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ENB - Region 9 Notices 12/4/2013

Negative Declaration

Erie County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Huntley Generating Station State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Modification will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the renewal and modification of the SPDES permit for the Huntley Generating Station. The permit is being modified pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 704.5 and 40 CFR 125 - Subpart J. These regulations require that the location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures reflect the best technology available (BTA) for minimizing adverse environmental impact. The Huntley Station is a coal fired facility that began operation 1916. The only units remaining in operation, units 67 and 68, have an electrical generating capacity of 400 MW. A maximum of 375 million gallons of condenser cooling water per day is withdrawn from the Niagara River through a shoreline intake. In 1999, the traveling intake screens for these units were replaced with modified Ristroph traveling screens designed to minimize impingement mortality to fish. A low stress fish return system was also installed to return impinged fish to the Niagara River. These existing intake technologies have reduced impingement mortality by at least 90 percent. The current modification requires the facility to address the entrainment of aquatic organisms by installing and operating variable speed pumps on units 67 and 68. In addition, the facility will be required, through a condition of the modified SPDES permit, to operating at less than 15 percent of its electric generating capacity. The station is located along the upper Niagara River, approximately 1.5 miles downstream of the head of Grand Island.

The project is located at 3500 River Road in Tonawanda, New York.

Contact: Christopher Hogan, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9151, E-mail: deppermitting@dec.ny.gov.

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