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ENB - Region 7 Notices 12/19/2012

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft TMDL Amendment

This notice announces the availability of a Draft amendment to a 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

An amendment to the existing ammonia TMDL for Onondaga Lake is proposed. Public comment on this document will be accepted for 30 days, through close of business January 18, 2013.

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.

An ammonia TMDL for Onondaga Lake was issued in 1998. The TMDL resulted in reduced ammonia loads to Onondaga Lake, which was subsequently delisted from the 303(d) list in 2008. Work associated with remediation of contaminated sites in the Onondaga Lake watershed requires discharge of ammonia to the Lake. The proposed amendment will create a waste load allocation for the discharge under the existing TMDL. Additional load reductions will not be required from any point or non-point sources as current data indicates non-point sources loads have decreased sufficiently since the 1998 TMDL was developed to accommodate this discharge.

Information: Copies of the proposed Draft amendment to the TMDL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.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 email at: smgladdi@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Parties interested in meeting with NYS DEC personnel regarding the Draft amendment to the TMDL document should contact Steve Gladding via phone or at the address above to request a meeting. Comments on the Draft amendment to the TMDL document should be sent, written or e-mail, to the same address.

Comments received by close of business January 18, 2013 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDL amendment 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.


Negative Declaration

Onondaga County - The Town of Onondaga Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment of Chapter 285 of the Code of the Town of Onondaga will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the amendment to Zoning Chapter of Town Code to Add Certain Definitions, Amend Certain Existing Definitions, Articulating Certain Prohibited Uses, Confirming and Clarifying that any uses not expressly permitted are prohibited and establishing a severability clause. The project is located throughout the Town of Onondaga, New York.

Contact: Lisa Goodwin, Town of Onondaga, 5020 Ball Road, Syracuse, NY 13215, Phone: (315) 469-1583, E-mail: lgoodwin@townofonondaga.com.


Onondaga County - The Town of Onondaga Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Text Amendment to Town of Onondaga Zoning Code will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a text amendment to the Town of Onondaga Zoning Code to permit "Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education" within the Light Industrial (LI) Districts. The project is located in the Eastern area of the Town of Onondaga in the Skytop area of Syracuse University, Rockcut Road, Smoral Road area and also the OLSI landfill property in northwest area of Town of Onondaga, New York.

Contact: Lisa Goodwin, Town of Onondaga, 5020 Ball Road, Syracuse, NY 13215, Phone: (315) 469-1583, E-mail: lgoodwin@townofonondaga.com.


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