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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/18/2015

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Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to Amend 6 NYCRR Part 44

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 3-0301, 13-0105 and 13-0329, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 44 pertaining to Closed Season on Lobster Harvest for LMA 4. This notice will be published in issue 7 of the State Register, dated February 18, 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Kim McKown
NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0454
E-mail: kim.mckown@dec.ny.gov


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces 12th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Application Period Open

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for New York State's annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This awards program recognizes and gives visibility to outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs. The Environmental Excellence Awards program gives businesses, institutions and organizations the opportunity to receive statewide recognition for outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs that are improving New York's environmental resources

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 2015 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, April 10, 2015.

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 an awards ceremony that will be held in late fall 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.


Final Amendment No. 2 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 Intended Use Plan

FFY 2015 Annual List Project Amendment:

Draft Amendment #2 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued October 1, 2014 was published in the January 28, 2015 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #2 closed on February 11, 2015. The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) received no public comments pertaining to this amendment. Therefore, the amendment to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan (IUP) is final as shown below:

DWSRF#17513 Winebrook Hills Water District (T) Newcomb, Essex County - The project cost listed in the Intended Use Plan is amended from $5,302,728 to $5,675,000 due to project cost estimate updates made since the project was initially listed in the intended use plan in 2006.

NYS DOH has determined that the amendment is necessary, reasonable, and in the interest of protecting public health. The project amendment will not adversely affect any project on the IUP Project Annual List above the subsidized funding line. Except as noted above, there are no other changes to the IUP as a result of this Amendment No. 2 of the FFY 2015 Intended Use Plan.

Contact: Michael Montysko, NYS DOH - Bureau of Water Supply Protection, Corning Tower Room 1135, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237, Fax: (518) 402-7599; E-mail: bpwsp@health.state.ny.us.


Draft Amendment No. 3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 Intended Use Plan

FFY 2015 Intended Use Plan Annual List Project Amendment:

DWSRF#17529 Cape Vincent (T), Essex County - The project cost listed in the Intended Use Plan (IUP) is amended from $2,768,640 to $2,852,000 to reflect the project's estimated cost and the hardship commitment letter that was issued in July 2013. A data input error resulted in the cost not being updated for the FFY 2015 IUP

The New York State Department of Health (NSY DOH) has determined that the amendment is necessary, reasonable, and in the interest of protecting public health. The project amendment will not adversely affect any project on the IUP Project Annual List above the subsidized funding line. Except as noted above, there are no other changes to the IUP as a result of this Amendment No. 3 of the FFY 2015 IUP.

Public Review and Comment on Draft Amendment No. 3

NYS DOH will accept comments on Amendment No. 3 to the FFY 2015 DWSRF IUP by mail, fax or email until 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday March 4, 2015.

Comments should be addressed to: Michael Montysko, NYS DOH - Bureau of Water Supply Protection, Corning Tower Room 1135, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237, Fax: (518) 402-7599, E-mail: bpwsp@health.state.ny.us (If sent by email please reference "IUP Amendment Comment" in the subject line).


Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

Statewide - The New York State Public Service Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Reforming the Energy Vision and Clean Energy Fund. The Final EIS is available from the New York State Public Service Commission (NYS PSC), Three Empire State Plaza, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12223-1350; NYS PSC, 90 Church Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10007-2919 and on line at: http://www.dps.ny.gov/

The New York State Public Service Commission's proposed actions regarding Reforming the Energy Vision and establishing a Clean Energy Fund involve: (a) increased penetration of distributed energy generation technologies including solar, wind, fuel cells, hydroelectric, and various combustion technologies (including natural gas) to address peak load demand on New York's electric system assisted by Distributed System Platform Providers; (b) increased customer participation and penetration of energy efficiency technologies and demand management measures to address peak load demand on New York's electric system; (c) modifications in the current regulatory, tariff, and market design and incentive structures to best promote the goals and objectives of Reforming the Energy Vision and establishing a Clean Energy Fund; (d) ensuring continuity of the State's clean energy programs in a manner that complements the existing suite of clean energy programs, including NY-Sun Initiative, New York Green Bank, Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS), Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and Technology and Market Development (T&MD); (e) providing flexibility to allocate funds among a portfolio of clean energy programs in response to evolving circumstances; (f) fostering a more rapid, significant, and sustainable increase in the adoption of clean energy services and technologies; (g) enhancing program efficiency and leverage; (h) providing access to clean energy for low-income customers that may not otherwise benefit from the new markets that develop; and (i) managing the transition from ratepayer surcharges to more sustainable market-based clean energy activities. The Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared in order to analyze potential environmental impacts associated with Reforming the Energy Vision and establishing a Clean Energy Fund.

Contact: James Austin, NYS PSC, Three Empire State Plaza, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12223-1350, Phone: (518) 486-2464, E-mail: James.Austin@dps.ny.gov.


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