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ENB - Region 2 Notices 07/14/2010

Public Notice

Joint Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period

Applicant and SEQR Lead Agency: New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373 (NYSDEC Application #0-9999-00051/00001/ NYCDEP CEQR No: 10DEP046U)

Title of Action: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC): Water Supply Permit Application Decision
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP): Continuing funding and implementation of the New York City Watershed Land Acquisition Program

Public Notice and Public Comment: A notice of public hearing was published on June 23, 2010 in NYS DEC's Environmental Notice Bulletin, the City Record, and in local newspapers located within the New York City Watershed. The notice provided for written comments to be submitted by the public by July 30, 2010. That time period is now being extended to September 15, 2010. All other public comments procedures remain the same including the public hearings scheduled to commence at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates: 1) Monday July 12, 2010, 6:00 p.m. at SUNY Delhi, Evenden Tower, Room 104, 2 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753, 2) Tuesday July 13, 2010, 6:00 p.m. at Hunter Elementary School, 7794 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442, 3) Wednesday July 14, 2010, 6:00 p.m. at Tri Valley High School, 34 Moore Hill Road, Grahamsville, NY 12740.

Written Comments: All comments must be filed with the NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, Region 4 Sub-Office, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Attention: Martha A. Wood, Project Manager. All written comments must be submitted (postmarked) by no later than September 15, 2010. Comments may also be submitted in electronic form to r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

For further information, please contact: Martha A. Wood, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, Region 4 Sub-Office, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7741, E-mail: mawood@gw.dec.state.ny.us. or Sangamithra Iyer, NYC DEP - Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, New York, 11373-5108, Phone: (718) 595-3585, E-mail: siyer@dep.nyc.gov.


New York State Office of General Services

Pursuant to Section 30-a of the Public Lands Law, the New York State Office of General Services hereby gives notice to the following:

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services has determined that the former Pyramid Reception Center, situated at 470 East 161st Street, Borough of the Bronx, Bronx County, improved with a four story brick building with a full basement and sub-basement and a guard shed, located on a .95 ± acre lot, is no longer useful or necessary for their purposes and has declared the same abandoned to the New York State Office of General Services for sale or other disposition as Unappropriated State land.

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Pohl, Esq.
Office of General Services
Legal Services
41st Floor, Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12242
Phone: (518) 474-8831
Fax: (518) 473-4973


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County (Queens) - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Luyster Creek Energy Project at the Astoria Generating Station 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 the close of business on October 20, 2010. Comments can be delivered by hand, or sent by regular mail, commercial delivery service, fax transmittal or email, to the NYS DEC contact person listed at the end of this notice. Public scoping sessions will be held on September 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Riccardo's By The Bridge, 21-01 24th Avenue, Astoria, New York. A Draft Scoping Document has been prepared by the project sponsor and is currently being circulated for public comment. It is available at NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html and the Luyster Creek Energy Project website: www.USPowerGen.com and at the following locations:

• NYS DEC Central Office - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-1750

• NYS DEC Region 2 Office - Division of Environmental Permits
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101

• Community Board 1
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106

• Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432

• Queens Borough Branch Public Library Astoria Branch
14-10 Astoria Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11102

The action involves two distinct components: the installation of an approximately 410 megawatt (MW) new combined cycle combustion turbine unit, and an emissions reduction strategy for the existing Astoria Generating Station (AGS). The new combustion turbine will be designed to start up and shutdown quickly, will utilize dry cooling, and have a stack height of approximately 180 feet. The project will be built on approximately 7.5 acres of the existing Fuel Oil Tank Farm (FOTF) parcel at the AGS within an area zoned for heavy manufacturing (industrial) use (M3-1). The new combustion turbine will be dual fuel-capable and burn natural gas as a primary fuel with ultra low sulfur diesel as backup fuel to be used for up to approximately 30 days annually. The use of ultra low sulfur diesel as backup fuel will require the addition of a new oil storage tank. Fuel delivery is currently via barge, and the Luyster Creek Energy Project will be electrically interconnecting into the grid via existing connections from the current units at AGS. The project is located along the East River, approximately 2,400 feet northeast of the Astoria Generating station at 18-01 20th Avenue in Astoria, Borough of Queens, New York.

Contact: Stephen Tomasik, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 486-9955.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 15 Penn Plaza. Copies of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed 15 Penn Plaza may be obtained from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, New York 10007, Attention: Celeste Evans, Phone: (212) 720-3321; or from the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, New York 10007, Attention: Robert Kulikowski, Phone: (212) 788-2937; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by the applicants, 401 Commercial LP and 401 Hotel REIT LLC, to redevelop the current site of the Hotel Pennsylvania with a new commercial office building, a redevelopment project known as 15 Penn Plaza. To provide the applicants with the flexibility to respond to market conditions, two options are proposed, a Single-Tenant Office Scenario and a Multi-Tenant Office Scenario. Both scenarios would consist of a new commercial office tower located above a podium base suitable for trading uses and new below-grade mass transit improvements. The Multi-Tenant Office Scenario would also accommodate retail uses in the podium base.

In order to develop this proposed project (either scenario), certain discretionary approvals are required from the New York City Planning Commission (NYC CPC). These actions include a zoning map amendment from C6-4.5 to C6-6, zoning text amendments modifying height and setback regulations and special permits. Thus, the proposed project is subject to environmental review under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) regulations and guidelines. The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) will act as the CEQR lead agency for this proposal. Approvals from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-New York City Transit (NYCT), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and Amtrak are required for the design and maintenance of the below-grade mass transit improvements. The entire rezoning area is the block bounded by Seventh Avenue on the west, West 32nd on the south, West 33rd Street on the north and Sixth Avenue on the east in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Celeste Evans, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, E-mail: C_Evans@planning.nyc.gov.



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