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ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 12/27/2017

Chautauqua County

Applicant:

Ball Hill Wind Energy LLC
11101 W 120th Ave Ste 400
Broomfield, CO 80021

Facility:

Ball Hill Wind Project
Parts of Town of Villenova and Arkwright, 9700 Acres
Villenova, NY

Application ID:

9-0699-00063/00004

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 11 Endangered/Threatened Species (Incidental Take)
Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project is Located:

Villenova, Chautauqua County

Project Description:

Ball Hill Wind Energy, LLC (the Applicant) is proposing to construct a 100 MW wind energy generation facility in the Towns of Villenova and Hanover in Chautauqua County, New York. The Project will also include the installation of a possible single permanent meteorological tower, 13 miles of gravel access roads, 20 miles of electrical collection and communication cables, an operations and maintenance facility, an electrical collection substation, and an additional 6 miles of electrical collection lines to transmit power to the electrical grid. An Article 24 wetland permit is required for 100' adjacent area impacts to NYSDEC jurisdictional wetlands SC-12 and SC-13. The impacts will involve removal of vegetation, rutting from equipment, temporary side casting of material during installation, and periodic mowing outside of agricultural fields. The Article 15 stream disturbance permit is for impact to sixteen Class A stream segments involving 517 linear feet for culvert installation and a total 1369 feet of temporary stream bank impact. A Part 182 Listed Species Incidental Take Permit is necessary for potential take of Northern long eared bats (NLEB) due to operation of the turbines. A 401 Water Quality Certificate is requested due to impacts on Army Corps of Engineers regulated wetlands. SEQR documents and related materials are available on the website: www.ballhillwind.com. The Joint Application is available at the Hanover and Villenova Town Offices.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: Villenova Town Board

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A cultural resources survey has been completed and cultural resources were identified. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have an adverse impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. The department must consult further with OPRHP before making a final decision regarding the issuance of the permit.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jan 26, 2018.

Contact:

Rudyard G Edick
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
DEPPermitting@dec.ny.gov


Erie County

Applicant:

Village of Gowanda
Municipal Bldg
27 E Main St
Gowanda, NY 14070

Facility:

Village of Gowanda WWTF
ldrich St
Gowanda, NY 14070

Application ID:

9-1436-00007/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES - Surface Discharge

Project is Located:

Collins, Erie County

Project Description:

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue a renewal to State Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (SPDES) permit NY0032093 for the surface discharge of treated wastewater via Outfall 001 to Cattaraugus Creek, a class C(T) water. The facility's sewage collection system consists of separate sewers. Treatment consists of screening, grit removal, primary settling, biotower trickling filters, secondary clarification, and chlorination. Sludge is thickened, digested anaerobically, dewatered either by asphalt drying beds or mechanically by a belt filter press, and composted. DEC proposes to incorporate the following modifications to this permit: Administrative information has been updated; SSO Outfalls 002 and 003 have been removed; Flow limit to Outfall 001 revised to 2.2mgd; Limits, monitoring, and reporting for specific parameters have been updated, added and/or removed; Disinfection season has been changed; Visual observation requirement has been removed; Whole Effluent Toxicity testing has been added; High Priority Mercury Minimization Program has been added; Footnotes have been updated; Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance Plan has been added; Mini-Pretreatment Program has been updated; Schedule of Submittals has been added; Recording, Reporting and additional Monitoring Requirements page has been updated. The permit includes updated forms and the latest general conditions. Details of changes are specified in the draft permit and fact sheet which may be viewed and printed from the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6054.html.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29)

It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jan 26, 2018.

Contact:

Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
DEPPermitting@dec.ny.gov


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