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ENB - Region 7 Notices 5/27/2009

Negative Declaration

Broome County - The Town of Chenango Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rezone of 2518 NYS Route 12 (St. Rita's Church) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the change of zone from Residential to Neighborhood Commercial. The applicant is proposing to relocate two businesses into the former St. Rita's Church location. One being a health care consulting practice and the other a scrapbook business. The adjoining properties are residential, agricultural and neighborhood commercial. There is ample parking to support both businesses. Occasionally they will hold evening and weekend classes for the scrapbook business. Both businesses will be low intensity and there is no plans to add or modify the existing building. The project is located at 2518 NYS Route 12 in the Town of Chenango, New York.

Contact: Margaret A. Turna, Town of Chenango, 1529 NYS Route 12, Binghamton, NY 13901, Phone: (607) 648-4809.


Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Site Preparation, Chenango RA #35, Stand 55.1 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves herbicide application to reduce the number of American beech and striped maple saplings in the forest understory on 30 acres of State forest land. The objective is to create favorable growing conditions for desired northern hardwood tree species. The action is to take place on 30 acres of a 116 acre stand of Northern Hardwood-Hemlock cover type. The 30 acres is divided into 45 separate target groups, ranging in size from 0.25 to 1.0 acres. Application method used will be by backpack sprayer applying herbicide(s) only to the target species within the application area. The project is located on the Chenango Reforestation Area #35, Stand C-55.1 on the north side of Round Pond Road in the Town of Smithville, New York.

Contact: Andrew Goeller, NYS DEC - Region 6, Sherburne Sub-Office, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460-4507, Phone: (607) 674-4036.


Onondaga County - The Village of Elbridge, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ultraviolet (UV) Water Treatment Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of an ultraviolet light water treatment facility, as required by Long Term II Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. The new facility will serve existing consumers in the Village of Elbridge, Village of Jordan and the Town of Elbridge. The project is located at 240 West Main Street in the Village of Elbridge, New York.

Contact: Henry A. Doerr, Village of Elbridge, 210 West Main Street, P.O. Box 267, Village of Elbridge, NY 13060, Phone: (315) 689-3404, E-mail: hdoerr@twcny.rr.com.


Oswego County - The Town of Volney, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed County Routes 176/45 Water District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of 10,000 feet of 8 inch and 10 inch water main, hydrants, valves and water service laterals. All main line work will be in the road rights-of-way. The project is located along portions of County Route 45, portions of County Route 176, and a small portion of County Route 4 in the Town of Volney, New York.

Contact: Dennis Lockwood, Town of Volney, 1445 County Route 6, Fulton, NY 13069, Phone: (315) 593-3508, E-mail: volneytc@twcny.rr.com.


Tompkins County - The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Demolition of Garage at 108 Elston Place, East Hill Historic District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the demolition of a garage. The project is located at 108 Elston Place in the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Leslie Chatterton, Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission, 108 East Green Street, City Hall, 3rd Floor, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 274-6550, E-mail: lesliec@cityofithaca.org.



Notice of Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Oswego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC or Department), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Nine Mile Point 3 Nuclear Power Plant may have a significant impact on the environment. Nine Mile Point 3 is a 1600 MW nuclear power plant being proposed by Nine Mile Point 3 Nuclear Project, LLC ( a subsidiary of Unistar Nuclear). The project is to be located adjacent to Nine Mile Point Units 1 and 2 on Lake Shore Road in the Town of Scriba, New York.

Pursuant to the Department's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 617, the Department has prepared a positive declaration and is requiring the project sponsor to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). As part of the preparation of the DEIS, the Department has determined that scoping be conducted. Scoping provides the public with the opportunity to comment on what information and analyses should be included in the DEIS.

In addition to a state environmental review, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is managing a federal environmental review to satisfy the requirements set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act (the federal equivalent to SEQR). As such, NRC is causing the preparation of a federal DEIS for the project. Pursuant to NEPA, the NRC is conducting public scoping and is accepting public comments either orally at scoping meetings scheduled for June 10, 2009 and in writing by July 20, 2009.

There will be two scoping sessions held on June 10, 2009 at SUNY Oswego, Sheldon Hall, 7060 State Route 104, Oswego, New York. An afternoon session will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. This session will be preceded by an open house from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. During the open house session members of the public may meet NRC staff and ask questions about the state and federal environmental review process. Written and oral comments will be accepted during the afternoon session. An evening session will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m and will be an open house format as described above. A court reporter will be present if a member of the public wishes to make an oral statement or submit comments in writing.

The Department has decided that, in lieu of holding a separate public scoping meeting and comment period, the Department will accept, for SEQR scoping purposes on its DEIS, the comments provided by the public in the NRC scoping forum. Therefore, NYS DEC staff will participate and be available at the above reference NRC scoping meetings.

For a draft scope, the public should refer to the Environmental Report (ER) submitted by the project sponsor to the NRC with its Combined License Application (COLA). The ER and the COLA can be viewed on the NRC website at: https://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/nine-mile-point.html. The ER also is available at the Oswego Public Library, 120 East First Street, Oswego, New York and at the SUNY Oswego Penfield Library, 7060 State Route 104, Oswego, New York.

If they chose, an individual may submit a comment directly to the Department. Like the NRC, the Department will accept written scoping comments that are postmarked by July 20, 2009. Such comments should be directed to:

Christopher M. Hogan
NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-1750

In addition, the Department also will consider, for SEQR scoping purposes, those written comments submitted to the NRC.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Cortland County - The Town of Virgil Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Empress Development, Inc. Virgil Country Store. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on June 22, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Virgil Town Hall. The draft DEIS is available in limited number from the contact person listed below and on the Town website at: www.virgilny.com. The action involves the construction of a new convenience store and gas station on a 2 acre parcel of land.. The project is located at the northeast intersection of Route 13 and Webb Road in the Town of Virgil, New York.

Contact: Bonnie Hand, Town of Virgil, Virgil Town Hall, 1176 Church Street, Cortland, NY 13045, Phone: (607) 835-6174.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Madison County - The Town of Cazenovia Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Application (treatment) of herbicide Renovate OTF to portions of Cazenovia Lake. The action involves the treatment of portions of Cazenovia Lake through the application of the herbicide "Renovate" to major portions of Cazenovia Lake. The treatment is designed to address the continued presence of the invasive aquatic plant species Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) which had dominated the Lake surface area in recent years. There will be multiple areas proposed for the initial application. The project is located on Cazenovia Lake in the Town of Cazenovia, New York.

Contact: Elizabeth C. Moran, Town of Cazenovia, 7 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035, Phone: (315) 655-9213.




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