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ENB Region 4 Completed Applications 11/10/2010

Albany County

Applicant:

Albany Medical Center
47 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208 -3412

Facility:

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208

Application ID:

4-0101-00036/02002

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Air State Facility

Project is Located:

Albany, Albany County


Project Description:

The Department has proposed a new Air State Facility permit for the Albany Medical Center facility located on 43 New Scotland Avenue, City of Albany. The facility is proposing to install a nominal 4.6 megawatt (MW) cogeneration project to produce electrical power and steam for the medical complex. The modification will include a single Solar Mercury 50 natural gas-fired combustion turbine along with a nominal 50 million Btu/hr duct burner and a heat recovery steam generator. The project will also include a black start diesel generator to start the gas turbine in the event of a power failure of the area electrical grid. Conditions are included in the permit to limit the emissions of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides to prevent the facility from contributing to a violation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

The turbine and generator will be housed in a new building that will be constructed on the grounds of the medical center on the south side of Myrtle Avenue and east of South Lake Avenue. Two existing buildings on the property would need to be removed, along with an existing parking lot, in order to make room for the new building.

Persons wishing to inspect the draft permit and the application files with all relevant supporting materials available to the DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to this permitting decision, should contact the DEC representative at the address below. It is recommended that an appointment be made to confirm the availability of the subject files. The DEC will endeavor to make the files available within two business days of contact, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. through 4:45 p.m.), unless the requestor wishes to inspect the files at a later date.

DEC will evaluate the application and the comments received on it to determine whether to hold a public hearing. A public hearing may be legislative or adjudicatory. A legislative public hearing is a proceeding which provides an additional opportunity for public comment. DEC's determination to hold a legislative public hearing will be based on whether a significant degree of public interest exists. If a legislative public hearing is to be held, a Notice of Hearing will be published which will include the time and place of the hearing and submitting comments.

The applicant and all persons who have filed comments on the permit will be notified by mail of the public hearing. Comments and requests for a legislative hearing should be in writing and addressed to the Department representative listed below.

An adjudicatory public hearing is a trial type proceeding which provides the opportunity for adjudication on the basis of evidence, including direct testimony and cross examination. An adjudicatory hearing is held only if substantive and significant issues relating to any findings or determinations the Department is required to make pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law exist. A copy of the Department's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the Department's web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.

If comments are received which raise significant issues or provide additional relevant information, the Department may modify the draft permit.

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:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

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 not located in a Coastal Management area and is not 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 Dec 10, 2010.

Contact:

Angelo A Marcuccio
NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518)357-2069
dep.r4@dec.ny.gov


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