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ENB - Region 3 Notices

Public Meeting Notice

Shandaken Tunnel Outlet SPDES Permit General Meeting - February 27, 2008

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) hereby gives notice that a meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday February 27, 2008, at the DEP office located at 71 Smith Avenue in Kingston, New York.

The meeting is being held in accordance with State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Discharge Permit No. NY-026-8151, for the Shandaken Tunnel Outlet. NYC DEP will discuss the progress of several projects in the Catskill watershed region. Public input is welcome.

The meeting is open to the public.

Contact: Erika Boetsch, NYC DEP BWS, 465 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595, Phone: (914) 773-4521, E-mail: eboetsch@dep.nyc.gov.

Notice of Public Scoping

Westchester and Rockland Counties - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Tappan Zee Bridge / I-287 Corridor Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is being prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), the FHWA/FTA Environmental Impact regulations (23 CFR part 771), and the FHWA/FTA Statewide Planning/Metropolitan Planning regulations (23 CFR part 450), as well as the requirements of Section 6002 of the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). In addition, this EIS will comply with the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, section 4(f) of the 1966, U.S. Department of Transportation Act, the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, Executive Order 11990 Protection of Wetlands, and other applicable statutes, rules and regulations. The Environmental Impact Statement and the environmental review process will also satisfy requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) (consistent with 6 NYCRR 617.15 and SEQRA regulations, Part 15 Title 17 of NYCRR).

In January 2003, after the December 2002 Notice of Intent was published, three scoping meetings were held: one in Westchester County; one in Rockland County; and one in Orange County. Public and agency comments received during those scoping meetings have been incorporated into the Alternatives Analysis Report. As a result of the initial scoping process which included a Level 1 and Level 2 alternatives screening process, the alternatives have been reduced from 150 alternative elements to six alternatives. Scoping update meetings will be conducted to obtain current comments on the scope of the EIS. To assist interested parties in formulating their comments, a scoping informational packet will be prepared and made available upon request from the NYS DOT representative identified below or online at the project's website: www.tzbsite.com. The scoping packet will include the project's purpose and need, goals and objectives, range of alternatives, environmental issues that will be addressed during the course of the study and the public and agency coordination plan, pursuant to SAFETEA-LU. In addition, the scoping packet will include the evaluation criteria that will be used to conduct a third level ("Level 3") alternatives screening process, which will further analyze the remaining alternatives.

In early 2008, three additional public scoping update meetings will be conducted, one each in Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties, to solicit additional public comments on the scope of the EIS. Each meeting will run from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and consist of an informal open house setting and two formal presentations. Formal presentations will be made at 5:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. After each presentation, the public will be provided the opportunity to comment. Those wishing to speak must sign up by either 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., respectively. A court reporter will be available to record the formal meeting and public comments. The public meetings will be held in the following locations:

Westchester County Public Scoping Update Meeting: Tuesday, February 26, 2008, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577.

Orange County Public Scoping Update Meeting: Wednesday, February 27, 2008, Orange-Ulster BOCES Campus, 53 Gibson Road, Goshen, NY 10924

Rockland County Public Scoping Update Meeting: Thursday, February 28, 2008, the Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994.

The public comment period will be open for a maximum of 30 days following the February 28 meeting. Comments will be accepted until Monday, March 31, 2008.

Contact: Michael P. Anderson, Project Director, NYS DOT, 660 White Plains Road, Suite 340, Tarrytown, NY 10591, Phone: (914) 358-0600.

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Town of Red Hook Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Taylor Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the subdivision of a 13.485 ± acre parcel of land located in the RD3 and Scenic Corridor Overlay Zoning Districts into three (3) residential lots ranging in size from 3.022 ± acres to 5.79 ± acres. The lots will be served by individual wells and septic systems and will be accessed by a shared driveway. The project is located on US Route 9G in the Town of Red Hook, New York.

Contact: Patrick Kelly, Town of Red Hook Planning Board, 7340 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571, Phone: (845) 758-4613, E-mail: planning@redhook.org.

Orange County - The City Council - City of Newburgh, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of East End Historic District Guidelines will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of design guidelines which will apply to proposed exterior improvements made to buildings within the East End Historic District. The project is located in the East End Historic District of the City of Newburgh, New York.

Contact: Garrett Duquesne, City of Newburgh, Phone: (845) 569-9400, E-mail: gduquesne@cityofnewburgh-ny.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Dutchess County - The Town of Amenia Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Silo Ridge Resort Community. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on March 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Silo Ridge Country Club. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until March 25, 2008. The action involves the applicant, Higher Ground Country Club, LLC, proposal to develop a resort community on a 668 ± acre site to be known as Silo Ridge Resort Community. The site is currently developed with a 170 acre 18 hole championship golf course. The actual development area will consist of an approximately 210 ± acre portion of the total site. The project is located on the west side of Route 22 in the Town of Amenia, New York.

Lana Anguin-Cohen, Phone: (845) 373-8118 ext. 105, E-mail: asstsuper@ameniany.gov.

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