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ENB - Statewide Notice 10/25/2017

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Marine Resources has reopened the public comment period for a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 44 Lobsters and Crabs and Part 50 Miscellaneous Marine Species. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making for this rule was originally published on July 12, 2017.

The following provisions were proposed:

1) Require the use of terrapin excluder devices measuring one and three-quarter inches high by four and three-quarter inches wide in crab traps set in nearshore harbors, creeks, and tributaries of the marine and coastal district;

2) Allow two horseshoe crab permit holders to harvest from a single vessel or vehicle, each can take a single harvest limit; and

3) Require mandatory catch reporting for whelk permit holders.

These amendments will promote prudent management strategies for crabs, horseshoe crabs and whelk.

Although the original public comment period ended on August 28, 2017, NYS DEC is now reopening the public comment period for this rule making for an additional two weeks, starting on October 26, 2017. Comment will be accepted until close of business on November 8, 2017.

More information about this proposed regulation, including the full text, can be found on the NYS DEC Marine Resources Proposed, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations web page at:

Please submit comments to:

Kim McKown
NYS DEC - Division of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0454

Pollution Prevention Institute Request for Applications (RFA)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has issued a Request for Application to solicit applications from public and private universities, or non-profit institutions, to operate a pollution prevention institute in New York state (Institute). The Institute will offer an unparalleled center for technology evaluation and development as well as training and assistance to state businesses and organizations. The Institute will promote cost effective methods of reducing and eliminating the use of toxic substances and resources in the manufacturing process and product design through pollution prevention strategies.

Incorporating on-site technical assistance, research and development, technology transfer, technology demonstration, education and outreach, the Institute will focus on sustainability and toxic use reduction over the course of the entire production process or product life-cycle.

The Institute will foster partnerships between businesses, universities, state and local governments, and health and environmental organizations. These partnerships will stimulate the deployment of pollution prevention strategies and technologies, and lead to research and development of cutting-edge environmental technologies that have near-term potential to promote sustainable economic development. The Institute shall focus on priorities that optimize environmental benefit and economic development.

To apply for this opportunity, log-in or create an account in the NYS Grants Gateway at: or and search for Pollution Prevention. The question and answer period ends on November 8, 2017. Applications are due December 14, 2017.

Contact: Timothy Kirchgraber, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, 625 Broadway, 9th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: 518-402-9469, E-mail:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to Recognize Organizations Working to Sustain New York State's Natural Resources and Strengthen Its Economy

Registration Required to Attend Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony

NYS DEC will recognize a number of organizations for their innovative programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability at the 14th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony. The event will take place at Union College at College Park Hall in Schenectady at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Members of the public are invited to the awards ceremony, however space is limited and those wishing to attend must pre-register by going to: (link leaves NYS DEC website). Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. for registration and to network with award winners.

Union College was honored with an award in 2008 for the U-Sustain program, a campus-wide initiative that continues to reduce the college's ecological footprint, foster a sustainable campus culture and increase awareness of environmental stewardship in the community.

NYS DEC established the Environmental Excellence Award in 2004 to honor and showcase selected businesses, schools, municipalities, governments and not-for-profit organizations achieving outstanding environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability. Since then, NYS DEC has recognized 80 organizations.

For more information about the awards ceremony, contact: Marna Posluszny, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8706, E-mail:

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