to satisfy minimum regulatory standards for permit modification, based on information available to the Department at this time. As tentative determinations, the Department seeks comments on the proposed permit modifications before making a final decision on them. These Federally required tentative determinations do not signify Department approval of, or endorsement of, the activities for which these permits are sought or for the overall proposed project at this time.

[To view the full Notice of Complete Application, please go to the Region-3 section of the Environmental Notice Bulletin issue dated January 7th.]

SEQRA STATUS: Pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617 of the implementing regulations for the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the Cell #6 expansion associated with these permits is classified as an Unlisted Action with the Sullivan County Legislature designated as the lead agency. The lead agency has determined that the project may have a significant effect on the environment and, accordingly, Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) have been prepared, filed and reviewed. These documents are available for public review (see Document Availability).

STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT (SHPA) DETERMINATIONS: A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on the information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The landfill is located within an area subject to the provisions of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner's Policy #29, "Environmental Justice and Permitting." Accordingly a Public Participation Plan has been prepared in order to give minority communities and low-income communities greater opportunities for public participation in, and access to, public information on matters relating to human health and the environment associated with the project. A copy of this plan is available for public review.

NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING: In accordance with the provisions of 6 NYCRR Parts 617 and 621, a legislative public hearing will be held before a Department Administrative Law Judge to receive unsworn statements from the public on the applications on Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at 7:30 P.M., in the Legislative Hearing Room, at the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY. The snow date is Tuesday, February 17th at the same time and location. A brief (30 +/- minute) question and answer period (starting at 7:00 P.M.) shall precede the hearing.

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed Cell #6 landfill expansion are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to file in advance to speak at the Legislative Hearing. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing to the Department Regional office (Attn: Lawrence G. Biegel at the address below) and summarized for oral presentation. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. Written comments must be received no later than Friday, February 20, 2004 (Attn: Lawrence G. Biegel at the address below). The hearing location is fully accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons at no charge upon written request to Mr. Biegel at least 10 days prior to the hearing, pursuant to the State Administrative Procedures Act (SAPA).

STATUTORY AND REGULATORY PROVISIONS: Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 1 (General Provisions); Article 3, Title 3 (General Functions); Article 70 (Uniform Procedures); Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) Part 621 (Uniform Procedures); Article 17, Titles 7 & 8 (SPDES); Article 19 (Air Pollution), and Article 27, Part 360 (Solid Waste Management).

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: A copy of the Draft and Final EIS, permit applications, the two draft permits (SPDES and Air Title V) and the Environmental Justice Public Participation Plan are available for your review at the following locations:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 3 Office
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, New York 12561-1620
Contact Person: Lawrence G. Biegel
Telephone: (845) 256-3041 (to call for an appointment)

Crawford Public Library
Broadway & Monticello
Monticello, New York 12701
Contact: Librarian; Telephone (845) 794-4660

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