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ENB - Region 4 Notices 12/7/2016

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Habitat Management Plan (HMP) for Louise E. Keir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a HMP for Louise E. Keir WMA to guide habitat management on this area to benefit wildlife and facilitate wildlife-dependent recreation for a ten year time period. This plan also incorporates aspects of the NYS DEC's Young Forest Initiative, which aims to establish a minimum of 10% of the forested acreage on WMAs as young forest over the next 10 years. Young forest is an important part of the forested landscape, but has been declining over the past 50 years along with the wildlife that depend on this habitat. This project is located at Louise E. Keir Wildlife Management Area on Blodgett Hill Road in the Town of Coeymans, New York.

Contact: Selinda Brandon, NYS DEC - Region 4 Stamford Sub Office, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Wildlife, 65561 State Route 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7367.


Otsego County - The Village of Cooperstown, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposed upgrade plan for the construction of a new 50 foot diameter primary clarifier to the east of the existing primary clarifier in a previous undisturbed area. The following existing equipment will be modified and/or upgraded, without footprint changes: grit removal, primary clarifier, trickling filter; rotary biological contractors and building; secondary clarifier no. 1 and 2; and, yard piping. New Sludge Dewatering and Cold Storage are planned to be constructed within the footprint of the existing sludge drying bed area. A new tertiary filtration building may be added in the future in a previously undisturbed area. The project is located on Linden Avenue in the Town of Otsego, New York.

Contact: Jeff Katz, Town of Otsego, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326, Phone: (607) 547-2411, E-mail: jkatz@cooperstownny.org.


Rensselaer County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rifenburg Construction, Hoffay Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to add 21 acres to an existing 121.5 acre life of mine, for a new life of mine encompassing 142.5 acres. The project is located on Route 150 and Sheer Road in the Town of Sand Lake, New York.

Contact: Nancy Baker, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2452, E-mail: R4DEP@dec.ny.gov.


Rensselaer County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Warren W. Fane Trucking - Poestenkill Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to mine sand and gravel from 9.985 acres within a 17.69 acre parcel. The project is located on Snyders Corners Road in the Town of Poestenkill, New York.

Contact: Nancy Baker, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2452, E-mail: R4DEP@dec.ny.gov.


Rensselaer County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Callanan Industries - Wynantskill Pit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to add 1.5 acres to an existing 539 acre life of mine for the purpose of creating a mine-through and more uniform slope with the adjacent proposed Poestenkill Mine, and also to import vegetative yard waste to manufacture topsoil. The project is located south of NYS Route 66 and north of Snyders Corners Road in the Towns of North Greenbush and Poestenkill, New York.

Contact: Nancy Baker, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2452, E-mail: R4DEP@dec.ny.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft SEIS and Public Hearing

Albany County - The New York State University Construction Fund, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed University at Albany Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex. A public hearing on the Draft SEIS will be held on December 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the University at Albany Uptown Campus, SEFCU Arena Hall of Fame Room (main lobby floor). Written comments on the Draft SEIS will be accepted until December 30, 2016. The Draft SEIS is available from the Uptown Campus Service Building A; the Downtown Campus Dewey Graduate Library; the Albany Library-Pine Hills Branch; the Guilderland Public Library and on line at: http://www.albany.edu/facilities/dgeis/uptown.html.

The action involves a proposal by the New York State University Construction Fund to construct the Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC) as part of the State University of New York at Albany's (UAlbany) research, education, and economic development initiative. The proposed ETEC Project will be an approximately 243,000 square foot building complex owned and operated by UAlbany that will be built on a 12 acre parcel on the New York State Office of General Services W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus directly adjacent to the main/Uptown UAlbany Campus in Albany, New York. Additional improvements associated with the Project include a pedestrian walkway, parking lots, roadway improvements, and utility improvements. The Project and associated disturbances are anticipated to encompass approximately 18.3 acres of land.

The ETEC Project will serve as the new home of the University's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, as well as the home of the University's nationally recognized research and instruction in atmospheric sciences. The building will be designed to be a hub of innovation, co-locating researchers, instruction, entrepreneurs, and investors, providing the technology transfer and commercialization resources to drive economic growth, create jobs, and enhance New York's competitiveness in key industries.

The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement builds on and serves as a continuation of the SEQRA reviews previously conducted for the UAlbany Capital Projects Plan and the Harriman Campus master planning.

Contact: Peggy McSorley, State University Construction Fund, 353 Broadway, Albany, NY 12246, Phone: (518) 320-1710, E-mail: Peggy.McSorley@suny.edu


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