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ENB - Statewide Notices 09/22/2010

Public Notice

Public Meeting Notice

Pursuant to Article 9, Title 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

The New York Invasive Species Council is convening its tenth regular meeting on:

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: New York State Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY

The Council comprises nine State agencies and is co-led by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

This meeting is open to the public. Attendees will be required to show a drivers license or other photo ID at the Security Desk.

Contacts:

Assistant Commissioner Christopher Amato
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
Phone: (518) 402-8533

Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline Moody-Czub
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
10 B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
Phone: (518) 457-0752


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

The 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 1st and applications will be accepted until October 31st.

NYEL, which is entering its third year of operation, 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. Detailed information about NYEL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html.

Those accepted as members in NYEL are considered a priority for relevant NYS DEC assistance. For instance, NYEL members will be rewarded with an invitation to apply for a summer intern to help out with an environmental project that goes beyond regulatory compliance through the NYS DEC's Pollution Prevention Intern Program. In addition, NYEL members have access to a NYEL contact, within NYS DEC. The NYEL contact will be available to assist with communication between the member and NYS DEC, and to help members garner assistance in their environmental goals from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (http://www.nysp2i.rit.edu/). NYEL members are also able to use the NYEL logo to promote their green practices and receive recognition from NYS DEC for their outstanding achievements.

NYEL provides flexibility to prospective applicants by offering two membership tiers, the entry tier and the leadership tier. In addition, NYEL is open to wide array of organizations including businesses, especially manufacturers, as well as organizations such as schools, hospitals, and local governments. For more information on which tier best fits your organization, please visit the Department's 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, 2010. Interactive versions of the NYEL Entry Tier Application and NYEL Leadership Tier Application forms are available for download on the NYS 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 Ryan Waldron, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9194, E-mail: rpwaldro@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Commissioner Policy CP-49:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has issued Commissioner Policy CP-49, "Climate Change and DEC Action." This policy will take effect on October 22, 2010.

In order to perform its core mission of conserving, improving, and protecting New York's natural resources and environment, the policy directs NYS DEC staff, to the extent applicable and within their existing statutory and regulatory authority, to incorporate climate change considerations in all aspects of its activities, including but not limited to decision-making, planning, permitting, remediation, rulemaking, grants administration, natural resource management, enforcement, land stewardship, facilities management, internal operations, contracting, procurement, and public outreach and education. This Policy includes five components that are intended to integrate climate change considerations into DEC activities:

1. Greenhouse gas reduction goals and the integration of specific mitigation objectives into applicable NYS DEC programs, actions and activities;

2. Climate change adaptation goals and the integration of specific mitigation objectives into applicable NYS DEC programs, actions and activities;

3. Climate change factors to guide NYS DEC programs, activities and decisions;

4. Designation of climate change coordinators and formation of NYS DEC Climate Action Team; and

5. Annual climate change programmatic review to identify specific actions that will be taken that further the Policy's climate change goals and objectives.

Notice of the proposed Commissioner Policy was published in the May 12, 2010 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin, which announced a comment period and the availability of the draft document for review. The public comment period ended on June 11, 2010. Several comments were received from the public. A summary of the responses to the comments was prepared. The policy is hereby issued as final with amendments responsive to the public comments.

The final Commissioner Policy and the responsiveness summary are available on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/65034.html.

Questions concerning the policy may be directed to: David G. Barnet, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, New York 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9234, from whom a copy of the policy may also be obtained.


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