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ENB Region 5 Completed Applications 05/02/2007

ENB Region 5 Completed Applications 05/02/2007

Franklin County

Applicant:

Noble Chateaugay Windpark LLC
8 Railroad Ave
Essex, CT 06426

Facility:

Noble Chateaugay Windpark
Us Rte 11 - S Side - E of French Settlement Rd & W of Clinton Co Line
Chateaugay, NY

Application ID:

5-1634-00060/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance

Project is Located:

Chateaugay, Franklin County

Project Description:

Noble Chateaugay Windpark LLC proposes construction and operation of a wind energy conversion system consisting of seventy-two 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbines located within an approximate 7,431 acre project area in the Town of Chateaugay. Other ancillary facilities to be constructed include approximately 22 miles of access roads and and electrical collection system to deliver electricity to the Clinton Substation. A total of 0.47 acres of temporaray Federal and State jurisdictional wetland impact and less than 0.01 acre of permanent impact. A total of 15 linear feet of stream will be permanently impacted.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law during normal business hours at the address of the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: Chateaugay Town Board

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on 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 an impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. The department must consult further with OPRHP before making a final decision regarding the issuance of the permit.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 01, 2007.

Contact:

Stephen M Tomasik
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
mailto:depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us?bcc=enb2@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Saratoga County

Applicant:

Mohawk Fine Papers Inc
465 Saratoga St
Cohoes, NY 12047 -4626

Facility:

Mohawk Fine Papers Inc Waterford Facility
1 Oconnor Dr
Waterford, NY 12188

Application ID:

5-4154-00003/00002

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES - Surface

Project is Located:

Waterford, Saratoga County

Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is pursuing a Department Initiated Modification (DIM) to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit (NY 000-6912, DEC Identification #: 5-4154-00003-00002), Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 750-1.18, New York State's Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS). The changes to the permit are as follows:

Update permit effective and expiration dates; permittee and facility names; faciltiy address; and facility contact and Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) responsible officials and DMR official address. Add references to outfalls 006, 007, 008 and 009. Add permit limits, levels and monitoring definitions page. Increase effluent limits for BOD5 and total suspended solids at outfall 001. Add effluent limit for settleable solids at outfall 001. Add effluent limits and monitoring requirements for total chlorine residual at outfall 001. Add Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing requirements at outfall 001. Add references to outfalls 006, 007, 008 and 009. Add footnotes to permit limits, levels and monitoring. Add approved water treatment chemicals list. Update monitoring locations map. Add Best Management Practices requirements. Add discharge notification requirements.

The modification also includes several other minor reporting modifications. Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., has surface discharge into Mohawk River, a class C water. NYSDEC seeks comments on the proposed regulated activity prior to making a final decision on permit issuance.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law during normal business hours at the address of the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 01, 2007.

Contact:

Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
mailto:depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us?bcc=enb2@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Washington County

Applicant:

NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Facility:

Poultney River - Carvers Falls to L Champlain
Poultney River - Carvers Falls to L Champlain
Whitehall, NY 12887

Application ID:

5-5399-00010/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands

Project is Located:

Whitehall, Washington County

Project Description:

The applicant, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Fisheries (DEC), proposes control of the abundance of sea lamprey in the Poultney River by application of chemical lampricides. The purpose is to reduce larval sea lamprey numbers located between the Carver Falls Dam and the river's mouth in order to achieve and maintain reductions in the parasitic sea lamprey population in Lake Champlain, thereby reducing lamprey-caused wounding and death rates to lake trout, landlocked salmon and walleye. It is part of a broader lake-wide, integrated sea lamprey control program for Lake Champlain, pursued cooperatively with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife (VTDFW). The control program continues, with minor modifications, stream and delta treatments first initiated in 1990 pursuant to a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) titled "Use of Chemical Lampricides in a Temporary Program of Sea Lamprey Control in Lake Champlain with an Assessment of Effects on Certain Fish Populations and Sportfisheries" and as described in its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) titled "A long-term program of sea lamprey control in Lake Champlain," published in 2001 pursuant to NEPA. Because the Poultney River forms the border between NY and Vermont in the stretch proposed for treatment, the VTDFW is also concurrently applying to Vermont permitting agencies to allow a sea lamprey control treatment on the river this fall.

No significant adverse impacts were identified during the eight-year program covered by the FEIS including two treatments of the Poultney River. Fundamental mitigation strategies established in the FEIS and FSEIS will be continued. In the Poultney River, these mitigation strategies include utilizing reduced lampricide concentrations below levels shown to negatively affect invertebrate and fish species of particular concern, including the Threatened eastern sand darter. Treatments on other tributaries were addressed in a previous environmental assessment whose SEQR notice was published in 2002. A separate SEQR review, whose negative declaration was published in 2006 (http://www.dec. state.ny.us/website/enb2006 /20060802/not5.html) , addressed the potential for Poultney River-specific tributary treatments including the use of Bayluscide in combination with TFM to reduce overall pesticide usage, and the potential for spring treatments as a back-up to fall treatments cancelled because of unsuitable weather or stream conditions. The Poultney is well channelized from the Carver Falls Dam to its mouth, and most New York State Freshwater Wetlands along the river are high on the floodplain, behind levees, or isolated from the influence of the river. As a result, no significant exposure of wetland habitat is expected during lampricide treatments within the proposed river discharges. The following NYS regulated freshwater wetlands are located within the river corridor: WH-1, WH-2, WH-3, WH-4, WH-5, WH-6, WH-7, TH-13 and TH-14. These wetlands are designated as Class 1 except for WH-6, TH-13 and TH-14 which are Class 2.

As indicated in the FSEIS, the Poultney River would be treated with lampricides beginning in 2007 at the earliest and only if wounding rate objectives on walleye or salmonids in Lake Champlain are not achieved, and then only if viable alternatives to lampricides are not available. The proposed permit would authorize two separate treatments of the Poultney River; a second, subsequent treatment would also be dependent upon the availability of feasible alternatives to lampricide use and achievement of wounding rate objectives on walleye and salmonids.

The DEC currently makes periodic treatments to nine rivers and five delta areas located in NY. Treatment of each infested stream or delta occurs approximately once every four years, with sea lamprey larval densities and developmental rates dictating the need for, as well as the area and frequency of treatments.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law during normal business hours at the address of the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A Structural-Archaeological Assessment Form has been completed. The proposed activity will not impact on registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 18, 2007.

Contact:

Michael J McMurray
NYSDEC Region 5 Headquarters
1115 St Rte 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
(518)897-1234
mailto:r5dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us?bcc=enb2@gw.dec.state.ny.us


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