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ENB Region 2 Completed Applications 04/21/2010

Kings County

Applicant:

NYC Dept of Environmental Protection
96-05 Horace Harding Expwy
Flushing, NY 11368

Facility:

NYCDEP - Paerdegat Basin Cso Facility
1887 Ralph & Flatlands Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11236

Application ID:

2-6105-00203/00034

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Article 25 Tidal Wetlands
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project is Located:

Brooklyn, Kings County


Project Description:

The Applicant proposes to restore approximately 52 acres of coastal habitat along Paerdegat Basin in the borough of Brooklyn, including 6.1 acres of intertidal wetland, 41.3 acres of maritime grassland and create a 5.1 acre Ecology Park. These areas will eventually be turned over to NYC Parks and the Ecology Park will have limited public access areas.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

A final environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYC Dept of Environmental Protection

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 06, 2010.

Contact:

Steve A Watts
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21ST St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
r2dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Queens County

Applicant:

Astoria Gas Turbine Power LLC
4401 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314

Facility:

Astoria Gas Turbine Power
31-01 20TH Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

Application ID:

2-6301-00191/00024

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Air Title V Facility
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES - Surface Discharge
Article 19 Title IV (Phase II Acid Rain)

Project is Located:

Queens, Queens County


Project Description:

Notice of Complete Application and Notice of Legislative Hearing

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), draft Title IV and Title V air permits, and draft Industrial SPDES permit modification for the Astoria Repowering Project ("Repowering Project"), are complete for the purposes of public review and comment. The Department has prepared draft permits and has made a tentative determination to approve the application of Astoria Gas Turbine LLC (Applicant) for a Repowering Project that will remove the existing 31 Westinghouse and Pratt & Whitney simple cycle combustion turbines, and replace them with four combined cycle combustion turbines. The Repowering Project will be conducted in two phases. In Phase I, the seven existing Westinghouse combustion turbines will be removed and replaced with two GE Frame 7FA combined cycle combustion turbines. In Phase II, the existing 24 Pratt & Whitney combustion turbines will be removed and replaced with two GE Frame 7FA combined cycle combustion turbines. The GE Frame 7FA units are primarily gas fired with limited oil backup. The project will replace the current 600 megawatts (MW) of electrical generation capacity with 1040 MW of electrical generation capacity, with no significant net air emission increases (most air pollutant emissions will decrease). Therefore, this project will not be subject to any new source review requirements. Additionally, the Industrial SPDES modification will authorize discharge of 40-80 gallons per minute of reverse osmosis discharge water associated with operation of the facility.

The two Phase I GE Frame 7FA units will be placed at the NRG Astoria site on land currently occupied by the Westinghouse turbines. The two Phase II units will be placed on land now occupied by the Pratt & Whitney turbines. As a result, no change in the size of the total facility (15 acres) is planned and no development of currently undeveloped land is planned for this project. Construction activities will include placement of pilings and clean fill for the combustion turbine buildings and support equipment. Additional clean fill from offsite will be required to standardize the current elevation of the construction area for the new units. The facility is located at 31-01 20th Ave., Long Island City (Astoria), Queens County, New York, within the larger 600+ acre Astoria ConEd Complex).

In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(9) and 201-6.4(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6NYCRR Part 201.

Persons wishing to inspect the subject Title V files, including the application with all relevant supporting materials, the draft permit, and all other materials available to the DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to this permitting decision should contact the DEC representative listed below. The Draft Permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32249.html.

DEC will evaluate the application and the comments received on it to determine whether to hold a public hearing. Comments and requests for a public hearing should be in writing and addressed to the Department representative listed below. A copy of the Department's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY:
The DEIS, Title IV and V applications, Industrial SPDES application, the draft permit, and all relevant supporting materials are available for inspection at DEC (the "permitting authority") by contacting the DEC representative listed below, or by downloading or reviewing the documents at the following locations:


Available on-line at any time:
DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/54633.html
NRG Astoria Gas Turbine LLC website: http://www.nrgenergy.com/news-center/astoria/documents.htm

Available during normal business hours:
Queens Community Board 1
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106
Tel: (718) 786-3335


Queens Public Library, The Steinway Branch, 21-45 31st Street, Long Island City,
New York 11105, (718) 728-1965


Queens Public Library, The Astoria Branch, 14-01 Astoria Boulevard, Long Island City,
New York 11102, (718) 278-2220


DEC Region 2 Office, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. Phone: 718-482-4997.


PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT:
A legislative public hearing session for the receipt of public comments on the DEIS, permit application, and draft permits will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 4 PM and 7 PM, with an open house held at 3 PM and 6 PM. The public hearing and open house will be held at the following location:
Riccardo's, 21-01 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102

For directions, you may access their website at www.riccardos.com All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies that may be affected by the Repowering Project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments on the application. Lengthy comments should be submitted in writing, and equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. A copy of DEC's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the DEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html. Parties may also file written comments to the NYSDEC representative listed below. All written comments must be postmarked no later than Monday, June 21, 2010.

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during the normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

This project is subject to the Department's Environmental Justice Policy and an enhanced public participation plan has been prepared and accepted as a component of application completeness. As part of the plan, a document repository has been established near the project area that contains application and project related materials. Information on the repository location and other outreach components of the plan is available from the identified DEC contact.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A cultural resources survey has been completed. The report of the survey is on file. No archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29)

The proposed action is subject to CP-29. An enhanced public participation plan was submitted by the applicant and has become part of the complete application.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than June 21, 2010.

Contact:

Stephen M Tomasik
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us


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