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ENB - Region 1 Notices 6/8/2011

Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is reviewing the application of Michael Kokell of East Patchogue, New York, to obtain an Off Bottom Culture Permit, including a Temporary Marine Area Use Assignment, which would allow the deployment of shellfish culture gear and the operation of shellfish culture activities on public underwater lands approximately 1.3 miles from shore in Smithtown Bay, Town of Smithtown. The proposed Off Bottom Culture/Assignment site is a circular parcel approximately five acres in area, with a radius of 250 feet extending from a center point located at 40° 56' 34.08" North Latitude and 73° 10' 19.32" West Longitude. The proposed off bottom culture activities would involve the deployment of up to ten 350 foot long-line structures at a depth of 46 feet from mean low water, and suspended in the water column to a depth no less than 15 feet below the surface. The shellfish species to be contained shall be Blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) and Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). There are no existing Temporary Marine Area Use Assignments within 1 mile of the proposed Off Bottom Culture/Assignment site. Initial review of the subject application does not identify any adverse or unreasonable effects on the viability, maintenance or use of local marine resources.

Public Comment: The subject application may be reviewed at the address given below, and specific comments on the requested permit, including the proposed Temporary Marine Area Use Assignment, or a request to become a party in interest if a public hearing is held, must be submitted in writing to the contact person named below no later than July 8, 2011. NYS DEC as lead agency has made an initial determination that this action will not have a significant effect on the environment. All correspondence should reference Application No. OBC A 11 11.

Contact: Wade E. Carden, NYSDEC - Marine Resources Headquarters, Shellfisheries, 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733 3400.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Suffolk County - The Town of Brookhaven Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wal-Mart Site Plan may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on June 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738. The action involves the development of a 98,000 square foot Wal-Mart store and 900 square foot office building on an approximately 16.64 acre parcel. In developing the site, approximately 11.6 acres of existing vegetation would need to be cleared. The project is located at the northeast corner of Hospital Road and the North Service Road of Sunrise Highway (NYS Route 27) in East Patchogue, New York.

Contact: Jeffrey Kassner, Town of Brookhaven, One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738, Phone: (631) 451-6455, E-mail: JKassner@brookhaven.org.

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