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ENB - Statewide Notices 8/10/2016

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has finalized guidance on safe harbor. This Safe Harbor Guidance is intended to guide commercial fishing vessels in need of safe harbor for one of the following reasons: mechanical breakdown; unsafe weather conditions; loss of essential equipment; and significant medical emergency. Under one of these conditions, which are defined in the guidance, a seagoing commercial fishing vessel who cannot legally enter New York waters, will be allowed to do so. Commercial seagoing vessels seeking safe harbor must obtain prior permission from New York State and comply with the protocol established in the Safe Harbor Guidance.

The Safe Harbor Guidance will become effective 30 days after this publication in the ENB. Full text of the Safe Harbor Guidance can be obtained at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2379.html or by contacting Monica Kreshik, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1500, Phone: (518) 402-8555.

Contact: Monica Kreshik, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1500, Phone: (518) 402-8555.


Release of Updated New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has finalized updates to the New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (Blue Book). The final document is dated July 2016.

The Blue Book provides standards and specifications for the selection, design and implementation of erosion and sediment control practices for the development of Erosion and Sediment Control Plans for the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (CGP). The Blue Book is also referenced in the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 GP) as the technical standard used for local programs to control construction activity (Minimum Control Measure 4). The standards and specifications in the Blue Book provide criteria on minimizing erosion and sediment impacts from construction activity involving soil disturbance.

The previous Blue Book (2005 version) was over ten years old and in need of updating to address United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs') published on December 1, 2009, advancements in technology, and issues that had been identified by stakeholders (e.g. private sector consultants, other governmental agencies, etc.) that use the document.

A draft of the Blue Book was Public Noticed on February 24, 2016 for 30 days with 22 sets of comments received. The majority of changes made to the draft in response to comments relate to clarifications of the existing criteria in the Blue Book.

The final document will be available for download on the following webpages. The 2005 version will also be available for download until the CGP is modified.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8694.html
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29066.html

If you have any questions, please contact: Dave Gasper, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, E-mail: Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Implementation Plan: Infrastructure Assessment for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard Pursuant to Sections 110(A)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) plans to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) entitled "New York State Implementation Plan: Infrastructure Assessment for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard Pursuant to sections 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act". This "infrastructure" assessment demonstrates that New York's air program addresses basic SIP requirements related to the attainment of the 2012 Annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard including ambient air quality monitoring and data systems, programs for enforcement of control measures, adequate authority and resources to implement the plan.

NYS DEC is providing a 30 day period for the public to comment on the PM2.5 Infrastructure SIP or to request a hearing. The public can inspect a copy of the proposed SIP by (1) visiting the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8403.html or (2) contacting Diana L. Rivenburgh, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3251, or (3) e-mailing your request to: dar.sips@dec.ny.gov. Written comments or request for a public hearing should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2016 to: Diana L. Rivenburgh, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3251, or by e-mail to: dar.sips@dec.ny.gov. Ms. Rivenburgh can be reached at (518) 402-8396 with any questions regarding this SIP.

Contact: Diana L. Rivenburgh, 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.


Notice of Legislative Public Hearings

Applicant:

Dominion Transmission Inc.

Project Title:

New Market Project

Permit and Application Numbers:

Application ID: 4-2730-00038/00001 - Air State Facility - Brookman Corners Compressor Station
Application ID: 7-2530-00033/00001 - Air State Facility - Sheds Compressor Station
Application ID: 8-0740-00081/00001 - Air State Facility - Horseheads Compressor Station

Project Description:

Dominion Transmission Inc., filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate) with the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 2, 2014 to construct and operate the New Market Project which involves the expansion of its existing pipeline systems located in New York. The New Market Project includes the construction of two new compressor stations (Horseheads Compressor Station and Sheds Compressor Station) and the modification of an existing compressor station (Brookman Corners Compressor Station). The new compressor stations and the modification of the existing compressor station require the issuance of Air State Facility permits as described below.

The project also involves modifications of two existing compressor stations (Borger Compressor Station and Utica Compressor Station) and a metering station (West Schenectady Meter Station). The modifications at these facilities include adding gas coolers and other upgrades that do not require approval from the Department.

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide an additional 112,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of firm pipeline capacity to deliver natural gas to customers along the Dominion Pipeline in New York State.

Review History

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) issued a Notice of Complete Application on July 6, 2016 requesting written public comments on the above referenced applications on or before August 5, 2016: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20160706_not0.html. On August 3, 2016 NYS DEC issued a Supplemental Notice indicating the comment deadline for submitting written comments was extended until September 12, 2016: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20160803_not0.html. This Supplemental Notice includes reference to Public Statement Hearings (Dates, times and locations provided below).

Legislative Hearings

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8, legislative public hearings for the receipt of public comments on the permit applications and Air State Facility draft permits will be held on August 29, August 30 and September 1, 2016 at the three locations listed below. Each public hearing will commence at 6:00 p.m. All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to notify NYS DEC in advance to speak at the legislative hearing. Equal weight will be afforded to both oral and written statements. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation.

The presiding Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may set reasonable time limits for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. The hearings are fully accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to the hearing impaired at no charge upon written request to the NYS DEC contact person named below, no less than one week prior to the hearing.

The Legislative Public Hearings are scheduled as follows:

Date: Monday, August 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Morrisville State College
Crawford Hall Room #107
80 Eaton Street
Morrisville, NY 13408

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Corning Community College
Triangle Lounge
1 Academic Drive
Corning, NY 14830

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Canajoharie Central School District
High School Auditorium
136 Scholastic Way
Canajoharie, NY 13317

Parties may also file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed below. All written comments must be postmarked or submitted electronically by fax or email no later than Monday, September 12, 2016.

Public Hearing and Comment

Written comments submitted to NYS DEC during this comment period and oral comments given at the Legislative Hearing are considered part of NYS DEC's record for the pending applications. At the conclusion of the public comment period NYS DEC will determine pursuant to 6 NYCRR §621.8 whether substantive or significant issues regarding the pending applications have been raised in the public comments or legislative hearing to warrant an Adjudicatory Hearing, or whether the permits should be issued without any further review. If no issues are raised as to the pending applications to warrant further adjudication, NYS DEC will proceed to develop a response to comments, provide public notice of the approval of the permits and issue the requested permits.

Contact: Christopher M. Hogan, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9151, Fax: (518) 402-9168, E-mail: NewMarketProject@dec.ny.gov.


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