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ENB - Statewide Notices 4/1/2015

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Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to Amend 6 NYCRR Part 10 and Part 40

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-0303, 11-1521, 13-0339, 13-0347, 13-0105e 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 10 and Part 40 pertaining to commercial and Recreational Regulations for Striped Bass.

This notice will be published in issue 13 of the State Register, dated April 1, 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Carol Hoffman
NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0476
E-mail: carol.hoffman@dec.ny.gov


Single-Source State Implementation Plan Revisions for Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) for Danskammer Generating Station and Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for Rockville Centre Power Plant

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) plans to submit to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) two single-source revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP).

6 NYCRR Part 249, "Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART)," requires certain large stationary source facilities to analyze emission control options for nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) to reduce visibility impacts on downwind federal Class I areas. The resulting emission limits, or BART determinations, were submitted to EPA as SIP revisions. On August 28, 2012, EPA approved the majority of NYS DEC's BART determinations, but issued its own limits for two facilities, one of which was Danskammer Generating Station.

NYS DEC renewed the Danskammer Generating Station Title V permit on February 24, 2015 to account for a major repowering project to remove coal-firing capability from the facility. This permit renewal contains the emission limits for NOx, SO2, and PM that EPA issued for Danskammer in its August 28, 2012 rule. NYS DEC is submitting the renewed Title V permit to EPA for incorporation of these revised limits into the SIP. This permit is available in pdf format at the following link: http://www.dec.ny.gov/dardata/boss/afs/issued_atv.html.

6 NYCRR Subpart 227-2, "Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for Major Facilities of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)," contains NOx limits for combustion sources. Subdivision 227-2.5(c) allows for alternate limits where technical or economic infeasibility prevents a facility from complying with the presumptive limits. Such RACT variances must be submitted to EPA as SIP revisions.

NYS DEC renewed the Rockville Centre Power Plant Title V permit on April 30, 2014. This permit places specific operating conditions on the facility's engines and requires them to meet an average emission limit of 6.2 grams per brake horsepower-hour. NYS DEC is submitting the renewed Title V permit to EPA, along with the associated supporting documents, for approval as a SIP revision. The permit is available in pdf format at the following link: http://www.dec.ny.gov/dardata/boss/afs/issued_atv.html. The supporting documents are available by request from the contact person listed below.

NYS DEC is providing a 30 day period to comment on the proposed submission or request a hearing. Written comments should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015 to: Scott Griffin, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3251, or by e-mail to: dar.sips@dec.ny.gov. Scott Griffin can be reached at (518) 402-8396 with any questions regarding this proposed SIP revision.

Contact: Scott Griffin, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3251, Phone: (518) 402-8396, E-mail: dar.sips@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.

NYS 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.


New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Canal Corporation Announce Public Review Period for Draft Annual Reports for GP-0-10-001.

This notice announces the availability of the Draft Annual Reports prepared by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC) pursuant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-0-10-001. The Draft Annual Reports document activities related to the NYSTA's and NYSCC's Stormwater Management Program during the Reporting Period of March 10, 2014 to March 9, 2015. The NYSTA and NYSCC are making these draft documents available for public comment for a period of 30 days, ending April 30, 2015. Interested parties may provide their comments to the NYSTA and NYSCC via e-mail, phone, or mail to be considered in finalizing the documents.

Background: SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-0-10-001, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures. This public notice serves to comply with the NYSTA's and NYSCC's "Public Involvement/Participation" Minimum Control Measure.

Information: The Draft Annual Reports are available online during the comment period at: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/oursystem/environmental/waterquality.html#stormwater

Hard copies of the NYSTA and NYSCC Draft Annual Reports are also available for review at the following locations:

New York Division: 4 Executive Boulevard, Suffern, NY 10901, Phone: (845) 918-2500.

Albany Division: 270 Mount Hope Drive, Albany, NY 12209, Phone: (518) 436-2999.

Syracuse Division: 290 Elwood Davis Road, Suite 250 2nd Floor, Liverpool, NY 13088-2104, Phone: (315) 437-2741.

Buffalo Division: 455 Cayuga Road, Suite 800, Cheektowaga, NY 14225-1309, Phone: (716) 631-9017.

E-mail comments to:

Thruway: ms4artwy@thruway.ny.gov
Canal: ms4arcanals@canals.ny.gov

Mail comments to:

New York State Thruway Authority
Environmental Services Group
Attention: Michael Monahan
200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 471-5942

Contact: Nadine Medina, Barton & Loguidice, P.C., 10 Airline Drive, Suite 200, Albany, NY 12205, Phone: (518) 218-1801, Fax: (518) 218-1805


Negative Declaration

Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Draft Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2015-2020 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the release of the Draft Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2015-2020 by NYS DEC. The Draft Agenda identifies proposed actions to be pursued over a six year period by NYS DEC, in partnership with other agencies and involved stakeholders. The draft action agenda builds on and is a continuation of the 2010 - 2014 Action Agenda.

The goals of the agenda remain unchanged. Revisions have been made to frame the agenda in term of six human benefits: Clean water, Resilient communities, Vital estuary ecosystem, Estuary fish, wildlife and habitats, Natural scenery, and Education, river access, recreation and inspiration. Targets and proposed actions have been updated to better reflect trends, challenges, and opportunities for building better partnership approaches to today's environmental issues.

The draft agenda was reviewed by the program's Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee and was discussed at a public meeting held on November 12, 2014 in a discussion draft format. A generic environmental impact statement, prepared for the 2005-2009 Action agenda, applied to the 2010-2014 agenda, and applies to this 2015-2020 draft agenda. Any specific projects that may be undertaken by NYS DEC or other entity as part of an action agenda benefit or target will be subject to a complete environmental review under SEQRA as part of that project's review and permitting processes.

Comments can be sent until May 15, 2015 by mail or via e-mail to: hrep@dec.ny.gov. (please include the words "Draft Action Agenda" in the subject line). An online version of the 2015-2020 Draft Agenda is available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5104.html.

The project is located in Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Kings, New York, Queens, Putnam, Orange, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester Counties, New York.

Contact: Nancy W. Beard, NYS DEC - Hudson River Estuary Program, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3015, E-mail: nancy.beard@dec.ny.gov.


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