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ENB - Region 4 Notices 1/19/2011

Public Notice

Supplemental Notice of Complete Application

Lafarge Building Materials, Inc.
US Route 9W
Ravena, New York 12143
Town of Coeymans, Albany County

Project Title:
Lafarge Ravena Plant Modernization Project

Permit and Application Numbers:
Title V Facility Permit, DEC #4-0124-00001/00112
State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit, DEC #4-0124-00001/00057

Project Description:
Lafarge Building Materials, Inc. proposes to modernize and expand its existing cement manufacturing facility in the Town of Coeymans in Albany County by replacing the existing "wet" cement-making process with a more energy efficient "dry" cement-making process. The investment in the facility upgrades will be several hundred million dollars, and the facility will employ approximately 180 people.

The original combined public notice for this project appeared in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on November 24, 2010 and in the Times Union newspaper on November 26, 2010. The reason for this supplemental notice is due to a change in federal regulations that transferred the responsibility for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on December 17, 2010. This supplemental notice is intended to inform the public and interested parties that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is conducting the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) review contained in 40 CFR 52 and has made a tentative determination that the construction and operation of the facility satisfies the federal requirements contained in 40 CFR 52. The above listed Title V permit includes conditions (12-8, 12-9, 12-53) for controlling the following PSD affected air pollutants with the Best Available Control Technology (BACT): Carbon monoxide (CO) and Carbon dioxide (CO2). The NYS DEC has tentatively determined that the emissions of the PSD affected air pollutants will not cause or significantly contribute to the exceedence of National Primary or Secondary Ambient Air Quality Standards, and will not consume more than the allowable PSD air quality increment where one exists.

Lafarge Building Materials facility is located approximately one mile west of the Hudson River, east of U.S. Route 9W, south of Old Ravena Road, and north of the Village of Ravena, in the Town of Coeymans, Albany County, New York. The facility is approximately 2.25 miles north of the intersection of NYS Route 143 and Route 9W.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
The project is a Type I action. A coordinated review was performed and a positive declaration was issued on August 21, 2008. The applicant has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this action, and the NYS DEC as SEQR Lead Agency has accepted the DEIS document as being complete and adequate for public review.

SEQR Lead Agency:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Uniform Procedures Act (UPA):
The Air Title V and SPDES applications are considered Major permits under this act. NYS DEC has prepared draft permits and has made tentative determinations to issue the Title V Air Facility permit and the State Pollution Discharge Elimination (SPDES) permit for the facility. Persons wishing to inspect the Title V files or the SPDES files, including the applications with all relevant supporting materials, the draft permits, and all other materials available to the NYS DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to these permitting decisions should contact the DEC representative listed below. The draft Air Title V permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the NYS DEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32249.html. Other project documents including the DEIS and draft air and SPDES permits are available for review at: http://lafargeravenafacts.com/.

Air Title V permit:
In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7 (b)(9) and 201-6.4(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6NYCRR Part 201.

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no adverse impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures.

Statutory and Regulatory Provisions:
This application was filed and reviewed pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 3, Title 3 (General Functions), Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review), and Article 70 (Uniform Procedures); and pursuant to Title 6 of Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6NYCRR) Part 617 (State Environmental Quality Review), Part 621 (Uniform Procedures), Parts 200-317 (Air Resources) and Parts 750-757 (Division of Water).

Legislative Hearing:
On January 20, 2011, NYS DEC will hold a legislative public hearing pursuant to 6 NYCRR Section 617.9(a)(4) commencing at 6:00 p.m. at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School auditorium located at 2025 Route 9W, Ravena, NY.
All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to notify NYS DEC in advance to speak at the legislative hearing. NYS DEC will afford equal weight to both oral and written statements. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. The presiding Administrative Law Judge may set reasonable time limits for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. The High School is fully accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to the hearing impaired at no charge upon written request to the NYS DEC contact person named below, no less than one week prior to the hearing, pursuant to the State Administrative Procedures Act (SAPA) § 202(1).

Public Comment and Review Process
The public comment period remains unchanged from the original Combined Notice. The public comment period commenced on November 24, 2010 and will continue for 90 days until February 22, 2011. Written comments submitted to NYS DEC during this comment period, and oral comments given at the Legislative Hearing are considered as part of the record. At the conclusion of the public comment period, NYS DEC will determine whether substantive or significant issues have been raised in the public comments or legislative hearing as defined in 6NYCRR Part 621.8 to warrant an Adjudicatory Hearing/Issues Conference or whether the permit should be issued without any further review. In order to raise substantive and significant issues written comments expressing objections to or opposition to the application must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead NYS DEC to deny or impose significant new permit conditions on the project. If no issues are raised to warrant further adjudication, NYS DEC will proceed to: develop a response to comments for inclusion in the Final EIS; provide public notice of the approval of the permits and acceptance of the Final EIS; and issue the requested permits.

Availability of Documents:
The draft Air Title V permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the NYS DEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32249.html. Project documents including the DEIS and draft permits are available for review at: http://lafargeravenafacts.com. In addition, copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and draft permits are available for review at the following locations:

NYS DEC - Region 4 Office
1130 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306

Coeyman's Town Hall
18 Russell Avenue
Ravena, NY 12143

Stuyvesant Town Hall
5 Sunset Drive
Stuyvesant, NY 12173

Chatham Town Hall
488 State Route 295
Chatham, NY 12037

Kinderhook Town Hall
4 Church Street, P.O. Box P
Niverville, NY 12130

Schodack Town Hall
265 Schuurman Road
Castleton, NY 12033

New Baltimore Town Hall
3809 County Route 51
Hannacroix, NY 12087

Kinderhook Memorial Library
18 Hudson Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106

North Chatham Free Library
Main Street, Route 203
North Chatham, NY 12132

RCS Community Library
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143

Chatham Public Library
11 Woodbridge Avenue
Chatham, NY 12037

Valatie Free Library
3203 Church Street
Valatie, NY 12184

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Written comments may be submitted to NYS DEC:
1) Hand delivered at the legislative hearing on January 20, 2011;
2) Hand delivered or mailed to the NYS DEC - Region 4 office listed in this Notice;
3) Faxed to the NYS DEC - Region 4 office at (518) 357-2460; and
4) E-mailed to the NYS DEC - Region 4 office at: dep.r4@dec.ny.gov

Oral comments may be delivered at the public meeting on January 20, 2011.

All comments are to be addressed to the attention of the Sarah H. Evans at the address below and received by NYS DEC no later than Close of Business (4:45 p.m.) on February 22, 2011.

NYS DEC Contact Person:
Sarah H. Evans
NYS DEC - Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, New York 12306
Phone: (518) 357-2069

Negative Declaration

Schenectady County - The Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed YMCA Redevelopment Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the acquisition by the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority of the YMCA Site via negotiate purchase. The four-story structure totals about 104,000 square feet. The acquisition enables the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority to bolster and stimulate revitalization of lower State Street by considering adaptive reuse concepts of the YMCA Site thereby creating employment opportunities, adding tax base and accelerating business development in and around the lower State Street corridor.

The proposed action involves a planned transition of residents from the YMCA Site with housing at alternative locations. Units at the current facility measure about 90 square feet each with no air conditioning. Up to 188 male residents occupy the building. While some of the population is capable of independent living within the community, residents will have the option to relocate. The facility at the Broadway Site is under consideration for redevelopment as residential use with approximately 155 units of subsidized rental housing and the provision of ancillary supervised supportive services. The existing building at the Broadway site will be reused, much as the adjacent building was rehabilitated and reused for the Schenectady County Department of Social Services. While parking will be provided at the site for most if not all of the residents, public transportation, which is provided along Broadway, will be the primary means of transportation rather than individual vehicles. The entire Broadway site has been disturbed by previous land uses and has no natural resources of any significance.

The project is located at 13 State Street (YMCA Site) and 845 Broadway (Broadway Site) in the City of Schenectady, New York.

Contact: Jayme Lahut, Schenectady Metroplex Develeopment Authority, 433 State Street, 4th Floor, Schenectady, NY 12305, Phone: (518) 377-1109 ext 102, E-mail: jlahut@schenectadymetroplex.org.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Rensselaer County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Grafton Lakes State Park may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public information meeting will be held on January 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tamarac High School Auditorium, Brunswick, New York. The meeting will consist of an overview of the park and its resources, the master planning process and an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide input into the master plan for the park. For more information about the public meeting contact Grafton Lakes State Park at: (518) 279-1155. The action involves the development, adoption and implementation of a comprehensive master plan for the 2,545 acre Grafton Lakes State Park. Proposed development may include new trails, new buildings and additional recreational uses and facilities within the park. The Master Plan will guide development and management of the park over the next several decades. The project is located at the Grafton Lakes State Park on Long Pond Road in the Town of Grafton, New York.

Contact: Thomas Lyons, NYS OPRHP, Agency Building 1, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409, E-mail: thomas.lyons@oprhp.state.ny.us.

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