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ENB - Statewide Notices 3/28/2012

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft TMDL

This notice announces the availability of a Draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address the following waterbody:

Onondaga Lake, Onondaga County

Onondaga Lake is impaired by phosphorus. Public comment on this document will be accepted for 30 days, through April 27, 2012.

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.

A phosphorus TMDL for Onondaga Lake was issued in 1998. Additional monitoring data and improved numerical models have been used to develop the proposed Draft TMDL. The phosphorus TMDL for Onondaga Lake will require permit limits on wastewater treatment plants, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), reductions from Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) systems and voluntary load reduction efforts from the agricultural community and developed lands to address existing phosphorus water quality impairment.

Information: Copies of the proposed Draft TMDL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/67594.html, or by contacting Steve Gladding at NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, or by phone at (518) 402-8207, or via e-mail at smgladdi@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Parties interested in meeting with NYS DEC personnel regarding the Draft TMDL document should contact Steve Gladding via phone or at any of the addresses above to request a meeting. Comments on the Draft TMDL document should be sent, written or e-mailed, to the same address. Comments received by close of business April 27, 2012 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDL to the EPA for approval.

Contact: Steve Gladding, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, Phone: (518) 402-8207, E-mail: smgladdi@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling State Assistance Program and Household Hazardous Waste State Assistance Program

This is a continuous recruitment listing

Description:
Municipalities including Counties, Cities, Towns, Villages, Local Public Authorities, Local Public Benefit Corporations, School Districts, Supervisory Districts, and Improvement Districts, Native American Tribes or Nations Residing in New York State, or any combination of these may apply for these grants.

Applications from municipalities are accepted on an on-going basis for funding under the Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling (MWRR) State Assistance Program and the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) State Assistance Program. Both programs provide up to 50 percent reimbursement to local governments for eligible project costs, with reimbursement limited to $2 million per project. Anticipated funding from the Environmental Protection Fund is subject to annual legislative appropriations.

Eligible Projects include the following:

MWRR Recycling Capital Projects - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is authorized to provide State assistance to communities for projects that enhance municipal recycling infrastructure through purchasing equipment or construction of recycling and composting facilities. Some examples are: construction of municipally-owned materials, recycling facilities, and composting facilities; recycling containers and recycling vehicles.

MWRR Recycling Coordinator Projects - NYS DEC is authorized to provide State assistance to communities for Recycling Coordinator salaries and public education programs to expand local recycling and waste reduction programs and increase participation in those programs.

Household Hazardous Waste Projects - NYS DEC is authorized to provide funding to communities for HHW collection days and construction of permanent HHW collection facilities in order to provide a safe alternative for recycling or disposal of household hazardous materials.

Applications are available on-line at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4776.html or you may call (518) 402-8706 to request a paper copy of an application.

Submit To: Dawn Mirabile, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, Bureau of Permitting and Planning, 625 Broadway, 9th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7260, Phone: (518) 402-8706, E-mail: planning@dec.ny.gov.

Contract Term: Various

Contact: Dawn Mirabile, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, Bureau of Permitting and Planning, 625 Broadway, 9th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7260, Phone: (518) 402-8706, E-mail: planning@dec.ny.gov.


State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity

Permit No. GP-0-12-001

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to issue a renewal of the SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (GP-0-12-001). Upon issuance, this permit will replace the interim permit, GP-0-11-009, which becomes effective on March 28, 2012 and expires on September 30, 2012. GP-0-11-009 replaces the current MSGP (GP-0-06-002), which expires on March 27, 2012. NYS DEC elected to issue the interim general permit, with minor changes to GP-0-06-002, for a period of six months (180 days) in order to devote sufficient time to produce this proposed revision of the MSGP that balances the need for environmental protection and the burden of the requirements on affected businesses.

This permit is intended to provide SPDES Permit coverage to facilities with stormwater discharges to surface waters of the State from a point source or outlet that conduct industrial activities. Under this permit, the owner or operator must develop and implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) which identifies specific best management practices (BMPs) to be selected, installed, implemented and maintained at the facility to minimize the presence of pollutants in the stormwater discharges.

Copies of the draft MSGP renewal and fact sheet providing listing of changes are available on NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html.

State Environmental Quality Review Determination: Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated.

Availability for Public Comment: Written statements or comments on the proposed modifications will be accepted by fax, email or mail until close of business on April 30, 2012 or 30 days after publication of this notice. Comments should be filed with the contact listed below.

Contact: Carol Lamb-LaFay, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, Phone: (518) 402-8244, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: stormh2o@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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