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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/27/2013

Public Notice

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to Amend 6 NYCRR Sections 2.20, 6.2 and 6.4

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-0901, 11-0903, 11-0905, 11-1101 and 11-1103, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Sections 2.20, 6.2 and 6.4 pertaining to Hunting and Trapping Regulations for Bobcat. This notice was published in issue 8 of the State Register, dated February 20, 2013.

Please reference the following website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9360.html.

For further information, please contact:

Bryan L. Swift
NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Phone: (518) 402-8922
E-mail: wildliferegs@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Draft Sediment Quality Assessment Guidance Document Available for Comment

This notice announces the availability of the draft guidance document Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment for public review. Public comment on this document will be accepted for 45 days, through close of business Friday, April 12, 2013.

Background: In January 1999, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources published Technical Guidance for Screening Contaminated Sediment. This document identified the concentration of various contaminants in sediment that if exceeded, were potentially harmful to aquatic organisms, explained the derivation of those values, and described how the values could be used to assess the risks associated with sediment contamination. The 1999 document was a reprint with minor updates of the original edition which was first published in November 1993.&

The 2013 Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment is comprehensive revision of the 1993/1999 Technical Guidance. This revision is a highly technical document that incorporates numerous scientific advances in sediment toxicology, as well as new methods and procedures for sediment quality assessment that have been developed in the intervening years. It focuses solely on assessment of sediment quality and does not discuss sediment management, mitigation, or remediation. Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment identifies concentrations of contaminants in sediment that can be used to identify and classify sediment samples as unlikely to be harmful to aquatic life or sediments with a high probability of being harmful to aquatic life. When contaminant concentrations fall between those two categories, the document describes a hierarchy of methods for additional assessments to determine the potential for harm. When final, Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment will prescribe the procedures that will be observed by the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources for assessing risks to aquatic life from contaminants in sediment.

Information: The Draft Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment (PDF, 1.05 MB) can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/contamsedimentrev.pdf or a copy can be obtained by contacting Timothy Sinnott at NYS DEC, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Bureau of Habitat by mail at 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4756, or by phone at (518) 402-8970, or via email at txsinnot@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The document is 72 pages in length and the PDF version is 1.074 MB. Comments on the Draft Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment should be sent, written or email, to the same address. Comments received by the close of business April 12, 2013 will be considered for inclusion in the final version of the document.

Contact: Timothy J. Sinnott, NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4756, Phone: (518) 402-8970, E-mail: txsinnot@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Approval of an Alternative Test Method for Certification of New Outdoor Wood Boilers

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has approved an alternative test method for the certification of new outdoor wood boilers pursuant to subdivision 6 NYCRR 247.8(e).

1. The alternative test method, entitled "A Test Method for Certification of Cord Wood-Fired Hydronic Heating Appliances with Partial Thermal Storage: Measurement of Particulate Matter (PM) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Emissions and Heating Efficiency of Wood-Fired Hydronic Heating Appliances with Partial Thermal Storage", was submitted for consideration by Brookhaven National Laboratory on February 15, 2013.

2. A copy of the alternative test method, which was approved on February 20, 2013, is available on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/89328.html.

3. For more information regarding the alternative test method, contact John Barnes, P.E. at (518) 402-8396 or at airregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Contact: John Barnes, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8396, E-mail: airregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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