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ENB - Region 4 Notices 9/3/2008

Public Notice

County: Delaware and Greene

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Title: Notice of Completion of Catskill Park State Land Master Plan revision

Contact: Peter Frank

Address: NYS DEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
Phone: (518) 473-9518

Project Location: The Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP) applies to all state lands administered by DEC within the Catskill Park, as well as parcels of Forest Preserve land situated within the counties of Ulster, Greene, Delaware and Sullivan, but outside the Catskill Park boundaries.

Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the revision of the CPSLMP. The plan sets forth management guidelines for all state lands administered by DEC within the Catskill Park, as well as parcels of Forest Preserve land situated within the counties of Ulster, Greene, Delaware and Sullivan, but outside the Catskill Park boundaries. The Plan designates management units and directs the Department to develop individual unit management plans that guide management activities and public use of those units.

The plan includes the creation of a new land classification, Primitive Bicycle Corridor in Wilderness Areas and designates four Bicycle Corridors in the park. The plan allows for bicycle use in Wild Forests on roads open to the public, state truck trails, old wood roads, foot trails, snowmobile trails, and horse trails, unless such use is deemed unsuitable through the UMP process. The revision also allows for management of invasive species.


Notice of Public Comment Period
Notice of Proposed Remedy to Address Site Contamination

EPA I.D. No.: NY7213820940

Project Title: Notice of Proposed Final Corrective Measures to Address Site Contamination, Watervliet Arsenal - Siberia Area

Project Location: Watervliet, NY 12801

Project Summary: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Region 2, propose final remedies for both the soils and groundwater at the Watervliet Arsenal Siberia Area. The Siberia Area, impacted by past releases of hazardous constituents from facility operations, is a relatively isolated area of the facility. This action selects remedies previously implemented as Interim Corrective Measures to be final measures.

Background: The Watervliet Arsenal is a 140 acre government-owned installation under the command of the United States Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command. Watervliet Arsenal consists of two areas: (1) Main Manufacturing Area and (2) Siberia Area. The Siberia Area is the subject of this action.

The 15 acre Siberia Area was purchased by the Watervliet Arsenal in the early 1940s. In the past, metal chips coated with cutting oils, salvaged scrap metals and scrap lumber were stored directly on the ground surface in the Siberia Area. These practices may have contributed to groundwater and soil contamination in the Siberia Area. In addition, the Watervliet Arsenal has reported that mixtures of oils and solvents removed from underground storage tanks were sprayed on the ground for dust control. Current operational procedures prohibit all of these activities.

Tentative Determination: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing final remedies to address the contamination at the Watervliet Arsenal Siberia Area.

For Siberia Area soils, the following remedial technologies are proposed as final remedies. These technologies were previously implemented and completed as interim measures.

• Enhanced bioremediation (land farming);
• Capping;
• Excavation and off-site disposal; and
• Institutional Controls.

For Siberia Area groundwater, the following technologies are proposed to become final remedies.

• Source removal at the Former Burn Pit;
• In-situ groundwater treatment through a reactive iron wall; and
• Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) that will incorporate the existing, long term monitoring program.

The proposed final measures were selected because NYS DEC has determined that they will be protective of human health and the environment.

After the public comment period has ended and comments have been reviewed and considered, the Department will select the final remedies. Changes to the proposed final remedies, or the selection of alternate remedies, may be made if public comments or additional data indicate that such changes are warranted.

SEQR: Pursuant to Part 617 of the New York State regulations for Article 8 [the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR)], NYSDEC has determined this action to a Type II action.

Document Availability: Copies of the Statement of Basis and relevant background documents are available for review at:

Watervliet Public Library
1501 Broadway
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: (518) 274-4471

How to Provide your Comments: Comments on this proposal must be sent to the attention of:

Alicia Barraza, Project Manager
NYS DEC - 625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-7258
Phone: (518) 402-8594

In lieu of, or in addition to, submission of written comments, any interested person may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be made in writing and must state the nature of the issues to be raised in the hearing. All written comments and/or requests for a hearing must be submitted no later than September 26, 2008.

All comments will be considered and evaluated in making the final determination to issue the Final Statement of Basis. Prior to the issuance of the final Statement of Basis, NYS DEC will respond to any comments submitted by the public. If warranted, changes will be made in the draft version to address the comments. A notice of the final decision will be sent to each interested citizen or organization who submitted written comments or have requested such notice.


Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Greene - Delaware Sanitation and Recycling, Inc. will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal to operate a construction and demolition debris processing facility at the existing scrap metal recycling facility. The facility will receive and process 500 cubic yards per day of construction and demolition debris and uncontaminated construction materials. The project is located at 45 Tim-Loeffler Road in Prattsville, New York.

Contact: Martha Wood, NYS DEC - Region 4 Stamford Sub-Office and Maintenance Center, 65561 State Route 10, Suite 1, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7366, E-mail: mawood@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Delaware County - The Andes Town Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Harold and Linda Cole's 8 Lot Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an 83.68 acre tract of land containing an old farmstead site and an active quarry is to be subdivided into eight (8) building sites ranging in size from 6.84 acres to 19.52 acres. The tract of land is 2,000 feet deep by 2,900 feet wide, with an approximate slope of 13%. It presently consists of woodland and some pasture and hay fields. A subdivision road will be constructed for access to the eight (8) lots. The project is located adjacent to 27905 NYS Route 28 in the Town of Andes, New York.

Contact: Frank Winkler, Andes Town Planning Board, Andes Town Hall, 115 Delaware Avenue, Andes, NY 13731, Phone: (845) 676-4105.


Otsego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Otsego RA #13, Stand A-1, Site Preparation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an herbicide reduction of ferns, non-commercial tree species and undesirable low valued tree species to allow the natural regeneration of desired tree species such as sugar maple and black cherry. The action is to take place on 17 acres, presently occupied by stands of sugar maple, black cherry and beech.

The herbicide applicator will be required to follow all of the requirements on the product label, including the use of protective equipment, target vegetation, rate of application and allowable limits on weather conditions, thus minimizing risk to both the applicant and the environment.

The project is located on Otsego Reforestation Area #13, Stand A-1, approximately two miles northwest of Decatur in the Town of Decatur, New York.

Contact: Paul Wenner, NYS DEC - Region 4 Stamford Sub-Office and Maintenance Center, 65561 State Route 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7365.




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