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ENB - Statewide Notices 10/10/2012

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's New York Environmental Leaders Program Open Enrollment Period

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is accepting applications for the New York Environmental Leaders Program (NYEL). The open enrollment period began on September 1, 2012 and applications will be accepted until October 31, 2012.

NYEL, which is entering its fifth year of operation, provides recognition and incentives to New York State companies and organizations that can demonstrate the use of pollution prevention practices, beyond compliance performance, or sustainable business practices as a result of their participation in NYEL. Detailed information about NYEL can be found on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html.

Those accepted as members in NYEL are considered a priority for relevant NYS DEC assistance. In addition, NYEL members have access to a NYEL contact, within the NYS DEC. The NYEL contact will be available to assist with communication between the member and the NYS DEC, and to help members garner assistance in their environmental goals from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (http://www.nysp2i.rit.edu/). NYEL members are also able to use the NYEL logo to promote their green practices and receive recognition from the NYS DEC for their outstanding achievements.

NYEL provides flexibility to prospective applicants by offering two membership tiers, the entry tier and the leadership tier. In addition, NYEL is open to a wide array of organizations including businesses, especially manufacturers, as well as organizations such as schools, hospitals, and local governments. For more information on which tier best fits your organization, please visit the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html.

If your organization is interested in becoming a NYEL member during this open enrollment period, a NYEL application form for the tier your facility intends to apply for must be completed and returned by October 31, 2012. Interactive versions of the NYEL Entry Tier Application and NYEL Leadership Tier Application forms are available for download on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html. Also, if you have any colleagues that you think may be interested in NYEL, please forward them this information.

If you have any questions, require any additional information, or experience problems down loading the applications, please do not hesitate to contact John Vana at (518) 402-9469 or E-mail: jmvana@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Contact: John Vana, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9467, E-mail: jmvana@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Positive Declaration

Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Rulemaking and Modification of SPDES CAFO General Permit GP-0-09-001 may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves a proposal by NYS DEC to revise its Part 750 regulations and its ECL CAFO general permit to exempt certain medium sized Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (dairy farms between 200-299 mature dairy cows in size) from current CAFO State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permitting requirements. NYS DEC also proposes to amend its Part 360 regulations on land application, solid waste storage facilities, composting, and organic processing facilities. The Environmental Assessment Form and Positive Declaration are available from the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6285.html. The revised regulations will have a Statewide impact.

Contact: Erica Cruden, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8111, E-mail: cafoinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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