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Notice of Legislative Public Hearing

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR; codified at Part 617 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York). NYS DEC has previously provided notice of the proposed regulatory amendments and completion of a draft generic environmental impact statement for the proposed rules in the February 8, 2017 editions of both the New York State Register and the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/109138.html. That notice also indicated that NYS DEC would hold a legislative public hearing on the proposed amendments on March 31, 2017, commencing at 1:00 p.m., at NYS DEC Central Office, Room 129, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.

NYS DEC hereby gives notice of the following additional legislative public hearings and public information sessions on the proposed amendments:

Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: NYS DEC - Region 3 Headquarters
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY

Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Suffolk County Water Authority
260 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge NY

Date: April 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Inn and Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York.

NYS DEC will also conduct public information meetings immediately prior to the start of each of these additional hearings. The public information meetings will be from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the same location.

The purpose of the scheduled public hearings is to receive unsworn statements from the public on the proposed SEQR amendments before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The purpose of the public information sessions will be for NYS DEC staff to answer questions regarding the amendments.

All persons who are interested in the proposed amendments are invited to attend the hearings and to submit oral or written comments on the proposal. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. The ALJ may limit the time available for oral comments to ensure that all persons have an opportunity to be heard. The hearing facility is reasonably accessible to the mobility impaired. Translator services shall be made available, at no charge, upon written request to the NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services (OHMS). All requests for translator services must be made to OMHS, 625 Broadway, First Floor, Albany, New York, 12233-1550, Phone: (518) 402-9003. Any request must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. at least ten days prior to the hearing date. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request to the OHMS at the address listed above at least ten days prior to the hearing date. For those unable to attend the legislative public hearing written comments may be submitted by no later than the close of business on May 19, 2017 to the contact person identified below. Comments may be submitted by e-mail in PDF or MS Word format.

The proposed regulations and impact statements (required by SAPA and SEQR) are available for review on the NYS DEC's website at the following address: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/83389.html.

For further information, contact: James J. Eldred, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, E-mail: SEQRA617@dec.ny.gov.


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 3-0301, 11-303, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 180/Section 180.6 pertaining to Free Sport Fishing Days. This notice will be published in issue 12 of the State Register, dated March 22, 2017.

For further information, please contact:

Joelle Ernst
NYS DEC - Division of Fish and Wildlife
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
Phone: (518) 402-8891
E-mail: joelle.ernst@dec.ny.gov


Notice of Proposed Commissioner's Policy - New York Environmental Leaders

The 30 day public comment period begins on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 for the proposed New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Commissioner's Policy - New York Environmental Leaders.
The proposed policy can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html.

The proposed NYS DEC Commissioner's Policy will create a program to provide recognition to businesses and other entities in New York State that are committed to sustainable practices and conserving New York's environment and natural resources. In order to participate in the program applicants must have a good record of compliance, make commitments to improve their environmental performance, and have a public outreach plan in place.

The goals of the program are to ensure better environmental outcomes and to enhance economic competitiveness by recognizing businesses and entities with superior environmental performance, facilitating the transfer of best practices amongst participants, and providing technical assistance to participants for projects that enhance their environmental performance.

The current NYS DEC Commissioner's Policy 40 - New York Environmental Leaders will be rescinded upon finalization of this policy.

The proposed revisions were published on NYS DEC's website on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017. Written public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. April 21, 2017. Comments should be submitted by to the contact listed below.

Contact: Brendan Woodruff, NYS DEC - Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9159,
E-mail: nyel@dec.ny.gov.


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.

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.


New York State Thruway Authority Announces Public Review Period for Draft Annual Reports for GP-0-015-003

This notice announces the availability of the Draft Annual Report prepared by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) pursuant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit of Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP-0-015-003. The Draft Annual Report documents activities related to the NYSTA's Stormwater Management Program during the Reporting Period of March 10, 2016 to March 9, 2017. The NYSTA Is making this draft document available for public comment for a period of 28 days, ending April 19, 2017. Interested parties may provide their comments to the NYSTA 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 (MS4), GP-0-015-003, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures.

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

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

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

NYSTA - Albany Division
Route 9W, Interchange 23, Building #
Albany, NY 12209.
Phone: (518) 436-2999.

NYSTA - Syracuse Division
290 Elwood Davis Road, Suite 250 2nd Floor
Liverpool, NY 13088-2014.
Phone: (315) 437-2741.

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

E-mail comments to: Thruway: ms4artwy@thruway.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: Kelly Saladis, Shumaker Consulting Engineering and Land Surveying DPC, 143 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901, Phone: (607) 798-8081.


New York State Canal Corporation Announces Public Review Period for Draft Annual Report for GP-0-010-002 and GP-0-015-003

This notice announces the availability of the Draft Annual Report prepared by the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC) pursuant the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit of Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP-0-010-002 and GP-0-015-003. The Draft Annual Report documents activities related to the NYSCC's Stormwater Management Program during the Reporting Period of March 10, 2016 to March 9, 2017. The NYSCC is making the draft document available for public comment for a period of 28 days, ending April 19, 2017. Interested parties may provide their comments to the 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 (MS4), GP-0-010-002 and GP-0-015-003, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures.

Information: The Draft Annual Report is available online during the comment period at: http://www.canals.ny.gov/community/environmental/

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

NYSCC - Albany
Bethlehem Public Library
Attention: Gordon Noble
451 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439-9314

NYSCC - Syracuse
Liverpool Public Library
Attention: Diane Powlson
310 Tulip Street
Liverpool, NY 13088
Phone: (315) 457-0310

NYSCC - Buffalo\
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Attention: Carol Ann Batt
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 858-8900.

E-mail comments to: ms4arcanals@canals.ny.gov

Mail comments to:

New York State Canal Corporation
Environmental, Health & Safety
Attention: Mark Miller
30 South Pearl
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 446-6055

Contact: Kelly Saladis, Shumaker Consulting Engineering and Land Surveying DPC, 143 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901, Phone: (607) 798-8081.




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