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ENB - Region 4 Notices 8/30/2017

Negative Declaration

Albany, Delaware and Schoharie Counties - The New York Power Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Communications Backbone Execution Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

To ensure the continued security of its telecommunications, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) has developed a Communications Backbone Execution Plan (Plan). The multi-year Plan will create statewide, multipath, and robust interconnections between NYPA's major facilities. NYPA has assessed the first segment of the proposed Plan: the two-path system to interconnect the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project (BG) to NYPA's White Plains office, limited to the removal of existing ground wire and the installation of optical ground wire (OPGW) on the GF-5 line between BG and Fraser substation, on the UCC2-41 line from Fraser substation to Coopers Corners substation, and on the GNS-1 line between BG and New Scotland substation. The proposed action will take place within existing NYPA right-of-ways (ROWs). NYPA will use helicopters to remove the existing cable and install the new OPGW between transmission towers, thereby reducing construction vehicle traffic within the ROW. NYPA will locate pull sites for these activities wherever the angle changes between adjacent transmission towers or whenever a spool of OPGW is expended and spliced into a new spool. NYPA expects the time to remove and replace the ground wire with OPGW to be 3-4 weeks for GNS-1 (2017), 3-4 weeks for GF-5 (2018), and 4-6 weeks for UCC2-41 (2019). NYPA did not identify any moderate to large adverse environmental impacts, but did evaluate unavoidable small adverse environmental impacts. Based on its review, NYPA has determined that the duration, extent and severity of implementing this segment of the Plan and any cumulative or synergistic effects will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts.

The project is located in Albany, Schoharie, Delaware and Sullivan Counties.

Contact: Erika Cozza, 123 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601; Phone: (914)287-3654, Fax: (914)287-3294, E-mail:

Greene County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gary's Route 81 Stone Quarry Mined Land Permit Modification Renewal will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The applicant proposes to renew and modify an existing permit for the operation of a 29 acre Life of Mine (LOM) shale mine. The modification proposes a 50 foot reduction of the distance between the LOM boundary and the property line, resulting in a 25 foot setback, as well as reducing the previously approved reclamation plan of six benches to three benches each measuring 75 foot tall. The project is located South of Route 81, West of Bill Matter Road in the Town of Coxsackie, New York.

Contact: Kristy E. Primeau, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306; Phone: (518)357-2069, E-mail:

Schoharie County - The Village of Schoharie Village Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Land Use Law (LUL) amendments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an update of the Village of Schoharie Land Use Law with amendments that are based on the recommendations of the updated Village of Schoharie Comprehensive Plan. The project is located throughout the Village of Schoharie, New York.

Contact: Nan Stolzenburg or John Borst, 300 Main Street, PO Box 219, Schoharie, NY 12157; Phone: (518)295-8500, E-mail:

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