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ENB - Statewide Notices 10/15/2008

Public Notice

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law Sections 13-0307 and 13-0319, the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption to Amend 6 NYCRR Section 41.2 Pertaining to Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands in Nassau County. This notice will be published in issue 42 of the State Register, dated October 15, 2008.

For further information please contact:

William Hastback
Marine Resources Headquarters
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0479
E-mail: wghastba@gw.dec.state.ny.us

NYSERDA - CO2 Allowance Auction Program

On December 17, 2008 the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will be participating in a regional auction for the sale of carbon dioxide allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in accordance with the CO2 Allowance Auction Program (Title 21 NYCRR Part 507). The auction will be conducted on December 17, 2008 from 9 a.m. ET until 12 p.m. ET. In this auction, NYSERDA will be making available for sale 12,422,161 vintage 2009 New York allowances. All parties are eligible to participate in this auction provided they become qualified and meet all other participation requirements. Applications for participation are due October 30, 2008. Complete details on the December 17, 2008 auction, including the auction schedule, participation requirements, and auction documents can be found at: www.rggi.org. The NYSERDA contact person regarding the CO2 Allowance Auction Program is Kevin Hale who can be contacted at rggi@nyserda.org.

Notice of Public Comment Again Extended for Draft Program Policy regarding Citizen Participation Handbook for Remedial Programs (DER-23)

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 initial notification was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) on August 20, 2008 with a 60 day public comment period. For details, refer to this Notice at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20080820_not0.html on NYS DEC's website.

Since this initial notification, this public comment period has been extended for a second time, and written comments regarding this draft policy will be accepted until February 20, 2009. Comments should be submitted to Mr. 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 sent to derweb@dec.ny.gov via e-mail.

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

Safe Drinking Water Act Grant Program For New York City Watershed Protection

Request for Proposals for Water Quality Improvement Projects: New York City Watershed Protection Program

The New York City Watershed Protection Program will be advanced through the availability of approximately $3 million dollars of funding from the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act Grant Program for Non-Point Source Abatement; Assessment, Planning and Research; and Outreach and Education projects in the New York City Watershed.

The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was enacted to protect the quality of drinking water in the United States of America. The New York City Watershed Protection Program provides financial assistance for projects as a part of the watershed program for protection and enhancement of the quality of source waters of the New York City water supply system. Projects include those that demonstrate, assess, or provide for comprehensive monitoring and surveillance and those that are necessary to comply with the criteria for avoiding filtration. This SDWA Grant Program is administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) as part of the Department's Water Quality Improvement Projects: New York City Watershed Protection Program.

All projects must meet the primary goal, to protect and enhance the quality or quantity of the New York City water supply, while preserving and enhancing the economic and social character of the communities in the New York City (NYC) Watershed. The proposed projects must be within the NYC Watershed. The NYC Watershed is defined as the land area within the counties of Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Ulster, Sullivan, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess, that contribute to the water supply system of NYC. Construction projects are not eligible.

Applications will be accepted continuously. A new Application Form must be submitted to be considered for funding. Applications from previous years will not be carried over. Application materials for Water Quality Improvement Projects are also available by calling NYS DEC's Division of Water at: (518) 402-8164 or visiting the NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/25599.html.

Notice of Public Scoping

Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program

Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has determined that a Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program is necessary to evaluate potential environmental impacts of anticipated horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing to develop natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale and other low-permeability gas reservoirs.

To identify the potential impacts and mitigation measures which must be evaluated in the SGEIS, the Department released a draft scope for public review on October 6, 2008. The draft scope is available on the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/47554.html and at 41 locations listed in the October 8, 2008 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin (link to notice of availability for review: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20081008_not0.html). The Department is accepting written comments on the draft scope through the close of business on December 15, 2008. Six public scoping meetings, on the dates and at the locations listed below, have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for all interested persons to provide verbal comments. A stenographer will record the public comments.

The objective of the scoping process is to focus the draft SGEIS on any potentially significant impacts of the proposed activity, and to eliminate consideration of any impacts that are irrelevant or non-significant. After the close of the comment period, the Department will release a Final Scope for the draft SGEIS. The draft SGEIS will also be released for additional public review and comment before it is finalized. After it is finalized, the SGEIS will be read and applied in conjunction with an existing Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program.

To avoid duplication, and to ensure that the SGEIS serves to complement the GEIS, interested persons are urged to carefully review the GEIS, which may be found online at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45912.html, in conjunction with the preparation of any comments on the draft scope. In addition, to ensure that all interested persons have the opportunity to speak at the public meetings, the Department encourages that verbal comments be brief and limited to discussion of scope contents. Verbal and written comments will be given equal consideration, and persons wishing to provide lengthy comments are urged to provide them in writing either at a meeting or by mail or email following the instructions in the draft scope and in the Notice of Availability for Review (link to Notice in Oct 8 ENB: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20081008_not0.html).

Each meeting location listed below will open at 4:30 p.m., with the formal meeting beginning at 5:15 p.m. Brief remarks by Department staff will be followed by public comments starting at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 6, 2008: Allegany-Limestone High School Auditorium/Theater, 3131 Five Mile Road, Allegany, NY 14706.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008: Haverling High School Auditorium, 25 Ellis Avenue, Bath, NY 14810.

Thursday, November 13, 2008: Southside High School Auditorium, 777 South Main Street, Elmira, NY 14904.

Monday, November 17, 2008: Broome County Community College, West Gym, 901 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13902.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008: SUNY/Oneonta, Hunt Union Ballroom, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Thursday, December 4, 2008: Sullivan County Community College, Fieldhouse, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759.

Contact: Kathy Sanford or Carrie Friello, Bureau of Oil & Gas Regulation, Division of Mineral Resources, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-6500, Phone: (518) 402-8056.

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