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ENB - Region 3 Notices 7/25/2012

Public Notice

Notice of Complete Application and Public Hearing


New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) and New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA)


NYS DEC # 3- 9903-00043/00012 Tidal Wetlands Permit
NYS DEC # 3-9903-00043/00013 Water Quality Certification
NYS DEC # 3-9903-00043/00014 Incidental Take Permit

Project Description:

Construction of a new bridge across the Hudson River, consisting of two structures, between Rockland County and Westchester County, to replace the existing Tappan Zee Bridge. The subject applications seek permits for the following components of the Replacement Bridge:

1. Construction of two parallel bridge structures from landings in Rockland County and Westchester County, utilizing one of two proposed design alternatives (Short Span or Long Span); and one of two proposed structural options (Cable-Stayed or Arch) for the span over the Hudson River navigation channel. This work will require the installation of piles, pile caps, and other structures necessary for either option to support the roadway.

2. Dredging approximately 1.9 million cubic yards of sediment over approximately 175 acres of the River to enable water access during construction and demolition. The majority of dredging will take place north of the existing bridge; a small area will be dredged to the south of the existing bridge near the Westchester shoreline.

3. Covering, or "armoring," the dredged area with approximately 400,000 cubic yards of sand and stone to prevent construction vessel prop wash from dislodging the sediment and dispersing it into the water column.

4. Construction of approximately 2.5 acres of permanent pile-supported platforms over the River on the Rockland County shoreline.

5. Demolition and removal of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

Project Location:

The Replacement Bridge will span the Hudson River, just north of the present location of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge, from the Village of Nyack in Rockland County to the Village of Tarrytown in Westchester County.


Tidal Wetlands permit pursuant to New York State Environmental Conservation Law Article 25 and its implementing regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 661.

Water Quality Certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, U.S. Public Law 95-217, and 33 USC 1341; and its New York State implementing regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 608.

Incidental Take permit pursuant to New York State Environmental Conservation Law Article 11, and its implementing regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 182.

State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR):

Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA, ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617), the project is defined as Type I action. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, for which the Federal Highway Administration is the lead agency and NYS DOT and NYSTA are joint lead agencies. In accordance with 6 NYCRR §617.15, the NEPA and SEQRA processes for the Project are being coordinated. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) may make a permit decision only after the Federal Final EIS has been completed, and NYS DEC has made the findings required by §617.11.

Tentative Department Position and Document Availability:

NYS DEC has reviewed the application materials and determined that they are complete pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 621. It has determined that all statutory and regulatory criteria can be met through the imposition of permit special conditions. A draft permit has been prepared.

The application materials and draft permit may be viewed online at: http://www.newnybridge.com/.

These documents may be viewed during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, at the following locations:

NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York

NYS DEC - Region 3 Office
Division of Environmental Permits
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY

The Warner Library
121 N Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591-3299

The Nyack Library
59 South Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960

Public Hearings:

The public is invited to comment on the application at the following hearings:

Date: Monday, August 13, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tarrytown Marriott, Grand Ballroom
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, New York

Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nanuet Comfort Inn, Regency Ballroom
425 East Route 59
Nanuet, New York

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies that may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to give oral or written comments specific to the applications. Lengthy comments should be submitted in writing. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. The Administrative Law Judge presiding over the hearing may limit oral statements to five minutes to accommodate as many speakers as possible. The hearing facility is reasonably accessible to the mobility impaired.

Written Comments:

All written comments pertaining to the application and draft permit and must be submitted to the attention of the NYS DEC Contact Person listed below by August 24, 2012.

Comments sent by regular mail must be postmarked no later than August 24, 2012.

Comments sent via email or fax must be received by NYS DEC no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) August 24, 2012.

All comments on the application will be considered by NYS DEC to determine if they raise substantive and significant issues relating to any findings or determinations required of NYS DEC under the Environmental Conservation Law.

NYS DEC Contact Person:

John J. Ferguson
NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1750
Phone: (518) 402-9167
Fax: (518) 402-9168
E-mail: deppermitting@dec.ny.gov

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Planning Board of the Town of Red Hook, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bard College New Baseball Field will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by Bard College for Site Plan and Special Use Permit Approvals from the Town of Red Hook Planning Board and related approvals from other involved agencies for the construction of a new baseball field with artificial turf and associated amenities, including recreational lighting, new gravel parking, and utilities. The project will be constructed on an approximately 6.4 acre site within the 550 acre Bard College "Educational Campus" in the Town's Institutional (I) Zoning District. The project is located on Wood Avenue on the Bard College Campus in the Town of Red Hook, New York.

Contact: Paula Schoonmaker, Town of Red Hook, 7340 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571, Phone: (845) 758-4613, E-mail: planning@redhook.org.

Dutchess County - The Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Marist College Student Center Renovation and Music Addition will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of an approximately 23,000 square foot, three story addition to the east side of the existing Student Center and modifications to the west side; complete interior renovations; and modification of exterior access and site amenities. The project is located at 3399 North Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York.

Contact: Neil A. Wilson, Town of Poughkeepsie, 1 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, Phone: (845) 485-3657, E-mail: nwilson@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov.

Ulster County - The Town of Rosendale, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Women's Studio Workshop - Special Use Permit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Applicant to construct a 13,458 square foot expansion to the existing Women's Studio Workshop (WSW), as well as installation of fourteen (14) additional parking spaces, a new septic system and interior renovations to the existing buildings at the subject parcel. The project is located at 722 Binnewater Lane in the Town of Rosendale, New York.

Contact: Billy Liggan, Town of Rosendale, P.O. Box 423, Rosendale, NY 12472, Phone: (845) 658-8348.

Westchester County - The Village of Bronxville Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lawrence Hospital Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a 40,451 square foot, three-level addition to the northeast corner of the existing six story Lawrence Hospital located in the Central Business A District on a 3.54 acre campus. The new construction also includes construction of a six-story plus basement elevator tower, two green roofs, roof-top mechanical equipment areas, installation of a new back-up generator, renovation of limited areas of the existing hospital to accommodate and integrate the new wing into the existing hospital floor plan, and installation of new landscape plantings adjacent to Pondfield Road West and Parkway Road. Approval of the site plan and special permit would require five variances, or interpretations that variances are not required from the Bronxville Zoning Board of Appeals related to the floor area of the principal floor, the floor area ratio, increases in existing non-conformities, street frontage, and the front yard setback. The hospital campus is adjacent to the Bronx River Parkway Reservation, which is a Critical Environmental Area designated by Westchester County, and a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project is located at 55 Palmer Road in the Village of Bronxville, New York.

Contact: Harold Porr III, Village of Bronxville, 200 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708, Phone: (914) 357-6500.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Dutchess County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Cricket Valley Energy Center. In addition to the contact person listed below, a copy of the Final EIS is available for review at:

NYS DEC - Region 3 Headquarters
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Contact: Daniel Whitehead
Phone: (845) 256-3041.

Town of Dover Town Hall
126 East Duncan Hill Road
Dover Plains, NY 12522
Phone: (845) 832-6111
E-mail: WebMaster@TownofDoverNY.us

Dover Plains Library
1797 Route 22
Wingdale, NY 12522
Phone: (845) 832-6605
E-mail: library@doverlib.org

Cricket Valley Energy Office
5 Market Street
Dover Plains, NY 12522
Phone: (845) 877-0596
E-mail: info@cricketvalley.com

NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/64754.html.

Cricket Valley Energy project website at: http://www.cricketvalley.com/home.aspx.

Town of Dover website at: http://townofdoverny.us/index.cfm

The action involves the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVE), the facility will generate approximately 1,000 MW of electricity, fueled only by natural gas. The CVE facility will use "combined cycle" generation technology, one of the most efficient technologies for producing electricity. The facility will be comprised of three combined-cycle units, each consisting of a combustion turbine generator (CTG), a Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) with supplemental duct firing, and a steam turbine generator (STG). Auxiliary equipment will include a low nitrogen oxide (NOx) natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler, needed to keep the HRSGs warm during periods of turbine shutdown and to provide sealing steam during startups, and four diesel-fired black start generators, each with a maximum power rating of 3 MW. The four black start generators will be used to re-start the facility in the event of a total power loss on the local or regional transmission grid.

The project will be equipped with state-of-the-art emissions control technology, including dry low NOx (DLN) burners and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to control emissions of NOx, and an oxidation catalyst to control carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. A continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) will be utilized to ensure and document facility compliance with applicable emissions standards. Water use will be minimized by the use of air cooled condensers (ACC). Process water supply will be provided from new on-site bedrock wells. A zero liquid discharge (ZLD) system will recycle and reuse water internally, reducing the need for process water and ensuring that no process wastewater will be discharged. The facility will employ best management practices (BMPs) for stormwater management, which will include a system that reflects existing drainage patterns and incorporates a wet extension detention pond, small bioretention facilities, and roof top rain capture to maintain peak rates of discharge and minimize the potential for erosion and sedimentation.

There will be several storage tanks on-site, including a 1,000,000 gallon raw water storage tank, used to supply the facility's water needs and for fire protection; a 250,000 gallon demineralized water storage tank; and two 30,000 gallon aqueous ammonia storage tanks. A secondary safety containment area, designed to hold 110 percent of the entire volume of the tanks, will be provided around the ammonia storage tanks, consistent with New York State requirements. There also will be on-site storage of small quantities of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel and lubricating oils. ULSD storage will be limited to the fire pump's integrated 650 gallon fuel tank and the four emergency black start generators, each with an integrated 1,000 gallon fuel tank. As required, all tanks, equipment and vessels containing ULSD fuel and/or lubricating oils will be located inside a concrete safety containment, sump or curbed dike area for spill control and management.

There will be two utility interconnections at the facility. The electricity generated from the facility will be transmitted via a 700 foot on-site overhead interconnect to the existing Consolidated Edison Company of New York (ConEd) 345 kilovolt electric transmission line located north of the Project Development Area. A new switchyard and substation, incorporating gas-insulated switchgear to minimize footprint requirements, will be built at the facility. Natural gas will be the sole fuel for the facility, transported via a new 500 foot, 12 inch gas pipeline from the Iroquois pipeline, just north of the Project Development Area.

The project is located at the former Mica Products industrial site at 2241 NYS Route 22 in the Town of Dover, New York. The project property totals 193 acres, which includes 79 acres (west of the Metro-North rail line) within the Great Swamp Critical Environmental Area; a 57 acre Project Development Area east of the railroad line; and an additional 57 acres of industrial land to the south, formerly leased to RASCO Materials LLC (13 acres of which will be temporarily used during project construction). This expanded property is bounded by NYS Route 22 to the east; to the south by residential properties, to the west generally by the Swamp River; and to the north by an existing ConEd electric transmission right-of-way.

Contact: Stephen Tomasik, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 486-9955.

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