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ENB - Region 4 Notices 7/15/2009

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft TMDLs

This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address each of three specific waterbodies:

Peach Lake, Putnam and Westchester Counties
Snyders Lake, Rensselaer County
Summit Lake, Schoharie County

These are lakes that are impaired by phosphorus. Public comment on these documents will be accepted for 30 days, through August 14, 2009.

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA's) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.

The proposed phosphorus TMDL for Peach Lake will rely on the elimination of loading from on-site septic systems by sewering the watershed to address existing water quality impairments. The Snyders Lake TMDL will focus on reductions from developed land regulated under the general permit for stormwater (MS4 program). The Summit Lake TMDL recommends load reductions from on-site septic systems as the most technically achievable method of addressing existing water quality impairments.

Information: Copies of the proposed draft plans can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html#small, or by contacting the NYS DEC Bureau of Water Assessment and Management by mail at: 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at: (518) 402-8179, or via email at: dmwicker@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Comments should be sent, written or via email, to the same addresses. Comments received by close of business August 14, 2009 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDLs to the EPA for approval.

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The New York State Police, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York State Police Troop G Campus Relocation (NYSOGS Project No. 43297) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal to relocate its existing Troop G Headquarter operations to new facilities to be constructed on a 42 ± acre site. Construction at the new Troop G campus site will be completed in two building phases, including early site construction activities consisting of the installation of erosion and sedimentation controls (E&SC) and storm water controls, site clearing and grading activities, site preparation for construction activities, demolition and removal of existing structures including the removal of potentially hazardous materials, extension of utilities to the project site and site stabilization. Phase 1 will include two new buildings and associated parking spaces consisting of a two-story State Police Headquarters and a one-story Vehicle Maintenance Facility/Quartermaster (VMF/QM) building and ancillary facilities related to storm water management, security, communications, and bulk storage. Phase 2 will include a future three-story New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) building, associated parking spaces and a future storm water management facility. The project is located at 760 Troy-Schenectady Road in the Town of Colonie, New York.

Contact: Janet Hunter, New York State Office of General Services, The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, Phone: (518) 402-5681, E-mail: Janet.Hunter@ogs.state.ny.us.

Albany County - The New York Power Authority (NYPA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Installation of New Chiller and Cooling Tower at the City of Cohoes Public Library will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of two multistack MS-20 chillers in place of the existing chiller, which is located in the basement. This will involve construction of a new 4 foot X 10 foot concrete pad and installation of a new cooling tower in the rear outside of the building. The existing cooling tower will be abandoned in place. The City of Cohoes Public Library is located within a historic district and as such any proposed actions taken or funded by the Authority require analysis as a Type I Action as required under our State Environmental Quality Review (SEQRA) guidelines. The installation of the new cooling tower will not be visible from any road. Therefore, this project will have no adverse impact to said property listed in the State and National Register of Historic Places. The project is located at the City of Cohoes Public Library, 126 Mohawk Street in the City of Cohoes, New York.

Contact: John Kahabka, 123 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601, Phone: (914) 681-6308, E-mail: john/kahabka@nypa.gov.

Montgomery County - The Village Board of the Village of Fort Plain, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water System Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposed water system improvements project which includes three components; disinfection byproduct reduction systems, transmission main replacement, and water storage tank replacement and improvements. The project is located in the Village of Fort Plain, New York.

Contact: Guy J. Barton, Village of Fort Plain, 168 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339, Phone: (518) 993-4271.

Rensselaer County - The Town of North Greenbush Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of North Greenbush LL #1 of 2009 - Eastwyck Village Senior Apartments Rezone will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of the Town of North Greenbush LL #1 of 2009 prepared for the Eastwyck Village Senior Apartments rezone application. The proposed adoption would change the zoning district of the property from Professional Business District (PBD) and Residential Single Family (RS) to Senior Housing District (SC) to allow for the construction of a 144 unit senior citizen apartment complex to be known as Eastwyck Village with public water and public anitary services. The project is located at Best Road and NYS Route 43 in the Town of North Greenbush, New York.

Contact: Thomas Murley, Town of North Greenbush, Town Hall, Wynantskill, NY 12198, Phone: (518) 283-2714, E-mail: murley@townofng.com.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Schenectady County - The Town of Glenville, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Graziano Use Variance. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on July 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Glenville Municipal Center. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 6, 2009. A copy of the DEIS is available from the contact person listed below. The action involves the proposed construction of a single family residence on a 25,491 square foot parcel of land. This parcel is located in the 100 year flood hazard area and in the Land Conservation Zoning District. The project is located south of Riverside Place in the Town of Glenville, New York.

Contact: Paul Borisenko, Town of Glenville, 18 Glenridge Road, Glenville, NY 12302, Phone: (518) 688-1200.

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