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ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 07/09/2008

Erie County

Applicant:

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation
275 Oak St Ste 150
Buffalo, NY 14203

Facility:

Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park
99 Tifft St
Buffalo, NY

Application ID:

9-1402-00999/00002

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project is Located:

Buffalo, Erie County


Project Description:

The applicant proposes a railroad crossing of freshwater wetland BU-1 , relocation of electric lines, creation of lawn area, and clearing of vegetation within the regulated adjacent area of BU-1 and BU-7. Mitigation areas are to be created to compensate for these impacts. The project is in furtherance of the proposed Sonwil Distribution Center to be located south of Tifft Street.

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: Buffalo City Council

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 Jul 24, 2008.

Contact:

David S Denk
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716)851-7165
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Niagara County

Applicant:

AES Somerset LLC
7725 Lake Rd
Barker, NY 14012 -9600

Facility:

AES Somerset LLC
7725 Lake Rd
Barker, NY 14012

Application ID:

9-2938-00003/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES - Surface Discharge

Project is Located:

Somerset, Niagara County


Project Description:

The Department is proposing to renew and modify the SPDES permit for the AES Somerset Generating Station. AES Somerset is a 675 MW coal-fired power plant located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. AES Somerset withdraws 274 million gallons of cooling water from Lake Ontario each day through a submerged intake located approximately 2000 feet offshore. Heated water is discharged through a subsurface diffuser that is located 1500 feet offshore and approximately 1000 feet from the intake. The SPDES permit authorizes the discharge of non-contact cooling water, stormwater, service water, discharge from their ash landfill, and boiler blowdown. The proposed modifications involve changes in effluent parameters and the implementation of the "Best Technology Available" (BTA) to minimize impacts caused by the withdrawal of cooling water.
Specifically, the primary effluent changes involve the lowering of limits for total residual chlorine and total mercury. A thermal study will also be required as part of the permit. Per 6NYCRR 704.5 and Section 316(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act, the location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures must reflect BTA for minimizing adverse environmental impacts caused by Somerset's CWIS. The SPDES permit will require AES to evaluate technologies and/or operational measures that if implemented at Somerset would reduce the annual impingement mortality and entrainment caused by the CWIS.

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:

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 Aug 08, 2008.

Contact:

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


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