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ENB - Region 4 Notices 10/08/2008

Public Notice

Notice of Public Scoping

Albany County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lafarge Modernization Project may have a significant impact on the environment and that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) must be prepared.

Written comments may be submitted on the draft scoping outline and will be accepted by the Department until close of business on November 10, 2008. A Public Scoping session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which will provide the public an opportunity to comment on the Draft Scope.

The proposed action involves modernizing the existing Lafarge cement facility, replacing the existing wet manufacturing process with a dry manufacturing process. The proposed modernization includes the construction of a new tower of 525 feet, and increased carbon monoxide emissions. Other emissions and operations such as water use, effluent discharge, and generation of solid waste will decrease or remain relatively unchanged.

The facility is located in the town of Coeymans, Albany County, east of Route 9W approximately 2.25 miles north of the intersection of Route 143 and Route 9W.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment Form, the Positive Declaration, the draft Scoping Outline are available for review at the website: www.bethlehemchamber.com/modernization or at the following Town Halls and Libraries:

Town Halls

Coeyman's Town Hall
18 Russel Avenue
Ravena, NY 12143

Stuyvesant Town Hall
5 Sunset Drive
Stuyvesant, NY 12173

Chatham Town Hall
488 State Route 295
Chatham, NY 12037

Kinderhook Town Hall
4 Church Street
P.O. Box P, Niverville, NY 12130

Schodack Town Hall
265 Schuurman Rd.
Castleton, NY 12033

New Baltimore Town Hall
3809 County Route 51
Hannacroix, NY 12087


Kinderhook Memorial Library
18 Hudson St
Kinderhook, NY 12106

North Chatham Free Library
Main St, Route 203
North Chatham, NY 12132

RCS Community Library
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143

Chatham Public Library
11 Woodbridge Ave
Chatham, NY 12037

Valatie Free Library
3203 Church St
Valatie, NY 12184

The Scoping Outline and other project information may be reviewed at the NYS DEC through standard Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) procedures.

Contact: Sarah H. Evans, NYS DEC - Region 4, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2069.

Notice of Availability of Final Scoping Document

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Scoping Document for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the proposed expansion of the Grande Stone Quarry. The Final Scoping Document is available for public review at the NYS DEC office listed below, and also is locally available at the Heermance Memorial Library, 1 Ely Street, Coxsackie, NY, and the Coxsackie Town Hall, 16 Reed Street, Coxsackie, NY.

The proposed action involves the expansion of an existing permitted 37.6 acre hard rock quarry by an additional 200 feet in depth only. The expansion will not increase the life of mine area, but will increase the depth of the mine by 200 feet, increasing by 15 million tons, the amount of material to be removed over approximately a 29 year period, depending on market demand.

The project is located off Route 81 approximately ½ mile west of Earlton in the Town of Coxsackie, Greene County.

Contact: Sarah Evans, NYS DEC - Region 4, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2069.

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Town of Colonie Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Loudon Hills East Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a 34 lot residential subdivision. The project is located at 120 Spring Street Road in the Town of Colonie, New York.

Contact: Kevin DeLaughter, Town of Colonie Planning and Economic Development Department, Public Operations Center, 347 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY 12110-2289, Phone: (518) 783-2741.

Greene County - The Town of Ashland, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Batavia Kill Stream Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWCD) in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) have developed a comprehensive Stream Management Plan for the Batavia Kill. The Town of Ashland is seeking to adopt the Stream Management Plan as a working guidance document. The project is located on the Batavia Kill corridor in the Town of Ashland, New York.

Contact: Michelle Yost, GCSWCD Watershed Assistance Program, P.O. Box 996, Tannersville, NY 12485, Phone: (518) 589-6871.

Otsego County - The Town of New Lisbon, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a Town Comprehensive Plan. The project is located throughout the Town of New Lisbon, New York.

Contact: Charlene Wells, Town of New Lisbon, Phone: (607) 965-2112, E-mail: charlene_r_wells@yahoo.com.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Otsego County - The Town of Springfield Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Springfield Music and Arts Festival 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 until October 27, 2008. A public scoping session will be held on October 15, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center, County Highway 29A, Springfield Center, NY 13468. The action involves the proposal by Madison Square Garden to create an annual world-class 3 day music festival on an approximately 910 acre farmland site. Anticipated attendance is expected to be approximately 50,000 to 60,000 persons during the first years of the event, and the facility will be sized to accommodate no more than 75,000 persons. The project is located generally south of Route 20 between Griggs Road and Briar Hill Road in the Town of Springfield, New York.

Contact: Mary Clark, Springfield Planning Board, 283 Mill Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326, Phone: (607) 547-2735, E-mail: marytom@logical.net.

Notice of Complete Application
Notice of Completion of Supplemental Draft EIS
Notice Of Public Hearing

Applicant: City of Albany, Department of General Services
Address: 1 Connors Blvd., Albany, NY 12205
Facility: Rapp Road Landfill

Permits applied for and application numbers:

Modification to NYS Solid Waste Management Facility permit (6NYCRR Part 360)
DEC# 4-0101-00171/00011

Renewal/Modification to NYS Air Title V permit (6NYCRR Part 200)
DEC# 4-0101-00171/00013

Freshwater Wetlands (6NYCRR Part 663)
DEC# 4-0101-00171/00015

401 Water Quality Certification (Article 15)
DEC# 4-0101-00171/00016

SPDES Stormwater Management (Article 17)

Project description and location:

The proposed project involves the expansion of the existing City of Albany landfill, located on Rapp Road, onto City owned lands located east of the existing landfill. The proposed expansion, commonly referred to as the "Eastern Expansion," will allow the City to continue to meet the solid waste disposal needs of City residents and businesses as well as the communities that make up the Albany New York Solid Waste Energy Recovery System (ANSWERS) Solid Waste Management Planning Unit, and the Capital Region as a whole.

The main components of the landfill expansion include a landfill liner system, leachate collection and removal system and a landfill gas control system.

The Eastern Expansion of the landfill involves an overfill of approximately 23 acres of the existing landfill and a lateral expansion of approximately 15 acres that includes 2 acres within the existing landfill operations area (disturbed/developed lands) and 13 acres within undeveloped City owned property directly to the northeast. The City proposes to relocate existing landfill infrastructure including offices, the recycling building, and other accessory uses to several privately owned parcels totaling approximately 3.5 acres located directly east of the landfill entrance road.

The proposed expansion would have a project capacity of approximately two million tons and is projected to extend the life of the current landfill for approximately 6.5 years.

The expansion would require the direct filling of 5.05 acres of wetlands and an additional 4.06 acres of wetlands would be regraded as part of the overall wetland mitigation and restoration plan. The mitigation plan for the wetland impacts will involve the creation of 22.14 acres of new wetlands in areas that are currently uplands. An additional 27.45 acres of existing wetlands would be enhanced in quality and function.

The proposed expansion involves a modification to the landfill's existing Solid Waste Management permit and a modification/renewal to the facility's Air Title V permit. It will also require a new Freshwater Wetlands permit along with a Section 401 Water Quality Certificate for the proposed disturbance of State and federally regulated wetlands. A SPDES Stormwater permit is also needed for construction related activities.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

The project is a Type I action and may have a significant impact on the environment. A coordinated review was performed and a positive declaration was issued. The applicant has prepared a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for this action which updates a previously prepared DEIS for this facility. The DEC, as the SEQR Lead Agency, has accepted this SDEIS document as being complete.

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

Uniform Procedures Act: This project is considered a Major action under this act.

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 adverse 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.

DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29)
It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Statutory and Regulatory Provisions:

This application was filed and reviewed pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") Article 3, Title 3 (General Functions), Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review), and Article 70 (Uniform Procedures); and pursuant to Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6NYCRR") Part 617 (State Environmental Quality Review), Part 621 (Uniform Procedures), Part 360 (Solid Waste Management), Part 663 Freshwater Wetlands, Part 608 (Protection of Waters.)

Public Legislative Hearing:

A legislative public comment hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the Polish Community Center, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany.
All persons having an interest in this project are urged to attend or be represented either individually or collectively and provide verbal comments on the pending applications. It is not necessary to file a written request in advance to speak at the legislative hearing. Written statements and comments on the application are encouraged and any statements and comments may be filed prior to or at the hearing, but no later than the deadline for written comments.

This hearing location is reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services may also be made available to deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request to the NYS DEC Contact Person named below, no less than one week prior to the hearing, pursuant to SAPA § 202(1).

Following the hearing, the Department will make a determination on whether substantive or significant issues have been raised as defined in 6NYCRR Part 621 Uniform Procedures and whether an Adjudicatory Hearing Issues Conference should be scheduled before an Administrative Law Judge. In order to raise substantive and significant issues written comments expressing objections to or opposition to the application must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the Department to deny or impose significant permit conditions on the project.

Availability of Documents:

The Department has prepared a draft Air Title V permit which may be reviewed, along with the Supplement Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and supporting documentation, at the locations listed below during normal business hours:

City of Albany, Office of General Services, 1 Connors Blvd., Albany, NY 12205
City of Albany, Main Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Town of Colonie - William K. Sanford Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211
NYS DEC Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306

In addition, the documents are posted on the world wide web for accessibility by interested parties on the Capital Region Solid Waste Management Partnership website at: http://www.capitalregionlandfill.com

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Written comments may be submitted as follows:

1) At the public Hearing on November 5, 2008;
2) Mailed to the DEC Region 4 office listed in this Notice;
3) Faxed to the DEC Region 4 office at: (518) 357-2460;
4) E-mailed to DEC Region 4 office at: dep.r4@dec.ny.gov

All comments should be addressed to the attention of the NYS DEC contact person listed in this Notice and must be received by NYS DEC no later than close of business (4:45 p.m.) on November 7, 2008. Comments should include specific information relative to the project.

Contact Person:

Angelo Marcuccio
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, New York 12306
Phone: (518) 357-2069

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