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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/15/2017

Public Notice

Funding Opportunity for Riparian Buffer Protection and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is accepting applications for funding through the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Grant Program until April 14, 2017.

This grant is intended to provide funding to land trusts, municipalities and soil and water conservation districts so they can acquire conservation easements or purchase land in riparian areas and restore riparian buffer vegetation for the purpose of reducing nutrient pollution. Specifically, this grant will focus on protection and restoration of land not currently protected by a conservation easement or owned by a land trust or municipality.

Eligible applicants include the following:

Public Conservation Agencies: Governmental Entities, Municipalities, and Quasi-Governmental Entities, including but not limited to, Counties, Cities, Towns, Village or tribe recognized by New York State or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof, Public Benefit Corporations, Public Authorities, Municipal Corporations, or Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Private Conservation Agencies: Not-for-profit land trusts and any other not-for-profit corporations whose charitable purposes include the protection of open space, scenic, natural, agricultural, or historic resources, and that have the legal power to acquire interests in real property. "Not-for-Profit Corporation (NFP)" is an organization that is subject to New York State's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and is qualified for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code.

Applications must include one or more of the following programs types:

  1. Buffer Restoration on Unprotected Land
  2. Buffer Restoration on Protected Land
  3. Protection of Existing Riparian Buffers

Total MWBE Participation Goals: 30%

Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Grant Program can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/33279.html. Applications can be submitted through the Grants Gateway at : http://grantsreform.ny.gov/. Log on and search for "Chesapeake Bay Watershed Grant Program". All questions should be submitted to: nonpointsource@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Lauren Townley, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8283, E-mail: nonpointsource@dec.ny.gov.


Single-Source State Implementation Plan Revision for Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) for Roseton Generating Station

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) a single-source revision 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 at downwind federal Class I areas. The resulting emission limits, or BART determinations, were submitted to US EPA as SIP revisions. On August 28, 2012, US EPA approved the majority of NYS DEC's BART determinations, but issued its own limits for two facilities, one of which was for SO2 emissions from Roseton Generating Station.

NYS DEC renewed the Roseton Generating Station Title V permit on December 5, 2016. The permit includes the federal BART SO2 emission limits and re-aligns the NOx emission limits with those approved as BART by US EPA. The existing PM emission limits have been accepted as BART by US EPA. This single-source SIP revision introduces no new requirements for the facility; rather, NYS DEC is submitting the renewed Title V permit to US EPA for incorporation of these revised BART 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.

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 March 17, 2017 to: Scott Wajda-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 Wajda-Griffin can be reached at (518) 402-8396 with any questions regarding this proposed SIP revision.

Contact: Scott Wajda-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.


Public Notice

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

Applications Accepted through April 14, 2017

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2017 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program, the press release is available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/109244.html. The 2017 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website at: 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.

Competitive applications will focus on innovative and cutting-edge projects or programs that are achieving significant environmental benefits through:

  • greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
  • climate change adaptations;
  • food waste reduction efforts;
  • recycling and composting programs;
  • "green tech" solutions;
  • initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities;
  • clean energy projects and energy efficiency improvements;
  • green infrastructure projects;
  • natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • urban forestry or farming practices;
  • programs advancing locally grown and "farm to table;
  • education and training programs; and
  • manufacturing process improvements.

A NYS DEC webinar on Tuesday, February 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. will provide details about the awards program and how to submit a competitive application. Participants will also hear from previous award recipients about the importance and benefits of being one of 80 awardees that are leading by example in their sector and community. Those interested in attending the webinar must register at: http://on.ny.gov/EEAwebex.

Completed applications must be post marked no later than Friday, April 14, 2017. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony in November 2017. At that time, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

For more information about the award program and the 2017 application materials, contact: Marna Posluszny, NYS DEC - Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7253, Phone: (518) 402-9469, E-mail: awards@dec.ny.gov.


Notice of Complete Application

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to issue blanket Water Quality Certification for a subset of the Nationwide Permits to be re-issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers as described in the Federal Register dated January 6, 2017.

Permits Applied for:

Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project Location:

Statewide

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

The project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

The draft blanket Water Quality Certification can be viewed online at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html or a hard copy will be mailed by contacting the person listed below. Comments on this project must be submitted to the contact person in writing no later than Thursday, March 2, 2017.

Contact: Kent P. Sanders, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, E-mail: deppermitting@dec.ny.gov.


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