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ENB - Region 7 Notices 3/18/2015

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango RA # 28, Stand A-29.1, Red Brook State Forest will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of registered herbicides to undesirable woody and herbaceous plants (beech, hophornbeam, musclewood, striped maple, Hay scented and New York fern, and invasive species (Japanese knotweed and/or Giant knotweed) on 46 acres of the Red Brook State Forest. This will create conditions suitable for seed germination and the establishment of desirable (commercial) timber species and to prevent the spread of invasive species into the interior forest. The abundance of these undesirable and invasive plant species present on the site are growing at a density that interferes with the development of desirable forest regeneration. Herbicide application is the most effective way to eliminate plant species that interfere with the development of desirable forest regeneration. The dominance of this vegetation in the forest understory prevents adequate regeneration of desirable tree species from becoming established. The reduction of this interfering vegetation will allow the natural regeneration of desirable tree species, such as Black cherry, White ash, Yellow birch, Red maple and Sugar maple seedlings. Repeat applications may be necessary to achieve acceptable success rates. The project is located on Chenango Reforestation Area # 28, Stand A-29.1, Red Brook State Forest, off of County Route 2, in the Town of German, New York.

Contact: Christopher Sprague, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4017 extension 609.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Cortland and Onondaga Counties - Cortland County and Onondaga County, as co-lead agencies, have accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Cortland-Onondaga Solid Waste Partnership. The Final EIS is available from the Onondaga County Legislature, 401 Montgomery Street, Courthouse Room 401, Syracuse, NY; the Cortland County Legislature, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland, NY; the Onondaga County Central Library,447 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY; the Cortland Free Library, 32 Church Street, Cortland, NY and on line at: www.bartonandloguidice.com/CortlandOnondagaPartnership.htm.

The action involves the formation of the Cortland-Onondaga Regional Solid Waste Partnership between Cortland County, Onondaga County, and the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) is proposed for improvement of municipal solid waste (MSW) management within the two counties. The proposed Partnership includes the use of the existing OCRRA Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility, located in Onondaga County, for processing both Onondaga County and Cortland County waste into energy. In addition, the existing Cortland County Landfill would be utilized for disposal of ash residue from the WTE Facility.

The project would include: transport of ash residue from the OCRRA WTE Facility to the Cortland County Landfill for disposal; the construction of a grade separation transfer station at the Cortland County Landfill Site; transport of Cortland County's waste from the proposed transfer station facility to the OCRRA WTE Facility for processing; a modification of the current Cortland County Landfill permit to increase the permitted tonnage acceptance rate to 95,000 tons/year to allow for disposal of the WTE Facility ash residue; legislative adoption of changes to the existing importation laws in both counties to allow for the transportation and management of MSW and ash residue between the two counties; and the execution of agreements in support of this proposed Partnership. The impacts of the implementation of flow control in Cortland County in combination with the Partnership have also been considered.

Each County has separately undergone the statutory required process of updating their Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP). Each County's LSWMP contemplates the proposed Partnership, but also includes other aspects of solid waste management that address the distinct circumstances of each County. For this reason, the LSWMP updates have been considered under a separate environmental review.

The project is located in the Towns of Homer, Solon, and Cortlandville in Cortland County and the Town of Onondaga in Onondaga County, New York.

Contact: Jillian Blake, Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C., 290 Elwood Davis Road, Box 3107, Syracuse, NY 13220, Phone: (315) 457-5200, E-mail: CortlandOnondagaPartnership@bartonandloguidice.com.


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