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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/29/2012

Public Notice

Proposal by New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) to Cease Certification for "Analyze Immediately, On-Site" (AIOS) Field Parameters

The NYS DOH is authorized and required through Public Health Law 502 (PHL 502) to operate the state's ELAP. In the subject proposal, ELAP will cease offering laboratory certification for pH, temperature, and residual chlorine, often termed AIOS parameters, effective April 1, 2012. ELAP will be accepting public comments on this proposed action through March 10, 2012.

Background: The proposed action will impact State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit holders and other members of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) regulated community. ELAP does not have a mechanism to effectively inform these parties of the proposed action. NYS DEC is passing this notice through the ENB as a courtesy to both NYS DOH and the regulated community. A full background discussion on the issue of AIOS certification is included in ELAP's proposal paper.

Information: Copies of the proposal paper discussing the cessation of AIOS certification must be requested directly from NYS DOH ELAP.

All requests for a full copy of the proposal paper, question, and comments must be directed to ELAP in writing at the: NYS DOH, Wadsworth Center, P.O. Box 509, Albany NY, 12201-0509, Phone: (518) 485-5570, Fax: (518) 485-5568, E-mail: elap@health.state.ny.us.


Guidance Document Governing Assessment of Day-Use Charges in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Campgrounds and Day-Use Facilities.

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Title 9 section 0903 (2) NYS DEC has proposed updates to the fees charged at certain facilities. This document, File #526 provides guidance to campground staff regarding the assessment of Day-Use fees at the campgrounds and day use areas. This file also includes the change that Rafting is no longer permitted on any State Owned docks in the Lake George Island facilities.

Comments will be accepted by the contact listed below until March 28, 2012.

Contact: Heather Clark, NYS DEC - Division of Operations, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9121, E-mail: hlclark@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Guidance Document to Address Procedures for the Issuance of Refunds in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Campgrounds

In accordance with 6NYCRR Part 190 and the Adirondack and Catskill Parks State Land Master Plans regarding the management of campgrounds and day-use areas operated by NYS DEC, it is the intent of NYS DEC to provide guidance for NYS DEC Facility Staff regarding the issuance of refunds to patrons. Language was added to File # 535 stating "The Department does not grant refunds for events, circumstances, or decisions that are beyond the department's control."

Comments will be accepted by the contact listed below until March 28, 2012.

Contact: Heather Clark, NYS DEC - Division of Operations, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9121, E-mail: hlclark@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Guidance Document Governing the Rental of Picnic Shelters in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Campgrounds and Day-Use Facilities.

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Title 9 section 0903 (2) NYS DEC proposes the use of a standard form to be used when renting state-owned picnic shelters. This document, File # 540 a of the Recreation Operations Handbook, is the permit form used in the rental of picnic shelters in campgrounds and day-use facilities operated by the department containing space on front for pertinent information and rules and regulations regarding use.

Comments will be accepted by contact below until March 28, 2012.

Contact: Heather Clark, NYS DEC - Division of Operations, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9121, E-mail: hlclark@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Guidance Document Governing Assessment of Day-Use Charges on Lake George Islands in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Campgrounds and Day-Use Facilities.

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Title 9 section 0903 (2) NYS DEC has proposed updates to the fees charged and practices allowed at these facilities. These documents, File #700, 700a and 705 provides guidance to campground staff regarding the assessment of Day-Use fees on the Lake George Islands and now prohibits the practice of rafting (tying one boat to another boat on the dock) at any State owned dock on the Lake George Islands.

Comments will be accepted by the contact listed below until March 28, 2012.

Contact: Heather Clark, NYS DEC - Division of Operations, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9121, E-mail: hlclark@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Guidance Document Governing Spaghetti Reservations in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Campgrounds.

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Title 9 section 0903 (2) NYS DEC has proposed updates to the Spaghetti Reservations at all facilities. The spaghetti reservations change the minimum night requirement for reservations to one night for all facilities. These reservations allow campers to fill in the gaps between existing reservations that would otherwise not be reservable. This document, File #363 provides guidance to campground staff regarding the minimum night reservations available following July 1.

Comments will be accepted by the contact listed below until March 28, 2012.

Contact: Heather Clark, NYS DEC - Division of Operations, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9121, E-mail: hlclark@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Repeal of Existing Section 192.5 and Adoption of New Sections 192.5 and 192.6 Firewood Restrictions to Protect Forests from Invasive Species

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101(3)(b), 1-0101(3)(d), 3-0301(1)(b), 3-0301(1)(d), 3-0301(2)(m), 9-0105(1), 9-0105(3) and 9-1303, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Adoption of New Sections 192.5 and 192.6 to make revisions to the current regulation to clarify its intent.

For further information, contact:

Bruce Williamson
NYS DEC - Division of Fish Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4253
Phone: (518) 402-9425


Draft New York State 2012 Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters

This notice announces the availability of the Draft New York State 2012 Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and require and are scheduled for development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. Public comment on the list will be accepted for 45 days, through March 2, 2012.

Background: The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to periodically assess and report on the quality of waters in their state. Section 303(d) of the Act also requires states to identify Impaired Waters, where specific designated uses are not fully supported. For these Impaired Waters, states must consider the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other more appropriate strategy to reduce the input of the specific pollutant(s) that restrict waterbody uses, in order to restore and protect such uses. Additionally, the state is required to maintain a Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) to outline its process for monitoring and assessing the quality of New York State waters. Two components of the CALM are also available for comment. The Assessment Methodology outlines how waters are evaluated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to determine the degree of use support, and the Listing Methodology outlines the criteria NYS DEC uses to determine what waters are to be included on the Section 303(d) List. These documents are intended to clarify the current and continuing approach to assessment and listing by New York State.

Information: Copies of the Draft New York State 2012 Section 303(d) List and/or the revised Assessment and Listing Methodologies are available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html. Copies of the List and Methodologies can also be obtained by contacting the NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at (518) 402-8179. An electronic version of these documents can also be requested by e-mail to: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Public comments regarding the Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies should be mailed to: Jeff Myers of the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management at the above address, or e-mailed to: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Contact: Jeff Myers, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Proposed Modifications to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Design Standards for Intermediate-Sized Wastewater Treatment Systems

Draft revised Design Standards for Intermediate-sized Wastewater Treatment Systems are being made available for public review and comment. This is a technical design manual for the planning, permitting, design and technology implementation of sanitary wastewater treatment facilities in the State of New York. These Design Standards are applicable for wastewater treatment facilities that range from small residential systems greater than 1,000 gallons per day, to high strength wastewater systems serving facilities such as restaurants, to any size wastewater treatment plant treating sanitary wastewater only. The draft document is available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html.

The deadline for comments on these Chapters is March 30, 2012.

Please submit comments to: dowinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us or NYS DEC - Bureau of Water Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505, Attention: Thomas H. Boekeloo.

Contact: Thomas H. Boekeloo, NYS DEC - Bureau of Water Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505, Phone: (518) 402-8111, E-mail: dowinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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