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ENB - Region 6 Notices 3/4/2009

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Comment Period

Jefferson County - The New York State Deparment of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Hounsfield Wind Farm. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 18, 2009 at both 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Hounsfield Court Building, 411 West Washington Street, Sackets Harbor, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 29, 2009.

The Draft EIS is available for public review at the following:

Town of Hounsfield
Office of the Town Clerk
18774 County Route 66
Salt Point Road
Watertown, New York;

Hay Memorial Library
105 Broad Street
Sackets Harbor, New York

Henderson Free Library
8939 State Route 178
Henderson, New York

Online at the NYS DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html and the Upstate NY Power Corp. website at: http://upstatenypower.com/SEQRA.html.

The action involves the proposal by the applicant Upstate NY Power Corp (Upstate Power) to construct the Hounsfield Wind Farm, a wind-powered electric generating facility. The Proposed Action will consist of the installation and operation of up to 84 wind turbine generators (WTG) for the purpose of generating up to 252 Megawatts (MW) of electricity. Project components include WTG with a 90 meter rotor diameter and a hub height of 80 meters, for a total maximum height of 125 meters (410 feet) from blade tip to ground, a 34.5 KV electrical collection system (ECS) connecting all WTG to an on-island electrical substation, approximately 17.25 miles of private service roads (up to 38 feet wide), one permanent meteorological tower approximately 80 meters in height, maintenance and operation facilities housed in two buildings of approximately 20,000 square feet each, a temporary rock crushing facility and concrete batch plant, permanent and temporary housing facilities for construction, operation and maintenance staff, a potable and fire protection lake water intake system, a sewage treatment system, an auxiliary power generating system, a closed loop geothermal heating and cooling system for permanent residential facilities, a channel slip and offloading/storage area, and a helicopter pad. In addition, Upstate Power intends to construct a 50.6 mile transmission line (approximately 2.6 miles on island, 9 miles under Lake Ontario, and 39.0 miles across the mainland), together with interconnection facilities (substations) and other related facilities subject to review by the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) under Public Service Law Article VII. The project is located on Galloo Island in Lake Ontario, approximately 6 miles from the closest mainland shoreline (Stony Point in the Town of Henderson) and approximately 8 miles west of the Village of Sackets Harbor, in the Town of Hounsfield, New York.

Contact: Stephen Tomasik, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 486-9955.

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