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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/24/2008

Notice of Availability

New York County (Queens) - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has issued a Final Scoping Document for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the proposed Astoria Gas Turbine Power, LLC - Repowering Project. The Final Scoping Document is available for public review at the NYS DEC office listed below, and is also available online on the NYS DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html. It is also available for review locally at the NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, New York, the Queens Public Library - Steinway Branch, 21-45 31st Street, Long Island City, New York, and the Queens Public Library - Astoria Branch, 14-01 Astoria Boulevard, Long Island City, New York.

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. 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 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.


Negative Declaration

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (all five boroughs) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Waterfront Zoning Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) to amend certain provisions related to mandated waterfront public access areas in the Zoning Resolution text. The amendments would update design regulations and administrative requirements for new privately owned waterfront public access areas with minor, related changes to bulk regulations. The new design guidelines would improve the design and facilitate construction and operation of high quality public spaces on privately owned waterfront sites. The proposed text amendments would apply to new construction of required privately owned public waterfront access areas and visual corridors required by Section 62-40 (Requirements for Waterfront Public Access Areas and Visual Corridors). The project is located city wide in all five of the New York City Boroughs, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

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


Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bronx River Floatables Control Facilities will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation by NYC DEP of four below grade floatables control facilities for three combined sewer overflow (CSO) outfalls in southern Bronx in accordance with the CSO Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). The new floatables control facilities would be installed to serve Outfalls HP-004, HP-007, and HP-009, all of which are within the drainage area of the Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). In addition, new sewer conduits would be installed for Outfall HP-004 and the concrete headwall at Outfall HP-009 in Soundview Park would be repaired. The project is located at four separate locations in the southern Bronx, New York. The facility for HP-004 would be constructed on the western shoreline of the Bronx River near West Farms Road and the Sheridan Expressway exit ramp for the westbound Cross Bronx Expressway. The facilities for HP-007 would be constructed on the eastern shoreline of the Bronx River at two regulators, CSO27 and CSO27A, located within the Bronx Zoo by the monorail storage shed and within the right-of-way of Bronx Park Avenue immediately north of the intersection of East 177th Street, respectively. The facility for HP-009 would be constructed along the eastern shoreline of the Bronx River within the northwest section of Soundview Park, just west of a composting facility.

Contact: Stacy Radine, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 594-4316, E-mail: sradine@dep.nyc.gov.


Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gowanus Facilities Upgrade will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to upgrade the flushing tunnel system and wastewater pumping station adjacent to the Gowanus Canal. Improvements at other associated sites are also required as part of the proposed action. The Gowanus Facilities Upgrade is proposed to improve the capacity, function, efficiency, and reliability of the Gowanus Canal flushing tunnel system and wastewater pumping station with the aim of improving the water quality in the Gowanus Canal over the long term. The proposed construction period is expected to be approximately 4 years. The project is located at the Gowanus Facilites location at 201 Douglass Street, south of Butler Street and northwest of the head of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York. Off-site work associated with the proposed action would be required adjacent to Butler Street, at the intersection of Tompkins Place and Degraw Street, and at the property adjacent to and at the intersection of Degraw Street and Columbia Street (including a portion of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey property and at the Buttermilk Channel bulkhead).

Contact: Julie Stein, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 594-4397, E-mail: julies@dep.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed West 44th Street and Eleventh Avenue Rezoning 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 through the tenth (10th) day following the scoping meeting. A public scoping session will be held on January 30, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) may be obtained from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development - Office of Development, 100 Gold Street, Room 9V-3, New York, NY 10038, Patrick Blanchfield, Phone: (212) 863-5056; or from the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Phone: (212) 788-2937. The EAS and Draft Scope of Work are also available for download at: http://www.nyc.gov/hpd.

The action involves the disposition of City owned property, zoning map and text amendments, General Large Scale Development Plan approval, special permits, and designation as an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP). Under the Proposed Action, the existing M1-5 zoning district would be changed to C6-2 and C6-4 zoning districts. The proposed Action would facilitate the development of up to 1,350 dwelling units (including a substantial amount of affordable housing), up to 60,000 square feet of retail space, and the relocation and expansion of P.S. 51 (Elias Howe School). The project is located in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, New York generally bounded by West 44th Street to the south, Tenth Avenue to the east, West 45th Street to the north, and Eleventh Avenue to the west, and is traversed by an AMTRAK rail cut (approximately 150 feet west of Tenth Avenue).

Contact: Patrick Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 9V-3, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056, Email: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Kings and Queens Counties (Brooklyn and Queens) - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Kosciuszko Bridge Project. A hard copy of the FEIS is available from the contact person listed below or on the NYS DOT website at: www.dot.ny.gov/regional-offices/region11/projects/kosciuszko-bridge-project. The action involves the replacement of the existing bridge by building a new permanent, parellel structure on the eastbound (Queens bound) side of the existing bridge. The new bridge would be built at a lower elevation to allow for reduced grades. When completed the Kosciuszko Bridge would include auxiliary lanes in both directions, carrying five lanes of eastbound traffic and four lanes of westbound traffic and have standard lane widths and shoulders. The new bridge would also include a bikeway/walkway on the north side of the bridge. The project is located at the Kosciuszko Birdge over the Newtown Creek in the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, New York.

Contact: Norik Tatevossian, NYS DOT - Region 11, Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4683, E-mail: kosciuszko@dot.state.ny.us.


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