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ENB - Statewide Notices 3/29/2017

Public Notice

Notice of Draft Restoration Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), on behalf of the State of New York as the "Trustee" of groundwater resources in the state has settled a Natural Resource Damage (NRD) claim with the Responsible Party, Lockheed Martin, for the Unisys State Superfund Site (Site) located in the Village of Lake Success, Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. Long Island's aquifers are designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as Sole Source Aquifers because they are the only source of drinking water for the 2.9 million residents in Nassau and Suffolk County. A portion of this settlement has been designated for restoration projects.

The Trustee seeks this settlement as compensation for injuries to natural resources due to the release of environmental contaminants from the Site that impacted Long Island's sole source aquifer. The Trustee is required to use settlement funds to compensate for those injuries by restoring natural resources, supporting habitat, and/or services provided by the injured resources.

The Trustee has entered into an Order on Consent with Lockheed Martin settling the Trustee's NRD claim. $1,900,000 of this settlement is dedicated to restoration projects to be undertaken by the Village of Lake Success and Town of North Hempstead with NYS DEC approval and oversight. Accordingly, the Trustee has prepared this Draft Restoration Plan and is seeking comments on it.

The Draft Restoration Plan, including Restoration Project Plans developed by the Village of Lake Success and Town of North Hempstead, is available online at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/54189.html; it can also be viewed, by request, at NYSDEC's Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233 through the contact listed below. Comments on the Draft Restoration Plan are due by April 28, 2017 and may be submitted to the contact listed below.

After the comment period on the Draft Restoration Plan, any comments received will be considered before issuance of a Final Restoration Plan.

Contact: Patrick Foster, Esq., NYS DEC - Office of General Counsel, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9502, E-mail: patrick.foster@dec.ny.gov.


State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity Permit No. GP-0-17-004

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is making the draft renewal of the SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (GP-0-17-004) and fact sheet available for public review.

This permit is intended to provide SPDES Permit coverage to facilities with stormwater discharges to surface waters of the State from a point source or outlet that conduct industrial activities. Under this permit, the owner or operator must develop and implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) which identifies specific best management practices (BMPs) to be selected, installed, implemented and maintained at the facility to minimize the presence of pollutants in the stormwater discharges.

Copies of the draft MSGP renewal and fact sheet providing a listing of changes are available on NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html.

State Environmental Quality Review Determination:

The project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action under 6NYCRR 617.5(c)(26).
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated.

Written comments on the draft general permit must be submitted to the contact listed below by close of business on May 1, 2017.

Contact: Steven McCague, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, E-mail: Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov. If submitting comments by e-mail, please include "Comments on the Draft Renewal of the 2017 MSGP" in the subject line.


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.


Draft Amendment No. 3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 Intended Use Plan

FFY 2017 DWSRF Intended Use Plan Amendments:

DWSRF#18149 Ocean Beach (V), Suffolk County - The project cost as listed in the DWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP) is increased by $1,350,000. This increase is necessitated by actual construction contract bids that were received for the project and will ensure that sufficient financing is available to complete the project.

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has determined that the amendments are necessary, reasonable, and in the interest of protecting public health. The amendments will not adversely affect any project on the IUP Project Annual List above the subsidized funding line. Except as noted above, there are no other changes to the IUP as a result of this Amendment No. 3 of the FFY 2017 IUP.

Public Review and Comment on Draft Amendment No. 3

NYS DOH will accept comments on Amendment No. 3 to the FFY 2017 DWSRF IUP by mail, fax or email until 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday April 12, 2017.

Comments should be addressed to:

Michael Montysko
NYS DOH - Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Corning Tower Room 1135
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
Fax: (518) 402-7599
E-mail: bpwsp@health.ny.gov (If sent by email please reference "IUP Amendment Comment" in the subject line)


Notice of Acceptance of Draft SEIS and Public Comment Period

Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Update of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Habitat Management Activities of NYS DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife. Written comments on the Draft SEIS will be accepted by the contact listed below until May 1, 2017. The Draft SEIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/28693.html.

A programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) evaluating the impacts of habitat management on Wildlife Management Areas and other units of state land was prepared by NYS DEC and adopted in 1979. This supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) updates and amends the 1979 PEIS by deleting practices no longer implemented, adding new practices, analyzing the environmental impact of these practices, considering alternative practices, and selecting preferred practices. Other than as modified by this supplement, the original 1979 PEIS remains in full force and effect.

Contact: Marcelo J. del Puerto, NYS DEC - Division of Fish and Wildlife, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4750, Phone: (518) 402-8883, E-mail: WildlifeRegs@dec.ny.gov. Please insert the phrase "Comments on Supplemental Habitat Management EIS" in the subject line.


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