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ENB - Statewide Notices 12/22/2010

Public Notice

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment - New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report

The New York State Climate Action Council announces the availability of the Climate Action Plan Interim Report for public review and comment.

On August 6, 2009, Governor David A. Paterson signed Executive Order 24, setting a goal to reduce New York State's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent below levels emitted in year 1990 by year 2050. The executive order also created the New York State Climate Action Council and directed it to prepare a plan to identify actions to achieve that goal, adapt to the effects of unavoidable climate change and stimulate a clean energy economy.

The Climate Action Council launched a process that brought together more than 100 technical experts and stakeholders and the broader public to identify and examine both mitigation and adaptation policy options, and to analyze the costs and benefits of adopting these policies. The preliminary results of this analysis have been summarized in the Interim Report.

Following review of public comment received on the Interim Report and additional analyses, including further evaluation of the effects of climate policy options on economic development and job creation, the Council will present a final Climate Action Plan in 2011.

All interested members of the public are invited to review and comment on the Interim Report. The 90 day public comment period will end on February 7, 2011. The Interim Report and instructions for submitting comments can be found at: http://www.nyclimatechange.us.

Public hearings on the Interim Report will be held in several locations across the state in early 2011.

Interested members of the public are encouraged to enroll on the Climate Action Plan mailing list (listserve) at: http://www.nyclimatechange.us to receive direct notification of public hearings and other information related to the Climate Action Plan.

Contact: Mark Lowery, NYS DEC - Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1030, Phone: (518) 402-8448, E-mail: Office of Climate Change.

Notice of Availability for Comment and Announcement of Public Information Meeting
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Pesticide Application to Surface Water of New York, Permit No. GP 0-11-001

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has made a tentative decision to issue this State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit that will authorize point source discharges of pesticides to, in or over surface waters of the State from application of New York State registered pesticides labeled for aquatic uses. The SPDES general permit requires a Notice of Intent submittal to NYS DEC in order to discharge under this general permit. Permittees must implement control measures that minimize these discharges while following the NYS DEC pesticide label application rates and shall ensure that the principles of Integrated Pest Management are evaluated for the pest control activity, when required. The discharge may also require a corresponding Article 15 (pesticide) or 24 (freshwater wetland) permit from NYS DEC. Where those authorizations are not required, the permittee may have to prepare a Pesticide Discharge Management Plan. The NYS DEC reserves the right to require any applicant seeking coverage under GP-0-11-001 to apply for an individual SPDES permit. The GP-0-11-001 is a five year permit.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
This project is an Unlisted Action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act and will not have a negative impact. A Negative Declaration is on file.

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
It has been determined that this project is not likely to cause any change, beneficial or adverse, in the quality of any historic, architectural, archeological, or cultural property that is listed on the National Registers of Historic Places or property listed on the State Register or determined to be eligible for listing on the State Register.

Coastal Management:
The proposed activity may be located in a coastal management area and would be subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Availability of Application Documents:
Copies of the draft permit, fact sheet and PDMP template are available on NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/70489.html or may be requested from the contact person.

A public meeting has been scheduled for:

Date: January 7, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: NYS DEC Headquarters,
Room 129 A and B
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Please remember to bring your driver's license and arrive 15 to 30 minutes before the meeting to allow entry through building security.

Directions: http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/244.html

Opportunity for Public Comment:
Written comments on the draft general permit must be submitted to the contact listed below by the close of business January 21, 2011, or 30 days after the publication date of this notice, whichever is later.

Contact: Kevin Roberts, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, E-mail: kjrobert@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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