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ENB - Statewide Notices 5/17/2017

Public Notice

Data Solicitation for 2018 CWA Section 303(d) List

Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires States to compile periodically (every two years) a list of impaired waters that do not meet water quality standards and where designated uses are not fully supported and where a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan is necessary to address the impairment. States are scheduled to submit their next Section 303(d) Lists to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) by April 1, 2018. To support the development of the Section 303(d) Lists, States are also required to assemble and evaluate existing and readily available water quality related data and information. New York State is currently soliciting and accepting water quality data and information that may be useful in compiling the 2018 Section 303(d) List.

Background:
The water quality assessment of New York State's waters is a continuous process. Participation and input from a wide range of state, federal and local agencies and non-governmental water quality partners (watershed groups, lake associations, academic researchers, etc.) is encouraged. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is able to effectively manage the statewide assessment process by focusing the effort on a limited number of specific drainage basins each year. Concentrating on a few basins each year allows NYS DEC to provide ample opportunity for the extensive list of interested groups to provide input and allows for a thorough evaluation of all available data.

Every two years, corresponding to the development of the State's Section 303(d) List, the public is solicited to provide water quality data and information for any waterbody (any basin). This allows for a more comprehensive updating of the List. Some of the solicited data and information may result in changes to the List; other data, it may be determined, will have no impact on the pending List, but will be incorporated into subsequent water quality assessments. Some of the data and information received during the solicitation may not be sufficiently conclusive to make a definitive impairment determination and use of this data and information may also be deferred until the more complete assessment of the corresponding basin is conducted.

In order to be included for consideration in the compiling of the 2018 CWA Section 303(d) List, data and information must be received by September 29, 2017. It is not the intent of this cut off date to exclude additional information. Rather the date is necessary in order to provide adequate time to review data and information, complete water quality assessments, receive and respond to public comment on the assessments, compile a draft Section 303(d) List, public notice the List, and submit a List to US EPA by April 1, 2018.

Data submissions should be accompanied by a completed Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) Assessment Worksheet (PDF 350 KB), which may also be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/36730.html. This worksheet allows for the capture of water quality information based on available data, or based on general observation of conditions and/or local knowledge of designated use support/non support of a waterbody absent specific (numeric) monitoring data. Worksheet information can also be obtained by contacting: Sarah Rickard, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179. Completed WI/PWL worksheets, supporting water quality monitoring data, a copy of the corresponding Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), QA/QC results summary and a description of measures used in the collection of data should sent to the address above, or forwarded via e-mail to: 4pwlinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Guidance regarding the use of water quality data and information to conduct assessment and make listing decisions is outlined in the New York State Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology. These methodologies are available for review and NYS DEC will accept public comment on these documents throughout the 2018 Section 303(d) List development process. Additional information regarding Section 303(d) List development, including the Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html.

For questions regarding the information in this notice please contact: Sarah Rickard, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: 4pwlinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Air Resources operates an ambient air monitoring network for various air contaminants within the State. As required by federal regulations, NYS DEC prepares an annual monitoring network plan, which describes in detail the specifics of the monitoring network. This plan includes an annual review of the existing monitoring network to determine the adequacy of the network and to propose any network modifications. The proposed annual monitoring network plan must be available for public review for a 30 day period prior to submittal to United State Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). This notice is intended to afford interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed plan.

NYS DEC has reviewed the current ambient air monitoring network and is proposing locate two required PAMS sites in the Bronx and on the north shore of Long Island, and collocating a PM2.5 instrument in Amherst, NY. In addition, the NYS DEC is requesting to close the Pb-TSP monitoring site at Ballard Road, and move the collocated sampler to the Wakefern Food Site at the end of 2017.

The complete network plan document can be accessed from our website for viewing and download at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/33276.html

Written comments on this plan should be forwarded to NYS DEC by June 17th, 2017 and addressed to: Brian Lay, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, Bureau of Air Quality Surveillance, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3256.

Contact: Brian Lay, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, Bureau of Air Quality Surveillance, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3256.


New York State Green Procurement Program

Notice of availability of the Draft 2017 Tentatively Approved Specifications on Batteries and Single Use Food Containers

This notice announces the availability of two draft tentatively approved specifications on Batteries (new) and Single Use Food Containers (amended). The two specifications were tentatively approved by the Interagency Committee on Sustainability and Green Procurement (Committee) co-chaired by the Commissioners of the New York State Office of General Services (NYS OGS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) on April 28, 2017. Public comment on the draft specifications will be accepted at least through August 30, 2017.

Background:

The State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability program was established by Executive Order No. 4 in 2008 and continued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2011. The Order created an Interagency Committee on Sustainability and Green Procurement and charged it with several tasks, including the development of green product specifications for priority categories of commodities, services and technology. The specifications identify product criteria that will:

  • Reduce or eliminate the use or release of toxic substances;
  • Minimize the discharge of pollutants into the environment;
  • Minimize the volume and toxicity of packaging;
  • Maximize the use of recycled content and sustainably managed renewable resources; and
  • Provide other environmental and health benefits.

Once a specification receives final approval, State agencies, authorities, and other entities covered by the Order are required to purchase commodities, services and technology that meet the criteria established in it.

Information:

Copies of the Draft 2017 Tentatively Approved Specifications on Batteries and Single Use Food Containers are available on the NYS OGS GreenNY web page at https://www.ogs.ny.gov/greenny/green-tentative.asp. Copies of the specifications can also be obtained by contacting: Elizabeth Meer, NYS DEC - Executive Division by mail at 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1010, or by phone at (518) 402-2796. An electronic version of these documents can also be requested by an e-mail to: GreenEO4@ogs.ny.gov.

Public comments regarding the specifications should be mailed to Elizabeth Meer of the Executive Division at the above address or e-mailed to: GreenEO4@ogs.ny.gov.

If no suggested edits or negative comments are received on a draft specification by August 30, 2017, that specification will be considered approved and posted as such. If suggested edits or negative comments are received on a draft specification, the next time the Committee meets after such date, public comments will be reviewed, the Committee will make any needed edits, and if a majority of the Committee votes affirmatively for final approval, the specification or amended specification will be posted as "approved."

Contact: Elizabeth Meer, NYS DEC - Executive Division, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1010, Phone: (518) 402-2796; E-mail: GreenEO4@ogs.ny.gov.


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