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ENB - Statewide Notices 3/6/2013

Public Notice

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to Amend 6 NYCRR Part 180/Section 180.9

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections : 3-0301; 11-0303; 11-0305; 11-0507 & 11-0511, 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 Part 180 pertaining to the Exemption for the Possession and Sale of Bighead Carp. This notice will be published in issue 10 of the State Register, dated March 6, 2013.

Please reference the following website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Keeler
NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany NY 12233-4753
Phone: (518) 402-8928
E-mail: sxkeeler@gw.dec.state.ny.us

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces the 10th Anniversary of the Environmental Excellence Awards

Application Period Open

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for New York State's tenth annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This awards program recognizes and gives visibility to outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs. Eligible applicants include businesses, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, facilities, government agencies and individuals implementing innovative, sustainable actions or working in creative partnership to improve and protect New York's environmental resources and contribute to a viable economy. The 2013 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website at: www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html.

IMPORTANT: Applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 10, 2013.

NYS DEC is especially interested in acknowledging projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through: initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; cutting-edge pollution prevention technologies; initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational facilities and hospitality facilities; innovative wind, solar and biomass projects; creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts; energy efficiency improvements; adaptation to climate change; waste reduction and recycling efforts; manufacturing process improvements; and creative approaches to urban forestry or farming, programs advancing "grown locally." Projects located in environmental justice communities are strongly encouraged.

To be eligible, a project must be in New York State; result in measurable environmental and economic benefits beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements; be initiated within the past three years and be fully operational for at least 12 months. Applicants must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law, applicable permits and local laws.

Review criteria will include an assessment of: environmental benefits; economic benefits; innovative approach of the project; advancement of sustainability; how creative partnerships were created or strengthened by the project; demonstration of commitment, leadership and environmental excellence, demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements.

Winners will be honored at a 10th anniversary celebration and awards ceremony that will be held in early winter. At the ceremony, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award winning project or program.

For more information about the Environmental Excellence Awards program, contact: NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone (518) 402-9469, Fax (518) 402-9168, E-mail: awards@dec.ny.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed CAFO Rulemaking and Modification to General Permit GP-0-09-001. Printed copies of the proposed modified general permit, draft regulations, and Final EIS are available from the contact listed below. Electronic versions of all documents are available on the NYS DEC's web site at: www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6285.html. The proposed revisions to the CAFO regulations are available at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/87499.html .

The action involves a proposal by NYS DEC to amend provisions of 6 NYCRR Subparts 750-1, 360-4 and 360-5 and on modifications to its ECL Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) general permit GP-0-09-001. The amendments clarify requirements of the CAFO program; relieve non-discharging Medium CAFOs with 200 to 299 mature dairy cows from the requirement to obtain an ECL CAFO permit; establish requirements with respect to anaerobic digesters, land application and composting facilities; and eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements under Part 360.

Contact: Erica Cruden, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505; Phone: (518) 402-8111, E-mail: dowinformation@dec.ny.gov.

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