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ENB - Region 7 Notices

Public Notice


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in New York State needs to be amended to delete site number 706005, known as Cole-Zaiser. This site is located in the Town of Brutus in the County of Cayuga and is located on Stickle Road. The reason for deletion is:

All structures and piping were removed from the site and contaminated soils were excavated and treated for replacement at the site as required by the Record of Decision. Results of the groundwater monitoring program indicate that guidance criteria have been attained.

This site is currently recommended for delist and the public comment period will end on December 14, 2007.

Written comments on this proposed deletion are welcome and should be sent to:

Project Manager: Mr. John Grathwol
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation, 12th Floor
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7016

All written comments must be received by December 14, 2007. A summary of all written comments will be assembled and available for viewing at our Central Headquarters located at the above address.


Negative Declaration

Cayuga County - The Town of Brutus Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed consideration of amendments to the Town of Brutus Zoning Law to establish an Industrial (I) District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Town Board's proposal to establish a new Section 125-15 Industrial (I) District to include: statement of intent, permitted uses, permitted accessory uses, dimensional standards, general regulations addressing signage, storage of equipment, on site storage facilities, on site utilities, location of loading areas, location of accessory structures, parking, building height and open space. The project is located generally north of Trombley Rd, east of NYS Route 34 and north of NYS Route 31 in the vicinity of Bonta Bridge Road within the Town of Brutus, New York.

Contact: David Miller, 9021 North Seneca Street, Weedsport, NY 13166, Phone: (315) 834-9398, E-mail: townofbrutus@verizon.net.


Madison County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Public Access and Parking at Helen McNitt State Park will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the opening of Helen McNitt State Park to the public. This will include safe access to the park, including access to the shoreline and Cazenovia Lake. The opening of the park will provide passive recreation to include fishing, hiking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and boating (for cartop watercraft). The project will include a 20 vehicle (maximum) gravel parking lot and entrance road, trailers will not be allowed. A portable toilet will be placed adjacent to the parking area with wooden screening on three sides. An accessible stone dust trail will be constructed from the parking lot to stairs and a wooden walkway, which will lead to a wooden platform to provide universal access to Cazenovia Lake. A short loop trail of less than one (1) mile in length total will be blazed on upland Parcel #2. The project is located at Helen McNitt State Park, East Lake Road in the Town of Cazenovia, New York.

Contact: Janet Zuckerman, NYS OPRHP, Agency Building 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409, E-mail: Janet.Zuckerman@oprhp.state.ny.us.


Madison County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Tioughnioga Unit Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the framework for sustaining biological diversity while accommodating compatible public uses on 7,406 acres of State land in southwestern Madison County. The unit consists of three State Forests and one Wildlife Management Area. The plan sets forth the proposed goals, objectives, management actions and associated costs for the unit. It details all proposed activities for a 20 year period, dating from the time of approval and adoption. A review and update will take place at the end of the tenth year.

Management actions such as mowing, burning, clearcutting and selection harvests are intended to create and ultimately maintain ecological conditions suitable for a diversity of plant and animal species. Timber harvesting, mineral extraction and the development of recreational facilities will be controlled to either maintain habitat conditions or to ensure that the impact of these activities does not diminish biodiversity. To enhance recreational opportunities on the unit, new and improvements to existing facilities are proposed. Additional management activities planned for the unit include: boundary line surveys and maintenance, forest inventory, rehabilitation and maintenance of public forest access roads, site preparation and reforestation. The Tioughnioga Unit Management Plan was approved and signed by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation on September 24, 2007.

The project is located in the Towns of Cazenovia, Deruyter, Georgetown and Nelson, New York.

Contact: Greg Owens, NYS DEC, 2715 State Highway 30, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4017.


Madison County - The Town of Cazenovia Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed enactment of a Local Law regarding the regulation of power generating windmills as on-site use wind energy systems will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal to enact a Town Law relating to the regulation of on-site wind energy systems, also known as small wind energy systems. The project will have a town-wide application in the Town of Cazenovia, New York.

Contact: Elizabeth Moran, Town of Cazenovia Town Board, 7 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035, Phone: (315) 655-9213, E-mail: lmoran@ecologicllc.com.


Tompkins County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cornell Combined Heat and Power Project (CCHPP) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves new equipment, facilities, and appurtenances to improve the efficiency and reliability of Cornell's Central Steam and Electrical systems. The project will require a facility addition constructed as an expansion to the rear of Cornell's existing Central Heating Plant. The addition will occupy a footprint of approximately 17,000 square feet and include two partial levels plus a mechanical penthouse. The addition will house two new combustion turbine generators capable of generating approximately 30 megawatts of electrical output (combined). Each turbine will be matched with a dual-pressure heat recovery steam generator to utilize exhaust heat from the turbine, with gas-fired duct burners to provide additional steaming capacity. New emergency generators and an aqueous ammonia storage facility (for emissions controls) are also part of the project.

Construction and operation of the facilities involved in this Action will require approval of an air permit by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and site plan approvals by the Town of Ithaca and the City of Ithaca.

The project is an addition to the Central Heating Plant on the campus of Cornell University on NYS Route 366 (Dryden Road), Ithaca, New York.

Contact: John H. Merriman, NYS DEC, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090, Phone: (607) 753-3095.


Positive Declaration

Oswego County - The Town of Van Buren Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Riveridge Estates Residential Subdivision proposal may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the subdivision of 144 acres into 26 lots for residential development and the remainder to be one undeveloped lot. Each lot will be a minimum of 80,000 square feet to comply with existing zoning. The 3,300 feet of proposed roadway will be constructed to Town standards and dedicated to the Town of Van Buren. Public water will be brought into this area in conjunction with OCWA. The project is located along the Seneca River on River Road in the Town of Van Buren, New York.

Contact: Vera Cavallaro, Town of Van Buren, 7575 Van Buren Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027, Phone: (315) 635-3604.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Tompkins County - The City of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cornell University Paul Milstein Hall and Central Avenue Parking Garage may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until 4:30 on December 7, 2007. A public scoping session will be held on November 27, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor of City Hall, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. The action involves the proposal to construct a 43,000 square foot building that will unite Rand and Sibley Halls and will be cantilevered over University Avenue. Construction for these actions is anticipated to last approximately 36 months. The building will include a studio, gallery, meeting & exhibition space, and a 352-seat auditorium. Applicant is also proposing to construct a parking garage on the 450 x 75 foot site adjacent to the proposed Milstein Hall project at the location of the existing surface parking lot. The garage will provide 199 parking spaces in three levels of parking, one surface level accessible from University Avenue and two underground levels accessible from Central Avenue. The project is in the U-1 Zoning District. The project is located on the Cornell University Campus on University Avenue between Central Avenue and Rand Hall in the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: JoAnn Cornish, City of Ithaca Department of Planning and Development, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 274-6550.



Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Onondaga County - The Plannning Board of the Town of Dewitt, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Woodbine Industrial Park Development. The action involves the subdivision of an industrial parcel of land of approximately 114 acres into seven lots for the development of an industrial project. A proposed plan of development would include approximately 700,000 square feet of building space in three phases over five years. The project is located in an area bordered by Collamer Road (Route 298), Fly Road, Schuyler Road and Badgley Road and is intersected by Canada Drive in the Town of Dewitt, NY.

Contact: Richard Robb, Town of Dewitt, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057, Phone: (315) 446-3768.





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