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ENB - Statewide Notices 5/2/2018

Public Notice

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law 13-0309(12) the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has filed a Notice of Adoption with the Department of State to adopt an amendment to 6 NYCRR Subpart 43-1 that will eliminate unnecessary surfclam permits for those who harvest surfclams by mechanical means from waters other than the Atlantic Ocean (i.e., Long Island Sound, Gardiners Bay, and Block Island Sound). This change will increase NYS DEC's administrative efficiency for permit issuance and streamline the permit application process for surfclam harvesters.

This rule will eliminate the need for boat owners and crew members to hold permits to participate in the surfclam fishery in Long Island Sound. The rule will require that only the captain/operator of the surfclam vessel hold a permit to harvest surfclams in the Long Island Sound. Every vessel taking surfclams from these waters would have at least one person on board the vessel who would possess a valid captain/operator permit. The permit holder would be responsible for all fishing activities on board the vessel and for submitting harvest trip reports to NYS DEC. The captain/operator permit would also identify the vessel being used to harvest surfclams. (The vessel is identified on all surfclam permits currently issued).

This amendment will reduce paper usage and printing costs for NYS DEC and streamline the permit approval and issuance process. Applicants will see a reduction in the number of application forms required to be submitted to NYS DEC.

There are no anticipated adverse impacts: there are no mandates for local governments, and there are no costs to NYS DEC, local municipalities, or the regulated public.

This notice will be published in issue 18 of the State Register on May 2, 2018.

For further information please contact:

Maureen Davidson
NYS DEC - division of marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0483

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 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 to reduce the collection frequency of PM2.5 filters at 4 sites in locales also served by other monitors as a cost savings measure, as well as ceasing the operation of a filter based instrument at one site due to local impacts from a nearby HVAC chimney. Additionally, the NYS DEC will be installing a PAMS monitoring station on the North Shore of Long Island in support of the Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study (LISTOS).

The complete network plan document can be accessed from our website for viewing and download at

Written comments on this plan should be forwarded to NYS DEC by June 1st 2018 and addressed to: Brian Lay, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, Bureau of Air Quality Surveillance, 625 Broadway,11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3256.

Round 3 of the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Now Open

The Climate Smart Communities Grant Program provides competitive, 50/50 matching grants to municipalities to conduct climate change adaptation or mitigation implementation projects, or to undertake eligible actions as part of a strategy to achieve Climate Smart Communities certification.

Funding Available. Up to $8.2 million is available for grants of between $10,000 and $2,000,000 for implementation projects related to flood-risk reduction, increasing natural resiliency, extreme-event preparation, relocation or retrofit of critical infrastructure, improving emergency preparedness, reducing vehicle miles travelled (VMT), reducing food waste, reducing landfill methane leakage, and reducing hydrofluorocarbon emissions from refrigeration and other air-conditioning equipment. In addition, $550,000 is available for grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 for certification projects that advance adaptation, land use, transportation, and organic waste management planning, inventory and assessment actions aligned with Climate Smart Communities Certification requirements. Up to five grants of between $2,500 and $9,999 will be available to municipalities of population sizes less than 40,000.

Eligible Applicants. Any county, city, town, or village of the State of New York or New York City borough is eligible to apply. A municipality need not be a Climate Smart Community to be eligible for a grant.

Request for Applications. The complete request for applications (RFA) for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program is available at . Potential applicants must read the entire RFA for complete details on the program, including information on eligible and ineligible expenses, and application evaluation and scoring.

Applying. Apply for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), available online at . Hand-delivered, facsimile, mailed, or e-mailed applications will NOT be accepted. In addition to the application portal, information on other state grant opportunities, instructions for applicants, and a schedule of statewide application workshops are available at the CFA website.

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018. Applications will NOT be accepted after this date and time.

Questions? Email the Office of Climate Change at .

Contact: Mark Lowery, NYS DEC - Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1030, Phone: (518) 402-8448, E-mail:

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