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ENB - Statewide Notices 3/20/2013

Public Notice

SEQRA - Effective Date for Revised EAFs Extended to October 7, 2013

The effective date of the new model Environmental Assessment Forms has been postponed from April 1, 2013 until October 7, 2013.

On January 25, 2012, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) adopted revised model Environmental Assessment Forms (EAFs) (to be published at 6 NYCRR 617.20, appendices A and B) following more than one year of public review and comment. This is the first major update to the forms in decades as the Full EAF has not been substantially revised since 1978 while its sister form, the Short EAF, was last substantially revised in 1987.

The revised model EAFs, which replace the existing ones set out at 6 NYCRR 617.20, appendices A, B, and C, are a general update to the existing forms, and incorporate consideration of areas of environmental concern that have arisen since the existing forms were last promulgated in 1978 and 1987. In addition to substantive changes, the structure of the forms has been updated, to make them easier to use.

The effective date of the revised EAFs is being postponed until October 7, 2013 in order for NYS DEC to complete various electronic features and functions requested by the public which will accompany the implementation of the forms.

The revised model EAFs can be found on the NYS DEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/70293.html.

Questions on the revised EAFs may be directed to the attention of Robert Ewing at: (518) 402-9167 and sent by e-mail to: deppermitting@dec.ny.gov. Please include NEW MODEL EAFs in the subject line.

SEQRA - DRAFT Full EAF Workbook Available For Public Review

The DRAFT Workbook for the Full Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) has been prepared and is available for public review and comment at: www.nysfeaf.net. A printable PDF version of this DRAFT Workbook is also available on that site.

The DRAFT Full EAF workbook contains information to guide project sponsors and agency reviewers in the preparation and review of a Full Environmental Assessment Form (EAF). It contains background information on topics and will provide built-in links to spatial data needed to answer many of the questions asked in the Full EAF. The workbook should make it easier and more likely that project sponsors will have access to information that will allow them to provide an accurately completed Part 1. It will also make it easier for the reviewing agencies to confirm responses and provides guidance on how to determine the size and potential significance of an impact when completing Parts 2 and 3 of the Full EAF.

The revised model EAFs, which now do not take effect until October 7, 2013, are located on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/70293.html.

Comments on the DRAFT Full EAF Workbook maybe submitted to the NYS DEC by e-mail to: deppermitting@dec.ny.gov. Please include DRAFT FEAF Workbook in the subject line. Hard copy comments may also be sent to NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750 (attention SEQR FEAF / Division of Environmental Permits).

Comments will be received until May 20, 2013.

Contact: Robert Ewing, NYSDEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, E-mail: deppermitting@dec.ny.gov; Please reference the e-mail: Re:DRAFT FEAF Workbook.

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 Proposed Rule Making to Amend 6 NYCRR Part 173

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-1001, 11-1003, 11-1007, 11-1009, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 173 pertaining to the sport of falconry. This notice will be published in issue 12 of the State Register, dated March 20, 2013.

Please reference the following web-page:http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

For further information please contact:

Joe Therrien
625 Broadway
Albany NY 12233-4752
Phone: (518) 402-8987
E-mail: jetherri@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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