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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/3/2016

Public Notice

This notice announces the availability of the Draft 2016 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and require development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. Public comment on the list will be accepted for 45 days, through March 4, 2016.

Background: The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to periodically assess and report on the quality of waters in their state. Section 303(d) of the Act also requires states to identify Impaired Waters, where specific designated uses are not fully supported. For these Impaired Waters, states must consider the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other more appropriate strategy to reduce the input of the specific pollutant(s) that restrict waterbody uses, in order to restore and protect such uses. Additionally, the state is required to maintain a Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) to outline its process for monitoring and assessing the quality of New York State water: the Assessment Methodology which outlines how waters are evaluated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to determine the degree of use support, and the Listing Methodology which outlines the criteria NYS DEC uses to determine what waters are to be included on the Section 303(d) List. These documents are intended to clarify the current and continuing approach to assessment and listing by New York State.

Information: Copies of the Draft 2016 New York State Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies are available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html. Copies of the List and Methodologies can also be obtained by contacting the NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at: (518) 402-8179. An electronic version of these documents can also be requested by e-mail to: sarah.rickard@dec.ny.gov

Public comments regarding the Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies should be mailed to Sarah Rickard of the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management at the above address, or e-mailed to: sarah.rickard@dec.ny.gov

Contact: Sarah Rickard, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: sarah.rickard@dec.ny.gov


Notice for New York State Hazardous Waste Large Quantity Generators and Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and/or Disposal Facilities

A Hazardous Waste Report, for each calendar year, is required and must be submitted by large quantity generators and treatment, storage and/or disposal facilities in New York State. The Report must be submitted to and received by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) by March 1 of each year.

Generators and facilities are required to submit a Report if any one of the following criteria applies:

  1. The site generated in any single calendar month 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) or more of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) or New York State hazardous waste; or
  2. The site generated in any single calendar month, or accumulated at any time more than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of RCRA acute hazardous waste; or
  3. The site generated in any single calendar month, or accumulated at any time, more than 100 kg (220 lbs) of spill cleanup material contaminated with RCRA acute hazardous waste; or
  4. The facility, during the calendar year, treated, stored and/or disposed of RCRA or New York State hazardous waste on-site in units subject to hazardous waste permitting requirements (6 NYCRR Part 373); or
  5. The site generated 15 tons or greater of hazardous waste or hazardous wastewater. Only universal waste is exempt from counting with regard to this requirement. Other exemptions or exclusions to annual hazardous waste reporting do not apply if 15 tons or greater are generated.

Instructions and forms to be completed for the Report can be found at: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8770.html. NYS DEC encourages all parties to submit the forms on-line at: www.arminc.net. If on-line submission is not an option, the forms can be submitted in paper form. If completed on-line, the Declaration of Electronic Filing must be mailed and received by March 1, 2016. The originator of the Report is required to maintain a copy of the Report submitted for three years. For questions regarding the filing criteria or completion of the Report, please e-mail your questions to HazardousReport@dec.ny.gov or call (518) 402-8730 if e-mailing is not an option.

Where paper forms are being submitted, they must be submitted to the address below and received by March 1, 2016.

NYS DEC
Manifest and Reporting Section
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7252

Important: NYS DEC is going paperless, as much as possible. To receive future information electronically regarding the NYS DEC Hazardous Waste Management Program go to: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/subscriber/new. Go to the "Waste Management and Cleanup" category and select the "Hazardous Waste" subscription topic.

Contact: Toni Norfleet, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Bureau of Program Management, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7252, Phone: (518) 402-8730, E-mail: HazardousReport@dec.ny.gov.


Extension of Comment Period

Notice of Availability for Comment - Renewal of State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) General Permits

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to renew SPDES General Permit GP-0-14-001 and SPDES General Permit GP-04-02 for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) by making available for comment and issuing two draft General SPDES Permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs): ECL SPDES General Permit for CAFOs GP-0-16-001; and CWA SPDES General Permit for CAFOs GP-0-16-002.

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) SPDES General Permit GP-0-16-001

Construction of a point source that is designed, constructed, operated and maintained to not discharge manure or process wastewater is deemed eligible for coverage under ECL SPDES general permit GP-0-16-001 and must obtain coverage prior to operation of the CAFO facility.

Owners or operators of existing CAFOs eligible to be covered by GP-0-16-001 shall submit a Notice of Intent and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Certification to NYS DEC within 150 calendar days from the date this permit becomes effective. Notifications for new or expanded facilities must be made at least 30 calendar days prior to commencing operation of the new facility or facility expansion. Refer to the Draft General Permit and Fact Sheet for application requirements for existing, new or expanded facilities.

Clean Water Act (CWA) SPDES General Permit GP-0-16-002

Construction of a point source that is designed, constructed, operated and maintained to discharge manure or process wastewater must seek coverage under CWA SPDES general permit GP-0-16-002 and must obtain coverage prior to operation of the CAFO facility.

Owners or operators of CAFOs eligible to be covered by GP-0-16-002 shall submit a Notice of Intent and Annual Nutrient Management Plan (ANMP) within 120 calendar days from the date this permit becomes effective. Notifications for a new or expanded facility must be made at least 30 days prior to commencing operation of the new facility or the facility expansion. Refer to the Draft General Permit for application requirements for existing, new or expanded facilities.

NYS DEC retains the authority and discretion to determine that a CAFO may not be eligible for coverage under either of these general permits and, as such, may require the CAFO to submit an application for coverage under an individual SPDES permit.

SEQR Determination: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, General Permit GP-0-16-001 renews GP-0-14-001 and GP-0-16-002 renews GP-04-02 and are Type II actions.

Availability of Application Documents: NYS DEC's draft SPDES General Permits and Fact Sheets are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the Contact Person identified below. It is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person beforehand. The draft SPDES General Permits and Fact Sheets are also available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6285.html.

Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on the draft SPDES general permits must be submitted in writing to the contact person no later than February 12, 2016.

Contact: Douglas Ashline, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, Phone: (518) 402-8247, E-mail: douglas.ashline@dec.ny.gov


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces Webinar - Registration Required

"Apply for a NYS Environmental Excellence Award and Get Statewide Recognition"

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is conducting a webinar for those interested in applying for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Details: Participants will learn about the benefits of being a New York State Environmental Excellence Award winner; get tips for submitting a competitive application and hear from previous award winners (Golub Corporation/Price Chopper and the National Hockey League) about the importance of receiving statewide recognition.
Registration: On-line registration required: http://on.ny.gov/1VbKmMx.

The New York State Environmental Excellence Awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy. Award winners are an elite group of committed organizations leading by example as serving as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

For more information about the webinar or the New York State Environmental Excellence Awards program, contact: Marna A. Posluszny, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone (518) 402-9167, Fax (518) 402-9168, E-mail awards@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces 13th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards - Applications Accepted Through April 8, 2016

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program (Press Release: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/104885.html). The 2016 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html .

The awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that contribute to a healthier environment and economy. Award winners are an elite group of committed organizations leading by example and serve as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Businesses (i.e., small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality, sports, etc.);
  • Not-for-profit organizations; education, health care and recreational facilities;
  • Individuals, and
  • Local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies

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 and all 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.

Examples of the kinds of projects NYS DEC is especially interested in showcasing include, but are not limited to, innovative projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through state-of-the-art:

  • Green infrastructure projects;
  • Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Climate change adaptations;
  • Food waste reduction efforts; recycling and composting programs;
  • Initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities etc.;
  • Clean energy and renewable energy projects;
  • Creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • Energy efficiency improvements;
  • Education and training programs;
  • Manufacturing process improvements and "green tech" solutions; and
  • Creative urban forestry or farming practices, including programs to advance "farm to table."

Completed applications for the 2016 awards must be post marked no later than Friday, April 8, 2016. Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held in November 2016. At the awards ceremony, award winners will have the opportunity to showcase information about their innovative project or program.

For more information about the NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program, contact: Marna A. Posluszny, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone (518) 402-9167, Fax (518) 402-9168, E-mail awards@dec.ny.gov.


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