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ENB - Region 2 Notices 2/8/2012

Public Notice

Notice of Document Availability and Public Meeting with Comment Period

Project Title: Newtown Creek Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan Report

County: Queens

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Water

Brief Description:

Under a 2005 Consent Order with the NYS DEC, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) has prepared a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP) for Newtown Creek. The WWFP outlines the work that has been done to-date and future plans for improving water quality in Newtown Creek, including installation of bending weirs at two regulator locations, installation of an enhanced aeration system in the main stem and branches of Newtown Creek, and construction of floatables control at the four largest CSO outfalls. The WWFP is the first step in the process of meeting water quality standards. The Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), prepared in accordance with the USEPA CSO Policy, will be developed by the DEP upon approval of the WWFP by NYSDEC.

Public Meeting: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newtown Creek Visitor Center, 329 Greenpoint Avenue, 2nd Floor, Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY, 11222. Enter at the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and Humboldt Street.

Document Repositories: A copy of the WWFP is available for review on Fridays between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or may be viewed by appointment at other times at the Newtown Creek Visitor Center. Please contact Jessica Bergeron, Events Coordinator, at (860) 919-7724 or jbergeron@dep.nyc.gov to make arrangements to see the repository copy.

The WWFP can also be found on-line at: http://www.hydroqual.com/projects/ltcp/wbws/index.htm.

Public Comment Period: The 30-day public comment period will commence on February 9, 2012 and conclude on March 9, 2012.

Questions and written comments for the record may be directed to: Gary Kline, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-9655, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: gekline@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Police Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed World Trade Center Campus Security 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 March 14, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning in Spector Hall (first floor), 22 Reade Street, New York, NY. The Draft Scope is available for review at the Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library, 175 North End Avenue (at Murray Street) New York, NY 10282 and on line at: www.nyc.gov\html\nypd\html\crime_prevention\counterterrorism.shtml.

The plan involves the implementation of a comprehensive perimeter vehicle security plan for the World Trade Center (WTC) Site (the "Security Plan") to protect against vehicle-borne explosive devices while ensuring an open environment that is hospitable to remembrance, culture, and commerce. The Security Plan bars unscreened vehicles from entering the Site and certain areas at the perimeter of the site and creates stand-off distances to guard against the risk of progressive collapse of buildings and other catastrophic damage to persons and property. A vehicle seeking to enter restricted areas would be subject to credentialing to determine whether entry is authorized and screening to ensure that the vehicle does not contain dangerous material. The creation of a Trusted Access Program (TAP), in which tenants, car services, taxis and delivery vans could enroll, is envisioned to expedite vehicle entry.

The Vehicular Security Center (VSC) planned in conjunction with the WTC development controls access to the WTC site's underground traffic network, loading docks and parking areas. All vehicles parking (including those for tenants or visitors) or making deliveries at the site would be processed and screened at the VSC. As it is anticipated that demand for on-site delivery, tour bus and private occupancy vehicle parking will be considerable, it is expected that a management strategy including scheduling of tour buses and truck deliveries will be developed to ensure orderly and efficient operations.

The Project Area includes all streets, sidewalks and buildings that would be directly affected by the installation of the site's security infrastructure. Under the proposed Security Plan four vehicular access points are located at: Washington Street/Barclay Street; West Broadway/Barclay Street; Church Street/Liberty Street; and Liberty Street/West Street. The secure perimeter would consist of various types of vehicle interdiction devices, which would include static barriers (such as bollards or walls) and operable barriers to allow vehicle access, all under NYPD control.

The project is located on the streets surrounding the World Trade Center generally bounded by Barclay Street, West Street, Thames Street and Church Street in Lower Manhattan, New York.

Contact: David Kelly, New York City Police Department, One Police Plaza, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (646) 610-4557, E-mail: WTCEIS@nypd.org.

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