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Intent to Approve American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Alternative Compliance Plan for Meeting New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 6 NYCRR Part 218-4 Zero Emission Vehicle Requirements

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) has submitted a proposed Alternative Compliance Plan (ACP) in accordance with provisions of subpart 218-4.2 for the generation of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits for compliance with New York State's ZEV mandate. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) proposes to approve that plan. The proposed plan includes information claimed by Honda as business confidential. Therefore, a summary of the proposal is included, as described below.

Summary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Alternative Compliance Plan

Honda introduced Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), ZEV, Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (AT-PZEV) and Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) into the New York market starting with the 1999 model year. AT-PZEV and PZEV were made available in large numbers by integrating the technology into existing products, including the Civic and Accord. As such, consumers gained familiarity with the technologies incorporated in these vehicles. Honda has indicated that it expects to continue to offer PZEV, AT-PZEV and type III ZEV for sale, or to include in product plans, as necessary to meet the obligations of the ACP.

Honda intends to meet part of its ACP commitment through the development and sale of residential fueling systems. These include a residential natural gas fueling system and a residential hydrogen home energy station. Honda believes that these systems will promote greater use of natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles.

Honda has committed to offering for sale all advanced technology vehicle models (ZEV, AT-PZEV, and PZEV) that are offered for sale in California during the term of the ACP.

Honda will earn Zero Emission Vehicle credits through the conduct of this ACP. Credits earned will be sufficient to offset requirements for ZEV credits under the ZEV mandate included in subpart 218-4.1. Under this ACP, Honda has provided projections demonstrating full compliance through the 2008 model year.


Draft Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2008 Clean Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan Fund Adjustments

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) announce that the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2008 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control Projects, dated September 2007, is being amended.

Amendment No. 1 reflects adjustments to the sources and uses of funds available for the remaining FFY 2008 IUP financing period through a reduction in the USEPA CWSRF appropriation to New York State, including State match, in the amount of $27,503,025. Due to higher than previously expected investment returns, monies are now available for release from the long term investment program that will be sufficient to offset the reduction in the federal appropriation.

The Draft Amendment No. 1 will be available on the EFC website at www.nysefc.org (click on "Programs," then "Clean Water State Revolving Fund," then "IUP and Amendments"). A copy of Draft Amendment No. 1 can also be requested by calling the EFC toll-free line at: 800-882-9721 or at Phone: (518) 402-7433.

Written comments on Amendment No. 1 to the CWSRF IUP will be accepted by mail or fax until close of business, Friday, May 9, 2008.

Comments should be addressed to:

Mr. David Morseman
SRF Program Services Coordinator
Division of Engineering and Program Management
NYS EFC
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207-2997
Fax: (518) 402-7456


Availability for Comment


State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Priority Ranking List 2008/2009

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is providing the Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS) priority rankings in conformance with section 17-0817(6.) of the Environmental Conservation Law. The lists are based on a ranking system that prioritizes permits for full technical review and, when necessary, modification. The full technical review is conducted in one of nine regional offices or the central office, depending on the location of the discharge and whether the permit has been assigned to the central office based on USEPA designation as a major discharge or state designation as a centralized significant industrial permit.

The EBPS priority ranking system should not be confused with the SPDES permit renewal process. Most permits are renewed prior to expiration by a separate administrative procedure. At times, these renewals will be delayed to address necessary modifications to the permit.

The 2008/2009 SPDES permit lists can be viewed at the NYS DEC website http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6054.html. The lists are based on ranking scores and reflect the priority list for each office. The ranking scores are updated on a continuous basis due to the discovery of new information and the issuance of modifications that eliminate the factors which go into each score. The top 10% of each list represents a workload objective during this fiscal year. Additional information describing the EBPS process follows the ranking lists. Fact Sheets for individual permits (provide detailed information for the ranking score of each individual permit) are available by contacting Don Ackerman at: (518) 402-8210, by e-mail at dwackerm@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or at the address listed below.

Any interested party may provide, at any time, substantive comments requesting a change in a permit's rank based on the grounds that newly discovered material information exists; that a material change in environmental conditions has occurred; or that relevant technology or applicable law or regulations have changed since the issuance of the existing permit. All such requests shall be in writing and contain facts or reasons supporting the request. Comments must be sent to Director, Bureau of Water Permits, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505.

During the 2007/2008 permitting year, the NYSDEC had draft permits out for public comment for 11 percent of the 2007/2008 EBPS list. Of this 11 percent, 6.6 percent had final permits issued.


STATE POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (SPDES) GENERAL PERMITS FOR STORMWATER DISCHARGES from CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY Permit No. GP-0-08-001 and MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEMS (MS4s) Permit No. GP-0-08-002

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has renewed the SPDES GENERAL PERMIT FOR STORMWATER DISCHARGES from CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, GP-0-08-001 and the SPDES GENERAL PERMIT FOR STORMWATER DISCHARGES from MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEMS (MS4s), GP-0-08-002.

The General Permits (formerly GP-02-01 and GP-02-02) have been re-titled GP-0-08-001 (Construction) and GP-0-08-002 (MS4). They shall be effective from May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2010. Exclusion criteria are contained in each permit identifying when use of each General Permit is not permissible.

A notice of draft permits was previously published in the ENB on October 10, 2007. This project has been revised from a Type II Action to an Unlisted Action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Negative Declarations are on file for SPDES General Permit for Construction GP-0-08-001 and SPDES General Permit for MS4s GP-0-08-002. A coordinated review was not performed in accordance with 6NYCRR Part 617.6(b)(4).

Copies of the draft permits and fact sheets and applicable forms will be available on the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8468.html

or may be requested from the contact listed below:

Barbara Horton
NYS DEC, Division of Water
625 Broadway - 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3505

E-mail: bjhorton@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Phone: (518) 402 -8111

These general permits will authorize new and existing discharges of stormwater from construction activities and MS4s required to have permits in accordance with Environmental Conservation Law.

All permittees currently authorized under each of the General Permits will be notified and such permittees shall be permitted to be authorized under the renewal permits unless otherwise prohibited, and shall be considered authorized without interruption. Applicants seeking new authorizations to discharge will be required to file a Notice of Intent to obtain such authorization.

MS4 Annual Reports due on June 1, 2008 are not required to meet the reporting requirements of the renewal permit (GP-0-08-002). Instead they are required to meet the reporting requirements of the permit which covered the reporting period (GP-02-02).

The NYS DEC reserves the right to require any applicant seeking or maintaining coverage under GP-0-08-001 or GP-0-08-002 to apply for an individual SPDES permit.

ENHANCED PHOSPHORUS REMOVAL STANDARDS ADDITION TO THE NEW YORK STATE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT DESIGN MANUAL AS A NEW CHAPTER 10.

As part of this notice, the NYS DEC is also announcing the availability of final Enhanced Phosphorus Removal Standards. The Enhance Standards set forth design criteria for stormwater management practices that apply, in accordance with the permit requirements of the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities (GP-0-08-001) and the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (GP-0-08-002), to construction sites in phosphorus limited watersheds. The enhanced standards and related tools and documents will be available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8694.html.

As part of this notice the NYS DEC is also announcing that the following schedule will be adhered to by the Department for review of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities, GP-0-8-001, and the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewers Systems, GP-0-08-002 (general permits), during the two year term of these general permits. The benchmarks will be followed to review selected issues raised by interested parties who timely submitted comments on the draft general permits (public notice period of October 10, 2007 through December 10, 2007).

*DOI - means Date of Issuance of GP-0-08-001 and GP-0-08-002.

1 month from DOI: the Department will frame selected issues for discussions, and provide a description of those issues to interested parties who timely submitted comments on the draft general permits.

3 months from DOI: the Department will begin holding monthly meetings with interested parties, who timely submitted comments on the draft general permits, to discuss the selected issues.

12 months from DOI: the Department will share proposed modifications to the general permits with interested parties, who timely submitted comments on the draft general permits, for informal review.

15 months from DOI: last monthly meeting is held.

18 months from DOI: the Department will issue proposed modifications to the general permits for public comment.

24 months from DOI: proposed modified general permits are anticipated to be issued and become effective.


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