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ENB - Statewide Notices 1/7/2015

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Rescheduled due to weather: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to Recognize Six Innovative Programs at the 11th Annual NYS Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony - Registration Now Open

NYS DEC will recognize six organizations for their innovative programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability at the 11th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

The event will take place at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute's NanoFab South Rotunda and Auditorium in Albany. It is open to the public, however space is limited and those wishing to attend must pre-register at: http://on.ny.gov/eearegistration.

The event will showcase innovations by businesses investing in energy efficiencies and undertaking continuous improvements to become carbon-neutral; a university reducing solvent use through a comprehensive recycling program; an inter-municipal coalition creating and protecting critical wetlands and a municipal program that is resulting in an innovative, sustainable, economically viable and socially acceptable solution to replacing aging agricultural fuel tanks atop Long Island's sole source aquifer. The program will also include an update about the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's role in building New York's innovation-driven economy as a global leader in high-tech education, research, and development.

Following the awards ceremony, there will be a tour of the Owens Corning facility in Glenmont, NY. Owens Corning, a 2012 Environmental Excellence Award winner, is implementing clean-tech solutions and innovative process changes as part of the production of insulation from natural minerals, recycled glass and an innovative starch-based binder that replaced a formaldehyde-based binder. Space is limited and those interested must pre-register.

DEC established the Environmental Excellence Award in 2004 to recognize and give visibility to selected businesses, schools, municipalities, governments and not-for-profit organizations achieving outstanding environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability. Since then, DEC has recognized 60 organizations.

For more information about the awards ceremony, contact: Marna Posluszny, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9467, Fax: (518) 402-9168, E-mail: awards@dec.ny.gov.


Final Policy for Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment

This notice announces the availability of a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Commissioner's Policy for Screening and Assessment of Contaminated sediment (CP-60), effective December 8, 2014. This policy will go into effect 30 days after the publication of this notice.

Background: In June 2014, the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, after public review and comment, published the document entitled "Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment." The availability of the final document was noticed in the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) on 9/10/2014.

In order to ensure that thorough, comprehensive, and scientifically-defensible methods and procedures are used for the assessment of the potential toxicity of contaminated aquatic and marine sediments, a Commissioner's Policy was prepared adopting "Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment" (June 24, 2014) as appropriate guidance to be followed when conducting assessments of the toxic risks to natural resources from chemical contaminants in sediment. The adoption of this policy simply formalizes NYS DEC's practice to date of utilizing the sediment assessment methodologies and protocols that were established in the pre-existing guidance document.

NYS DEC, as lead agency, has determined that the adoption of this Commissioner's Policy will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

Information: The Commissioner's Policy for Screening and Assessment of Contaminated sediment (CP-60) can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/64558.html. The document entitled "Screening and Assessment of Contaminated Sediment" (PDF) (92 pgs, 1.2 MB) and the Public Comment Responsiveness Summary (PDF) (27 pgs, 205 KB) can also be found on the NYS DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/screenasssedfin.pdf and http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/responsumfin.pdf, respectively.

Copies of these documents, as well as the Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact can also be obtained by contacting Timothy Sinnott, NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Bureau of Habitat, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4756, Phone: (518) 402-8970, E-mail: tim.sinnott@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Timothy J. Sinnott, NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4756, Phone: (518) 402-8970, E-mail: tim.sinnott@dec.ny.gov.


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