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ENB - Statewide Notices 8/20/2008

Public Notice

Notice of Availability of Draft Program Policy regarding Citizen Participation Handbook for Remedial Programs

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has prepared a draft program policy to provide guidance to the NYS DEC Division of Environmental Remediation (DER) staff and the public on how to fulfill citizen participation (CP) requirements according to 6 NYCRR Part 375, Environmental Remediation Programs.

This policy is applicable to the NYS DEC's remedial programs consisting of the Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Remedial Program (State Superfund Program, SSF); the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP); the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP); and the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). It provides guidance to DER staff and the public on how to plan and conduct these citizen participation requirements and to determine if additional CP activities should be conducted for a particular site. This policy also identifies who is responsible for planning and conducting CP programs and activities; explains the common objectives of the CP programs and how they integrate with the remedial programs; and outlines opportunities and recommended methods for effective citizen participation.

Section 1 is an introduction to CP and provides general CP information that crosses programs. A chart has been included in Section 1.5 that summarizes the CP requirements for each of the four programs and provides a management tool for comparison among these programs. Section 2 is specific to the SSF, Section 3 to the BCP, Section 4 to the ERP, and Section 5 to the VCP. Each of these sections includes a stand alone chart of CP requirements for the specific program. These charts will also be valuable management tools for staff and other parties associated with the remedial programs.

This policy document replaces the existing DER guidance document entitled: "Citizen Participation in New York's Hazardous Waste Site Remediation Program: A Guidebook" (June 1998).

Pursuant to ECL §3-0301(2)(z), written comments regarding this draft policy will be accepted for 60 days after the date of publication of this Notice in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. Comments should be submitted to: Larry Ennist, Policy and Planning Section, Bureau of Program Management, Division of Environmental Remediation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012 or e-mailed to: derweb@dec.ny.gov.

The Draft Policy is available by writing Larry Ennist at the address above or calling: (518) 402-9764. A copy may also be found on the DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2393.html.

Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed CO2 Budget Trading Program as supported by the CO2 Allowance Auction Program. The action involves the establishment of the CO2 Budget Trading Program (the Program) as supported by the CO2 Allowance Auction Program, by promulgating 6 NYCRR Part 242 and 21 NYCRR Part 507, respectively. In addition, 6 NYCRR Part 200, General Provisions has been revised. The Program establishes the New York State component of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional process designed to stabilize and then reduce anthropogenic emissions of CO2, a greenhouse gas, from CO2 budget sources in an economically efficient manner. To accomplish this, the Program establishes a cap-a-trade mechanism for CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. The CO2 Allowance Auction Program is designed to complement the provisions of the Program and effectuate the purposes thereof. The electric generating facilities subject to the Program are located in a number of local communities throughout New York State. While the Program will address emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric generating sources in New York, it is part of a larger regional initiative to reduce CO2 and the impacts of climate change.

Contact: Michael Sheehan, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3251, E-mail: mpsheeha@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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