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ENB - Statewide Notices 10/14/2009

Public Notice

New York State Department of Environmental Consevation's New York Environmental Leaders Program Open Enrollment Period

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is accepting applications for the New York Environmental Leaders Program (NYEL). The open enrollment period began on September 1, 2009 and applications will be accepted until October 31, 2009.

NYEL provides recognition and incentives to New York State companies and organizations that can demonstrate the use of pollution prevention practices, beyond compliance performance, or sustainable business practices as a result of their participation in NYEL. NYEL provides flexibility to prospective applicants by offering two membership tiers, the entry tier and the leadership tier.

Detailed information about NYEL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html.

If your organization is interested in becoming a NYEL member during this open enrollment period, a NYEL application form for the tier your facility intends to apply for must be completed and returned by October 31, 2009. Interactive versions of the NYEL Entry Tier Application and NYEL Leadership Tier Application forms are available for download on the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html.

If you have any questions, require any additional information, or experience problems down loading the applications, please do not hesitate to contact: John Vana, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9469.

Notice of Proposed 2010 Atlantic Ocean Surfclam Annual Harvest Limit

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Section 13-0309 and Subpart 43-2 of Title 6 of the New York Codes Rules and Regulations, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is proposing to establish the 2010 annual harvest limit for surfclams taken by mechanical means from the certified waters of the Atlantic Ocean at 300,000 industry standard bushels which would maintain the level of harvest at the limit set in 2009. NYS DEC completed a surfclam population assessment survey in the New York State waters of the Atlantic Ocean in 2008. The results of the survey reported a surfclam population estimate (biomass or volume) of 6.9 million industry standard bushels, a decrease of 27% since the 2006 survey. Additionally, the total number of clams decreased to 775 million clams in 2008 representing a 22% decline since the 2006 survey. The proposed annual harvest limit of 300,000 industry standard bushels is necessary in order to protect the long-term sustainability of the resource and economic viability of the surfclam industry. NYS DEC will announce the annual harvest limit for 2010 no later than November 15, 2009 for an effective date of January 1, 2010 after taking into consideration public comment and any other relevant fishery related information.

Written comments on the proposed 2010 Atlantic Ocean surfclam annual harvest limit will be accepted by mail, email, or fax until close of business, Monday, November 2, 2009.

Comments should be sent to:

Debra A. Barnes
NYS DEC - Region 1
Marine Resources Headquarters
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733
Phone: (631) 444-0483
Fax: (631) 444-0496
Email: dabarnes@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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