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Public Notice

Notice of Availability of State Assistance Funds

New York Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grant Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is issuing a Request for Applications for state assistance funding to conduct innovative projects that help to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the Great Lakes resources in New York State. Preferred projects should bring together experts from diverse disciplines to conduct research, data collection and analysis, and public communication that informs or enhances current New York State management issues and processes. Projects should especially focus on the exchange of knowledge in the areas of toxic discharge control and elimination, contaminant remediation, and sustaining and enhancing the health of the basin's floral, fauna and human elements of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Project funding priorities are established by the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council and are described in detail in the Request for Applications.

Proposed project deliverables must have a high probability of success and benefit the watersheds, communities or natural resources located within the geographic boundaries of New York State's Great Lakes programs as developed under the federal Great Lakes Critical Programs Act of 1990, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) as amended in 1987, and the New York Great Lakes Water Conservation and Management Act of 1989 including the waters of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the tributary watersheds from the New York-Pennsylvania border to the New York-Vermont border. Projects already receiving funds from other available New York State assistance programs for similar activities are ineligible for funding under this Program.

Eligible applicants are municipalities, academic research institutions and not-for-profit corporations. "Municipality" includes a local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, school district, community college, supervisory district, district corporation, improvement district within a county, city, town or village, or Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State. "Academic research institution" means an institution that provides post-secondary education (higher education), including courses of study through which faculty and students have opportunities to conduct advanced research, or a research center that is closely associated with an institution of higher education. "Not-for-profit corporation" means an organization formed pursuant to the Not-For-Profit Corporation law and qualified for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status under the federal internal revenue code.

Cooperative partnership efforts are encouraged. A non-New York State collaborator may be considered an eligible applicant only if the Principal Investigator of the project is employed by a New York State municipality, academic research institution or not-for-profit corporation.

A total of $500,000 is currently available for the Large Grant program. The minimum grant amount will be $15,000 and the maximum will be $100,000. Matching funds are not required. However, because matching funds demonstrate an applicant's commitment to the project, proposed budgets that include matching project-related funds will receive additional credit in the application scoring process.

NYS DEC anticipates that a grant project should not exceed a two-year term. Where circumstances beyond a recipient's control necessitate an extension of the project term, NYS DEC may consider up to two additional one-year term extensions at no additional cost. Applicants should note that this is a reimbursement grant program. It does not allow for any advance payment of funding.

The Request for Applications may be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation's website at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/25582.html.

Completed applications must be received by the Department or be postmarked by 4:00 p.m. on April 21, 2008.

For further information or a copy of the Request for Applications, contact:

Donald Zelazny, Great Lakes Programs Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203-2999

Phone: (716) 851-7220
E-mail: greatlakes@dec.ny.gov

Environmental Conservation Law Section 27-2107(8) Draft Written Finding on Non-Mercury Alternatives to Certain Mercury-Containing Products

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law 27-2107(8), directing the Commissioner to issue a written finding on or after January 1, 2008 but no later than February 20, 2008, as to whether "non-mercury alternatives are comparable in price to, are as effective in performance as, and are as accurate and precise as mercury sphygmomanometers, mercury wetted reed relays, mercury flame sensors, mercury thermometers other than thermometers prohibited from sale pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Section 27-2107(2), or mercury thermostats, except for mercury thermostats used by the blind or visually impaired person", the Commissioner has issued the following draft finding that:

Mercury Sphygmomanometers - there are non-mercury (aneroid) sphygmomanometers comparable in price to, effective in performance as, and accurate and precise as mercury sphymomanometers.

Mercury Thermometers (other than thermometers prohibited from sale pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Section 27-2107(2)) - there are non-mercury thermometers comparable in price to, effective in performance as, and accurate and precise as mercury thermometers.

As further explained in the Commissioner's Finding, the statutory prohibition on the sale will not apply to the following conditional affirmative findings:

Mercury Wetted Reed Relays - with limited exceptions there are non-mercury relays comparable in price to, effective in performance as, and accurate and precise as mercury wetted reed relays.

Mercury Flame Sensors - with limited exceptions there are non-mercury flame sensors comparable in price to, effective in performance as, and accurate and precise as mercury flame sensors.

Mercury Thermostats (except for mercury thermostats used by a blind or visually impaired person) - with limited exceptions there are non-mercury thermostats comparable in price to, effective in performance as, and accurate and precise as mercury thermostats.

A copy of the Draft Commissioner's Finding can be reviewed on the DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41169.html or by calling the Department's Contact Person: Peter M. Pettit, Phone: (518) 402-8705, Fax: (518) 402-8654) or by mail to:

Peter M. Pettit, P.E.
Chief, Waste Reduction and Outreach Section
Bureau of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7253

Comments on the Draft Commissioner's Finding must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than April 4, 2008.

Information on Mercury Management in New York State is available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/285.html.

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