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ENB - Region 4 Notices 9/25/2013

Public Notice

Notice of Final Request for Proposals for Transportation and Disposal of Solid Waste Greene County, New York

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to General Municipal Law §120-w, Greene County Solid Waste Management is issuing a Final Request for Proposals (RFP) for Transportation and Disposal of solid waste from the County's Catskill Transfer Station, beginning January 1, 2014. The selected Contractor(s) will be required to furnish all labor, materials and equipment as detailed in the RFP.

Copies of the RFP may be obtained at the office of Greene County Solid Waste Management from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning September 18, 2013.

Responses to the RFP will be received at the office of Greene County Solid Waste Management, located at 240 West Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414 until 4:00 p.m. October 9, 2013.

Responses to the RFP should be directed to: Robert J. Van Valkenburg, Greene County Solid Waste Management, PO Box 485, 240 West Main Street, Catskill, New York 12414, E-mail: rvanvalkenburg@discovergreene.com.

Negative Declaration Extension of Public Comment Period

Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson River Estuary Habitat Restoration Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The comment period for the proposed plan has been extended until October 31, 2013.

The action involves the adoption of the Hudson River Habitat Restoration Plan which identifies priority habitat types for restoration in the Hudson River estuary based on three (3) criteria: 1) habitats that are important to the overall health of the ecosystem; 2) habitats that have been degraded or destroyed on a large scale by human action; and 3) habitats for which there are existing feasible opportunities for restoration. The criteria resulted in four (4) priority habitats for restoration: 1) intertidal habitats; 2) shallow water habitats; 3) shorelines; and 4) tributary stream habitats. The plan identifies five (5) restoration actions intended to restore the four priority Hudson River habitats: 1) preserve existing estuary habitat; 2) restore side channels, including tidal wetlands, vegetated shallow waters, back waters and intertidal habitats; 3) promote and implement fish passage, dam removal and culvert right-sizing in tributaries; 4) promote and implement use of ecologically enhanced shoreline treatments; and 5) implement programs to control invasive plant species including preventing new introductions.

The plan is identified as a Type I action under SEQR consistent with 617.4(b)(1)- "the adoption by any agency of a comprehensive resource management plan". The plan will serve to set priorities and guide partnerships with state and federal agencies, municipalities and non-governmental organizations to restore habitats in the Hudson River estuary on an ecosystem scale, and will not have a significant adverse environmental impact on the estuary. Detailed site specific and restoration design information has not been developed. Individual projects implemented under the restoration plan will be subject to full permitting processes including SEQR review. The draft plan can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html.

The project is located in the Hudson River Estuary from Troy, New York to the Tappan Zee Bridge in the Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester, Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer, New York.

Contact: Daniel Miller, NYS DEC - Hudson River Estuary Program, P.O. Box 315, Staatsburg, NY 12580, Phone: (845) 889-4745, E-mail: hrep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Negative Declaration

Rensselaer County - The Schaghticoke Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed National Grid's Eastover Road New 230/115kV Station and Transmission Line Loops will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, National Grid, for the construction of a 230/115kV electric station and associated 230kV and 115kV transmission line loops in the Towns of Schaghticoke and Brunswick, Rensselaer County, New York. The Project will be located on approximately 89.0 acres of agricultural and forested land located at the eastern terminus of Eastover Road, southeast of NYS Route 40. Approximately 81.9 acres of this land will be owned by the Applicant, while another 8.1 acres will be included in temporary and permanent easements to be acquired by the Applicant. The need for the Project is driven by new and future load growth requirements and is part of National Grid's Northeast Region Reinforcement Project (NRRP) suite of projects. The proposed Eastover Road Station will receive existing 230kV electric circuits from the Rotterdam-Bear Swamp 230kV transmission line (located immediately adjacent to the proposed station), route those circuits through transformers located in the proposed station yard to step down the voltage to 115 kV, then send that voltage to the existing 115kV Luther Forest-North Troy #308 and Battenkill-North Troy #10 transmission lines via two double-circuit 115kV line loops, each just under one mile long.

Contact: David C. Brennan, Town of Schaghticoke, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose, NY 12121, Phone: (518) 438-9907, E-mail: DBrennan@youngsommer.com.

Schenectady County - The Planning Board of the Town of Niskayuna, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Iroquois Village at Niskayuna will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of 166 one and two bedroom apartments in 9 buildings. Each building will have 1 garage space for each unit and one covered parking space. The project is located at 1450 Hillside Avenue in the Town of Niskayuna, New York.

Contact: Kathleen Matern, Town of Niskayuna, One Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309, Phone: (518) 386-4530.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Albany County - The Albany Convention Center Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Albany Capital Center may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on September 30, 2013 6:30 p.m. at the Albany County Office Building, Cahill Room, 1st Floor, 112 State Street, Albany NY. The action involves a proposal by the Albany Convention Center Authority to construct the Albany Capital Center, which consists of the following:

  • A 5 level structure that would include 3 levels of parking and 2 levels of conference space.
  • Conference and support space totally approximately 82,000 square feet.
  • Gross area of construction of approximately 200,000 square feet.
  • Structured parking for approximately 300 vehicles.
  • Improvements to the existing Empire State Plaza Pedestrian Walkway

The site of the Albany Capital Center is bounded by the area between Eagle, Wendell and Howard Streets and the Empire State Plaza Pedestrian Walkway from the Empire State Plaza to its intersection with the Times Union Center in the City of Albany, New York.

Contact: Duncan Stewart, Albany Convention Center Authority, 386 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: (518) 275-4920 extension 1, E-mail: dstewart@accany.com.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Greene County - The Greene County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Fountain Flats Park. The Final EIS is available from the Greene County IDA, 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie; the Coxsackie Village Hall, 119 Mansion Street, Coxsackie; the Coxsackie Town Hall, 16 Reed Street, Coxsackie and on line at: www.greenida.com.

The action involves the environmental review of an area in the Town of Coxsackie, New York, incorporating the approximately 100 acres which is bounded by Bronck Mill Road to the west, lands of Cima to the south, Route 9W to the east, and the vicinity of Smith Road to the north. The subject of the environmental review is the establishment of a shovel ready business park which could host up to 1,000,000 square feet of warehousing and distribution space constructed in multiple phases.

Contact: Rene VanSchaack, Greene County IDA, 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY 12051, Phone: (518) 731-5500, E-mail: rene@greeneida.com.

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