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ENB Region 4 Completed Applications 05/14/2008

Albany County

Applicant:

Rosmunda Scisci

Facility:

Scisci Property
230 Elm Ave E
Selkirk, NY

Application ID:

4-0122-00244/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands

Project is Located:

Bethlehem, Albany County


Project Description:

The applicant proposes to construct two driveways across federally regulated wetlands on two separate and adjacent parcels on the south side of Elm Avenue East in Selkirk. The driveways will provide access to upland areas on the lots so that two single story residential dwellings may be constructed. The driveways will require filling of approximately 150 square yards of wetland area.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A Structural-Archaeological Assessment Form has been completed. The proposed activity will not impact on registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 30, 2008.

Contact:

Angelo A Marcuccio
NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518)357-2069
r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Otsego County

Applicant:

Seward Sand & Gravel Inc
532 Co Rte 58
Oneonta, NY 13820

Facility:

Beisler Gravel Pit
St Rte 28 - E Side - N of Seminary Rd
Hartwick Seminary, NY 13348

Application ID:

4-3632-00013/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation

Project is Located:

Hartwick, Otsego County


Project Description:

The applicant proposes to renew a 19.5 acre Life of Mine Boundary (LOMB) Sand and Gravel Mine and and modify the permit by adding an additional 5.2 acres to the LOMB. Operations will include the excavation and the screening and occasional crushing of sand and gravel. The portable processing equipment proposed is to have a capacity of no more than 100 tons per hours.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 13, 2008.

Contact:

Kent P Sanders
NYSDEC Region 4 Stamford SUB-OFFICE
65561 St Rte 10
Stamford, NY 12167
(607)652-7741
r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Rensselaer County

Applicant:

Rensselaer County
1600 7TH Ave
Troy, NY 12180 -3410

Facility:

Rensselaer Co Sd 1 WWTP
Foot of Water St
Troy, NY 12180

Application ID:

4-3832-00011/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES - Surface Discharge

Project is Located:

North Greenbush, Rensselaer County


Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) initiated a Department Initiated Modification (DIM) and renewal to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit (NY 008 7971, DEC Identification #: 4-3832-00011/00001) for the Rensselaer County Sewer District #1 WWTP on July 24, 2006 pursuant to ECL § 17-0817 and 6 NYCRR Subparts 750-1.18 and 1.19 and New York State's priority ranking system known as the Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS). This notice corrects the July 21, 2006 Notice of Intent to modify which incorrectly states that this project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act. The Rensselaer County Sewer District #1 WWTP is located in a Coastal Management area. A Coastal Assessment Form has been prepared as well as a SEQR Negative Declaration Form and a SEQR Short Environmental Assessment Form. The proposed changes to the permit were as follows and have not changed: Combined Sewer Overflows:The Rensselaer County Sewer District is a municipality that owns combined sewer overflow structures including interceptor sewers that convey sanitary and storm water through a single-pipe system to its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and regulators that allow combinued sewage to bypass the WWTP and discharge to pipes with outfalls at the Hudson River. The capacity and operation of the WWTP directly impact the frequency and quantity of discharges from Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) structures. The federal Clean Water Act was amended to incorporate USEPA's Combined Sewer Policy at 33 U.S.C. §1342(q). NYSDEC implements the CWA through its SPDES program at ECL § 17-0801. See also NYSDEC's Division of Water Technical and Operation Guidance Series Document 1.6.3. These requirements must be included in the SPDES permit. The draft permit therefore includes the mandated site-specific CSO Best Management Practices and Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) requirements for the WWTP, which shares a combined sewer system with CSO communities. Disinfection: The draft permit contains the requirement to reinstitute seasonal effluent disinfection so as to reduce pathogen discharges to support contact recreation, in response to the finding of a public health need by the New York State Department of Health and New York's swimmable goal for the Hudson River. The draft permit accordingly specifies a disinfection season of May 1 to October 31. A compliance schedule is included in the permit that requires the permittee to submit an approvable engineering report that identifies the facilities necessary to achieve compliance with the disinfection requirement and a Total Residual Chlorine (TRC) water quality-based effluent limit of 0.6 mg/l and complete construction of those facilities no later than May 1, 2009. The TRC effluent limit may be irrelevant to RCSD as it was allocated grant funding for ultraviolet disinfection such that chlorine treatment may not be necessary. 6NYCRR Part 750: The draft permit incorporates the requirements of an amendment to the SPDES regulations at 6 NYCRR 750-2 (Operating in Accordance with a SPDES Permit) and therefore deletes the same Part II General Conditions, and all references to them, from the text of the permit, as these amounted to essentially the same content. Limits and Monitoring: Influent settleable solids and pH monitoring has been removed from the permit. The units for monitoring of temperature have been changed from Celsius to Fahrenheit in accordance with 6NYCRR Part 704. Influent sampling for Carbon Based Oxygen Demand (CBOD) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) 7-day averages and for mass have been removed. Mass loading limits for CBOD5 and TSS were rounded in accordance with the Discharge Monitoring Report manual. The following parameters have been removed from the permit due to non-detections during this review period: chromium, toluene, ethylbenzene, bromoform, chlorobenzene, tetrachloroethylene, 1,2-dichloroethane, methylene chloride, methyl chloride, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, chloroform, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, bis 2-(ethyl, hexyl) phthalate, 2,6-dinitrotoluene, nickel, and cyanide. The Total Copper action level of 15.4 lbs/day has been revised to 11 lbs/day to more accurately reflect the recent discharge loadings from the WWTP. The Total Arsenic action level of 4.0 lbs/day has been revised to 2.8 lbs/day to more accurately reflect the recent discharge loadings from the WWTP. All action levels now require quarterly monitoring and have been changed from a Type II to a Type I in accordance with Department staffs' best professional judgment, in line with 6NYCRR 750. Outdated monitoring requirements under Additional Specific Pretreatment Conditions were removed, as these conditions have been satisfied. Toxicity testing: The draft permit requires that toxicity testing of the effluent be performed every 5 years as the WWTP maintains an industrial pretreatment program and accepts industrial wastewater. The toxicity testing requires that action levels, in toxic units rather than LC50's as in the past, be used to measure compliance.
Corrections: The draft permit modification corrects several typographical errors or inaccuracies.
The modification also includes several other minor reporting modifications. The Rensselaer County Sewer District #1 WWTP has surface discharge into the Hudson River, a class C water.
Additional information including the July 24, 2006 permit, which has not changed, the fact sheet (also unchanged), renewal applications, and supporting documentation may be obtained from or inspected at the DEC central Office in Albany. Substantive comments on the permit or requests for hearing or both must be submitted in writing to the contact person. DEC seeks comments on the proposed regulated activity prior to making a final decision on permit issuance.

Availability of Application Documents:
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 13, 2008.

Contact:

Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us


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