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ENB - Statewide Notices 10/13/2010

Public Notice

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 1, 2010 and applications will be accepted until October 31, 2010.

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 (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 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, 2010. Interactive versions of the NYEL Entry Tier Application and NYEL Leadership Tier Application forms are available for download on the NYS DEC 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.

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 13-0307 and 13-0319, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 41 pertaining to Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands of Hempstead Bay, Nicoll Bay, Three Mile Harbor, Hog Creek and West Creek. This notice will be published in issue 41 of the State Register, dated October 13, 2010.

For further information, please contact:

Gina Fanelli
NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0482
E-mail: gmfanell@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Notice of Proposed Consensus Rule Making

6 NYCRR Part 702, Derivation and Use Standards and Guidance Values

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Sections 3-0301, 15-0313, 17-0301, 17-0303, and 17-0809

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Water is seeking approval to propose revisions to 6 NYCRR Part 702, "Derivation and Use Standards and Guidance Values." The revisions will correct a long-standing technical error in Section 702.17, "Variances to effluent limitations based on standards and guidance values."

In 2003, NYS DEC repealed Part 754, "Provisions of SPDES Permits." However, two references to Part 754 in Section 702.17 were left in place. Rulemaking is necessary to remove the references to Part 754 and replace them with the appropriate citation.

6 NYCRR Section 702.17 currently contains references to Part 754 in 702.17(a)(4) and 702.17(b)(6). The proposed rulemaking will simply replace the above references to section 754.1 with references to subdivision (a) of Section 750-1.11, "Application of standards, limitations and other requirements."

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is expected to be published in the October 20, 2010 State Register.

For Further Information:

Robert Simson
NYS DEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY, 12233-3500
Phone: (518) 402-8271

Public Notice of a Negative Declaration prepared for an Amendment to the 1990 Generic Unit Management Plan for Campgrounds and Day Use Areas.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has prepared a Negative Declaration for the proposed amendment to the 1990 Generic Unit Management Plan (UMP) for Campgrounds and Day Use Areas. The generic UMP provides information on the environmental setting, inventory of facilities, organizational structure, issues, constraints, management objectives, and effects of various management actions for campgrounds and day use areas in the New York State Forest Preserve. The proposed amendment will allow for the construction of an Adirondack style storage building for storage of firewood at certain intensive use area facilities. The storage building will give NYS DEC the ability to provide firewood to campers and day use visitors. The purpose is to provide a source of safe firewood that will not serve as a potential vector for the spread of invasive pests in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

Forests in New York State have been significantly impacted in the past from the introduction of exotic insect and disease pests. The most notable of these include the gypsy moth, Dutch elm disease and chestnut blight. Today, a host of new invasives, including the emerald ash borer, Asian long horned beetle, sirex wood wasp, and hemlock wooly adelgid threaten native species including sugar maple, white pine, eastern hemlock, and white ash. The transport of untreated firewood over long distances from one region to another is a concern because it could help spread invasive insects and diseases.

NYS DEC manages 50 campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks along with 5 special use areas with picnic facilities which accommodate over 1,000,000 visitor days of use each season. Campsites and picnic areas typically include a fireplace or fire ring. The movement of firewood from areas that are infested with invasive forest insects and diseases can inadvertently result in their introduction into new areas.

The environmental assessment and resulting negative declaration of this proposal shows that no significant adverse environmental impacts will result by implementation of this objective.

Public comments are welcome and will be accepted by the contact person until October 27, 2010.

Project Location: Various Campgrounds and Day Use Areas in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.

Contact: Douglas E. Bernhard, General Manager of Forest Parks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12333-5253, Phone: (518) 457-2500, E-mail: debernha@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Environmental Board Meeting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Environmental Board will be held at 2:00 p.m., October 25, 2010 in Room 129 at the NYS DEC's main office at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.

The Board will consider the following rulemaking actions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC):

• Part 217, Motor Vehicle Emissions

• Part 218, Emissions Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines; and Part 200, General Provisions

• Part 247, Outdoor Wood Boilers; and Part 200, General Provisions

This meeting is open to the public.

This meeting will be webcast soon after the conclusion of the meeting. To observe the meeting go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/36245.html.

Contact: Ruth L. Earl, Executive Secretary State Environmental Board, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233.

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