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ENB - Region 1 Notices

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft TMDL/Impaired Waters Restoration Plan

This notice announces that the deadline for comments on the DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)/Impaired Water Restoration Plan proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to address twenty seven (27) specific shellfishing waters that are impaired by pathogens, has been extended to Close of Business, September 14, 2007. All comments must be received at the address below at that time to be considered.

BACKGROUND: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and EPA's implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.

The proposed TMDL/Impaired Water Restoration Plan for pathogens relies on current and ongoing stormwater and other point and nonpoint source reduction efforts to address existing water quality impairments.

INFORMATION: Copies of the proposed draft plans can be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at (518) 402-8179, or via E-mail at dmwicker@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Comments on the Draft TMDL should be sent by mail or e-mail to the same address. Comments must be received by COB September 14, 2007.

Negative Declaration

Suffolk County - The Village of Northport, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendments to the Code of the Village of Northport, Article V. 219-25 Construction on Steep Slopes will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the amendment of Article V. 219-25 of the Village Code, Construction on Steep Slopes (exclusions are subdivisions and site plans and building permits issued as of June 5, 2007). The project is located in the Village of Northport, New York.

Contact: Donna Koch, Village of Northport, 224 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768, Phone: (631) 261-7502, E-mail: NPTCLERK@OPTONLINE.NET.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Suffolk County - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Southampton to Bridgehampton 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and the expansion of the Bridgehampton Substation may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Information regarding the proposed project and a copy of the Draft Scope of Work is available on the LIPA website at www.lipower.org under the About LIPA, Powering LI tab. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work are available at the following locations: The Hampton Library, 24778 Main Street, Bridgehampton, New York 11932, Phone: (631) 537-0045; Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton, New York 11968, Phone: (631) 283-0774; John Jermain Memorial Library, 201 Main Street, Sag Harbor, New York 11963, Phone: (631) 725-0049. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 25, 2007. Two public scoping sessions will be held on September 18, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Southampton Inn, 91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968. The action involves a new transmission line from Southampton to Bridgehampton and the expansion of the Bridgehampton substation. The new transmission line is needed to meet the growth in energy demand and improve system reliability in the East End region of Long Island. The expansion of the Bridgehampton Substation would occur on the same land parcel as the existing substation. The project is located from the Southampton Substation at the intersection of Prospect Street and North Main Street in the Village of Southampton to the Bridgehampton Substation on the west side of Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike near the intersection of Clay Pit Road in the Town of Southampton, New York.

Contact: Michael E. Hervey, Long Island Power Authority, 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Uniondale, NY 11553, Phone: (516) 222-7700, E-mail: mhervey@lipower.org.

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