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ENB Region 7 Completed Applications 10/08/2008

Cortland County

Applicant:

Empire Agrifuel LLC
3893 Us Rte 11
Cortland, NY 13045

Facility:

Empire Agrifuel
3893 Us Rte 11
Cortlandville, NY

Application ID:

7-1122-00161/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Air State Facility

Project is Located:

Cortlandville, Cortland County


Project Description:

The Department has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue an Air State Facility permit to Empire AgriFuel, LLC (Empire AgriFuel) to construct and operate co-located biodiesel and seed crushing facilities at 3893 US Route 11 on approximately 11 acres of land in the Town of Cortlandville (Cortland County), New York. The site , currently characterized as a hayfield, is located along the south side of New York State Route 11, approximately 1/4 mile west of Exit 10 interchange to Interstate Route 81. surrounding land uses consist of manufacturing, mining, commercial and agricultural operations.
Facility operations include a 10 million gpy biodiesel processing facility utilizing either canola or soy oil. Depending upon the oilseed used, the co-located crushing facility will provide approximately 40 to 130% of the feedstock oil to the biodiesel plant. The crushing facility will be capable of processing up to 600 tpd of seed.
Processes for seed crushing and oil extraction include grain handling and storage operations for the soy or canola beans, cleaning, cracking or flaking, dry heating, oil extraction with expanders and expellers, meal and vegetable oil storage.
Processes for biodiesel production include vegetable oil, caustic and methanol storage, mixers, reactors, and product separation and recovery, and glycerin and biodiesel storage.
The facility will also operate two 16 MMBtu/hr boilers capable of firing natural gas (primary fuel), no. 2 fuel oil or biodiesel.
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. Comments of support or objection may be made by filing a written statement by the deadline date indicated. DEC may schedule a public hearing based upon an evaluation of the nature and scope of any written objections raised. Hearing Notices will contain instructions on filing for party status and submitting comments.

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 a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: Cortlandville Town Board

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 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.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Nov 07, 2008.

Contact:

Michael K Barylski
NYSDEC Region 7 Cortland SUB-OFFICE
1285 Fisher Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607)753-3095
dep.r7@dec.ny.gov


Onondaga County

Applicant:

City of Syracuse
City Hall
233 E Washington St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Facility:

Syracuse Creekwalk Jefferson St to Onondaga Lake
Jefferson St - Armory Square to South Shore of Onondaga Lake
Syracuse, NY

Application ID:

7-3115-00439/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project is Located:

Syracuse, Onondaga County


Project Description:

The applicant is proposing Phase 1 of the Syracuse Creekwalk Project. The Creekwalk project involves the construction of a pedestrian walkway from West Jefferson Street (Armory Square) to the south shore of Onondaga Lake. Portions of the project will involve work in and around Onondaga Creek and Onondaga Lake. A Protection of Waters Permit is required for the excavation of approximately 209 cubic yards of material and backfilling 275 cubic yards of material within the regulated mean high water of Onondaga Creek. The project is staying out of the NYS DEC Regulated Freshwater Wetland and its adjacent area, SYW-12, therefore, a wetland permit will not required.

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: Syracuse City Council

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 an impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. The department must consult further with OPRHP before making a final decision regarding the issuance of the permit.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not 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 Oct 23, 2008.

Contact:

Joanne L March
NYSDEC Region 7 Headquarters
615 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315)426-7438
dep.r7@dec.ny.gov


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