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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/08/2008

Public Notice

Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name: Sun Chemical Corporation

Site Address: 441-443 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305


Site No.:

Requestor: SUN/DIC Acquisition Corp.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) pursuant to State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 27-1400 et seq. The BCP was created to encourage the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties known as brownfields. The requestor indicated above has submitted a BCP application for investigation of the site indicated above.

NYS DEC will accept public comments concerning the application. A copy of the application and other appropriate documents (application package) are available in the site document repositories located at the addresses indicated below.

NYS DEC will review the application package and public comments received and then make a determination on the eligibility of the application.

Comments should be submitted by November 7, 2008 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway - 12th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7016
Attention: Javier Perez-Maldonado

Repository addresses:

St. George Library Center
5 Central Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

Staten Island Community Board 1
Rosebank, Fort Wadsworth and Shore Acres Area Committee
1 Edgewater Plaza, Suite 217
Staten Island, NY 10305

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Small Business Services, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Battery Maritime Building will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an adaptive reuse and renovation of the four story, approximately 115,586 gross square foot Battery Maritime Building, which is a City owned historic landmark located along the waterfront of the south end of Manhattan.

Currently the Battery Maritime Building is mostly vacant, with occupancy comprised of a ground-floor waiting area for the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) and construction/office space related to the recent exterior renovation by the City. The project involves reactivating the approximately 9,200 square foot Great Hall, the former ferry waiting area public space on the second floor, as a public gathering place by day and as a private event space at night. The redevelopment also includes a total of 138 hotel rooms, which are proposed to be located both on the third floor of the historic building and a three-story, new rooftop addition. A rooftop restaurant and bar, open to the public, would be located above the addition. The building is bounded by additional City waterfront land to the east and west, the Whitehall (Staten Island) Ferry Terminal to the west, South Street to the north, and the waters of New York Harbor to the south in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Marilyn Lee, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312 3834, Fax: (212) 312 -3989, E-mail: mlee@nycedc.com

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special Forest Hills District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) to establish new contextual zones and create the Special Forest Hills District (SFHD) in the Forest Hills neighborhood consisting of all or portions of nine blocks. The specific actions are comprised of two components: 1) to change the existing C8-2, C4-2 and R7-1 zoning districts that cover these nine blocks with contextual districts (R5D/C2-3, C4-4A and C4-5X.) and establish the new SFHD; and, 2) to establish special regulations for this special district pertaining to bulk, use, parking and height and setback. The proposed actions were initiated by DCP following community concerns that the current zoning does not accurately reflect the development trends in the area or provide the tools necessary to foster moderate growth and development. The new special district would provide the framework to guide future growth and development while reinforcing the thriving commercial activity. The project is located within Queens Community District 6 and is generally bounded by Queens Boulevard to the north, Long Island Railroad right-of-way to the south, Ascan Avenue to the east and Yellowstone Boulevard to the west, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Queens) - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Astoria Gas Turbine Power, LLC may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted November 26, 2008. A public scoping session will be held on November 12, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Riccardo's Restaurant, 21-01 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY. The action involves the proposal by NRG to repower the Astoria Gas Turbine Power LLC facility. The repowering project will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 will consist of replacement of the seven operating 35 + year old Westinghouse peaking turbines (approximately 120 MW capacity) with two new state-of-the-art, intermediate operating systems (approximately 520 MW total) provided by either General Electric or Siemens. The new equipment will have very high thermal efficiencies in excess of 48% and will produce electricity at approximately 8,000 Btu's per kilowatt hour heat rate. Phase 2 of the proposed project will consist of replacing the 24, more than 35 + year old, Pratt & Whitney turbines (approximately 480 MW capacity) with two additional state-of-the-art turbines. Thus, the repowering will result in the replacement of the 600 MW capability of the 35 + year old electric generating capacity with new state-of-the-art units capable of producing 1040 MW. The new equipment will include advanced emission control technology with ultra low NOx burners, rapid ramp rates, SCR, and CO catalysts. The new equipment will be fired primarily on natural gas with a very small contingency fuel oil firing capability on ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. The existing 31 operating stacks (38 + foot stack height) will be replaced by just 4 stacks set at USEPA's good engineering practices (GEP) stack height. The project is located at 31-01 20th Avenue in Queens, New York.

Contact: Stephen Tomasik, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway - 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 486-9955, E-mail: smtomasi@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East Village / Lower East Side Rezoning. The action involves the proposal by the Department of City Planning (DCP) to amend the zoning maps affecting all or portions of 111 blocks in the study area. DCP is also proposing zoning text amendments to establish incentives for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in conjunction with new development and to protect existing non-conforming street-level commercial uses in current residential districts. In addition, HPD is proposing the disposition of a City owned property to facilitate the development of a residential building with ground floor retail. The FEIS analyzes a range of alternatives to the proposed actions, in addition to the proposed actions itself. One of the alternatives was developed largely in response to concerns expressed by other involved and interested entities along with members of the public, and is, therefore, under particularly active consideration by the lead agency, the City Planning Commission. The project is located within Manhattan Community District 3 and is generally bounded by East 13th Street on the north; Avenue D to the east; East Houston Street, Delancey Street and Grand Street on the south; and the Bowery and Third Avenue on the west in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.

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