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ENB - Region 9 Notices 5/25/2011

Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Niagara Falls International Airport Runway Expansion and Related Actions will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. A 2002 New York State Department of Transportation Runway Safety Area Study identified that Runway 6-24 at the Niagara Falls International Airport (NFIA) was inconsistent with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runway safety area (RSA) standards.

To bring the NFIA into compliance with FAA standards, the Lead Agency is undertaking three related actions collectively referenced to as the 6-24 Runway Safety Area Improvement Project:

1. Runway 6-24 Shift: Shift Runway 6-24 450 feet to the northeast and displace the Runway 6 landing threshold 530 feet to the northeast. This would also require that a portion of Cayuga Creek be realigned on NFIA property.
2. Relocation and Rehabilitation of Taxiway K: This would provide housing areas and support facilities for individual and corporate aircraft.
3. Property Acquisition: Acquisition of one property (30 acres) on the east side of Walmore Road to provide space for a portion of the RSA (i.e., the Proposed Action would extend the RSA onto approximately five acres of this property) and a standard runway protection zone (RPZ).

The primary purpose and need of the Proposed Action is to reconfigure Runway 6-24 to comply with the FAA's RSA standards to provide the required protection for public safety on the 6-24 runway. The two additional projects are included to meet the hangar deficit and meet the FAA requirements for a standard RPZ.

The project is located on Niagara Falls Boulevard at Porter Road in Niagara, New York.

Contact: Kimberley Minkel, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, Phone: (716) 855-7470, E-mail: kim_minkel@nfta.com.

Positive Declaration

Niagara County - The Town of Cambria Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Niagara County Shovel Ready Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the rezoning of 152 acres of land and the completion of a GEIS to achieve pre-approved, shovel ready certification for the subject property under the Build Now-NY Program Initiative. The objective is to qualify the property under the high technology manufacturing generic site development component of the Program. The project is located on the north side of Lockport Avenue in the Town of Cambria, New York.

Contact: Wright H. Ellis, Town of Cambria, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, NY 14132, Phone: (716) 433-7664.

Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

Erie County - The City of Tonawanda City Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Spaulding Commerce Park - Roadways, Utilities and GEIS. The Final GEIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www.ci.tonawanda.ny.us/spaulding/spaulding_commerce_park_informat.htm.

The action involves the redevelopment of the former Spaulding Fibre site (Spaulding). The 47 acre vacant site is the location of a former heavy manufacturing facility that ceased operations in 1992. The remediation of the entire site was accomplished with State and local funding, including the New York State Superfund Program for hazardous wastes and the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) for the remaining contamination on the property. Through these programs, the State will provide environmental releases to the City and to end users of the site. As a result of these activities, the entire site has been remediated to Restricted Residential standards. Formerly developed areas have been rough graded and covered with top soil and seeded. The property has been rezoned from heavy industrial to a new zoning district: the Spaulding Commerce Park district.

The purpose of the current action is to develop a schematic layout of the site sufficient to construct access roadways and install utility service for the site. The Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) also addresses various possible scenarios for the redevelopment of the site, including No Action; No New Roadway; and other alternatives. The GEIS assesses potential impacts and establishes mitigations and thresholds to guide future development at the site.

The project is located at 310 Wheeler Street in the City of Tonawanda, New York.

Contact: Jason LaMonaco, City of Tonawanda, 200 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150-1099, Phone: (716) 695-8624.

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