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ENB Region 4 Completed Applications 06/05/2013

Multiple Counties

Applicant:

CSX Transportation Inc
500 Water St J275
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Facility:

CSX Coxsackie to Ravena Second Mainline
CSXT RR Milepost QR 121.1 Coxsackie to Milepost Qr 128.7 in Ravena
Coxsackie/ New Baltimore, NY

Application ID:

4-9904-00091/00002

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project is Located:

Coxsackie, Multiple Counties

Project Description:

CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) proposes to construct a second mainline track for approximately 7.6 miles from the Town of Coxsackie, Greene County to the Village of Ravena, Albany County, New York. The second mainline track is proposed for construction approximately 15 feet east of the existing mainline track, as measured from track centerline to track centerline for the majority of the route. The project also proposes the installation of two new universal crossovers, which consist of short connecting tracks by which a train can be transferred from one track to another; work on existing culverts (including replacements); removal of existing turnouts (switches) at the north and south ends of the project area; removal of one private crossing, and the re-decking and maintenance of bridges, including full replacement of the Coxsackie Creek Bridge and Hannacrois Creek bridge. The stated project purpose is to improve the railroad's fluidity and capacity and improve connectivity with United States and world manufacturing, distribution, and consumptive centers along CSXT's River Line, which is part of a primary rail route for freight traffic on the east coast between New York City and Albany, NY. The project would result in temporary impacts to 1,766 linear feet of streams and 0.58 acres of wetlands and permanent impacts to 1,934 linear feet of streams and 0.20 acres of wetlands.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 20, 2013.

Contact:

Karen M Gaidasz
NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518)357-2069
dep.r4@dec.ny.gov


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