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ENB - Region 4 Notices 02/17/2010

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The Town of Deposit Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wood Pellet Manufacturing Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by Deposit Wood Pellet, LLC a wholly-owned subsidiary of New England Wood Pellet, LLC, to purchase, modify existing structures, and construct new structures on the former Norbord Industries' site for the purpose of operating a 100,000 ton per year wood pellet manufacturing facility. Project elements consist of: the demolition of the existing chipper (4,000 square feet) and boiler (4,400 square feet) buildings; removal of the existing six (6) storage silos and installation of three (3) new storage silos; construction of a new 40,000 + square feet green wood storage canopy building; modifications to a portion (14,000 + square feet) of the existing manufacturing building (including increasing the building height by 20 to 30 feet, decreasing the building width by 20 feet, increasing the building length by 40 feet, and adding a 20 foot by 60 foot bump-out for an office/bathroom area); construction of a new green wood in-feed building (2,250 + square feet); and associated site work including grading, repaving/paving, installation of a new septic system, and storm water management. The project is located at 1480 Airport Road in the Town of Deposit, New York.

Contact: Marty Bachrach, Town of Deposit, 3 Elm Street, Deposit, NY 13754, Phone: (607) 467-2433.

Positive Declaration and Public Scopings

Delaware, Greene and Schoharie Counties - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Extended New York City Watershed Land Acquisition Program 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 until April 5, 2010. Public scoping sessions will be held on March 23, 2010, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Tannersville Elementary School, 7794 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442 and on March 24, 2010, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Courthouse, 3 Court Street, Delhi, NY 13753. The Draft Scope is avaialable for review on the NYC DEP website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_reviews/index.shtml.

The NYC DEP is applying for a new water supply permit to continue the watershed Land Acquisition Program (LAP) in the watersheds that constitute the New York City surface water supply system. The proposed project would require approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC).

The goal of the City's Land Acquisition Program (LAP) is to acquire fee simple and conservation easement interests in real property to protect environmentally-sensitive land in the New York City watershed as a part of the City's overall Watershed Protection Program. LAP is a key component of the City's efforts to continue to provide high quality drinking water without filtration of the Catskill-Delaware (Cat-Del) System, which provides water to over 9 million residents of the City and nearby communities in New York State. Since its creation in the 1990s, LAP has protected, through acquisition, over 100,000 acres of land in the 1 million-acre Cat-Del System. Together with lands protected by the State and other entities, these acquisitions have raised the level of permanently protected land in the Cat-Del System from 24 percent in 1997 to 34 percent today.

NYC DEP initially sought to establish a land acquisition program as a condition of the approval of the first Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD), issued by the Unite States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 1993. In August 1993 the NYC DEP applied for a Water Supply Permit (WSP) from NYS DEC. In January 1997, the NYC DEP received a WSP issued by NYS DEC. The NYS DEC authorizes land acquisition for water supply purposes. The WSP was issued for a ten-year period (through January 2007), with a five-year renewal option (through January 2012), which was exercised. NYC DEP is submitting an application for a new WSP in order to continue LAP purchases beyond January 2012 for the Catskill, Delaware, and Croton Watersheds.

The project is located in the New York City Watershed in the counties of Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester, New York.

Contact: Mark Page, Jr., 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4395, E-mail: mpage@dep.nyc.gov.

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