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ENB - Region 4 Notices 5/2/2018

Public Notice

Notice of Public Comment Period
Notice of Availability of Draft 6 NYCRR 373 Permit
Notice of Availability of Statement of Basis

SI Group Inc.

EPA ID No.: NYD002070118 Date: April 25, 2018
DEC Permit No.: 4-4228-00056/00012

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has reviewed the 6 NYCRR Part 373 Hazardous Waste Management Permit renewal application submitted by:

SI Group Inc.
1000 Main Street
Rotterdam Junction, New York 12150

NYS DEC has made a tentative determination to renew the 6 NYCRR 373 (Part 373) Hazardous Waste Management Permit for SI Group Inc. (SI Group). The draft Part 373 Permit and Statement of Basis, which provides background information related to the site contamination and investigation, are available for review and comment. The Statement of Basis also presents the remedy proposed by NYS DEC, and the basis for its selection.

State regulations require that the public be given forty-five (45) days to comment on the draft Part 373 Permit and Statement of Basis. The public comment period begins on May 2, 2018 and will extend through June 18, 2018.

Facility Description and Proposed Action:

The SI Group's Rotterdam Junction site is an active chemical manufacturing facility classified as a large quantity generator of hazardous waste (6 NYCRR Part 372) and has been issued a Part 373 Permit for corrective action of contamination. The site is managed as two Operable Units (OUs) and is divided into OU1 on the east side of the site and OU2 on the west side. The Part 373 Permit authorizes the implementation of selected hazardous waste management remedies for Areas 2, 5, 7, 21, 22 and Building 9 & 37 Septic Area, which are all located in OU1. The remedies for the Areas are as follows:

  • limited excavation, soil vapor extraction (SVE), in-situ soil stabilization (ISSS), physical containment by way of the barrier wall and monitored natural attenuation for Area 2;
  • SVE with physical containment by way of the barrier wall for Areas 5, 21 and 22;
  • limited excavation with physical containment by way of the barrier wall for Area 7; and
  • soil cover with monitored natural attenuation for the Building 9 and 37 septic area.

The draft Part 373 Permit maintains the requirements stipulated in the existing permit for SI Group to provide financial assurance for closure of the facility and it maintains requirements for SI Group to provide funding to the NYS DEC for an on-site NYS DEC monitor.

Tentative Determination:

NYS DEC has determined that the SI Group permit application is complete and has made a tentative determination to issue the Part 373 Permit Renewal. The draft Part 373 Permit has been prepared pursuant to the applicable regulations in 6 NYCRR Part 373-2 (Final Status Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities), as well as with all other applicable hazardous waste management laws and regulations.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

The NYS DEC proposed action is the renewal of SI Group's existing Part 373 Hazardous Waste Management Permit. Under 6 NYCRR Part 621.5(c)(26), permit renewals that include no material change in permit conditions or the scope of permitted activities are considered Type II actions under SEQR. Therefore, no additional SEQR review is required.

Document Availability:

Hard copies of the Statement of Basis and draft Part 373 Permit are available for inspection at the following locations:

NYS DEC - Region 4 Office
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306-2014
Contact: Trish Gabriel

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: (518) 388-4500

How to Provide Comments:

Any interested person may submit comments. All comments will be considered in making the final decision regarding the renewal of the Part 373 Permit. Should the NYS DEC decide to issue the Part 373 Permit Renewal, a response to any comments submitted will be given that will identify any changes from the draft version of the permit and will describe and respond to the issues raised. A Notice of the Decision will be sent to each person who submits written comments or who requests such notice.

All persons interested in commenting on the Statement of Basis or the Draft Part 373 Permit should submit comments by no later than June 18, 2018 to the contact listed below.

Contact: Trish Gabriel, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306-2014, E-mail: DEP.R4@dec.ny.gov


Negative Declaration

Albany County - The City of Cohoes, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Municipal Public Improvement Work will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves the renovation of Canal Square Park in the heart of downtown Cohoes. The reconstruction is predominantly repair and replacement in kind and will allow for a broader variety of uses suitable to the urban environment, including community events, art programming. and flexible festival uses. The project is located at 72 Remsen Street in the City of Cohoes, New York.

Contact: Debbie Jacques, City of Cohoes, 97 Mohawk Street, Cohoes, NY 12047; Phone: (518) 233-2121; E-mail: djacques@ci.cohoes.ny.


Albany County - The City of Albany Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sandidge Way Apartments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves a plan for 252 ± residential units in 7 buildings, a maintenance building, common areas, and off-street parking for 400 ± cars including 188 ± parking spaces at the lower level of the residential buildings, 152 ± surface spaces and 57 ± banked spaces. The parking ratio of 1.75 cars per apartment unit exceeds the required level for apartments required by the City of Albany Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance. The Applicant proposes to widen and improve the existing pavement on Sandidge Way.

The Applicant proposes to consolidate the lands occupied by the Plan into two parcels. One lot southeast of Sandidge Way will contain 3.89 acres of land. A second lot northwest of Sandidge Way will contain 2.60 acres of land. Both will contain approximately 40% ± green space under the plan. Storm water management will use infiltration methods approved under SPDES GP#0-15-002. The methods employed will be porous pavement and subsurface infiltration galleries.

The project is located 2-11 Sandidge Way, 3-12 Sandidge Way, and 263-271 Fuller Road in the City of Albany, New York.

Contact: City of Albany Department of Planning and Development, 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany, NY 12210; Phone: (518)465-6066, E-mail: albany2030@albanyny.gov


Greene County - The Town of Greenville, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Greenville Sewer District Extension 2018 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The Town of Greenville has been planning and implementing wastewater improvement projects over the past decade to improve sewer service, water quality and the environment. The original extensions included expanding the Sewer District to Route 32 and 81 within the Town. The Town of Greenville expanded the project to include expanding the Sewer District to Hill Street and County Route 26 thereafter. The Town of Greenville is expanding the project again to include another District Extension on NYS Routes 81 and 32. The project will continue to eliminate a number of potentially failed septic systems which are believed to be degrading water quality in the Town. The project would provide municipal sewers for properties and businesses with marginal or failed sewer systems giving the owners the ability to sell properties and alter the use of small lots. The current project will also reline and adopt private sewers behind Tops grocery store on Route 32 in order to serve a new commercial property with public sewers. Tractor Supply is planning to build a store on the northern most parcel within the District. The Town of Greenville Planning Board has already reviewed and approved the new Tractor Supply.

The project is located at Route 81 and Route 32 in the Town of Greenville, New York.

Contact: Lindsay Ostrander Allen, Delaware Engineering, DPC, 28 Madison Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203; Phone: (518)452-1290, Fax: (518) 452-1335, E-mail: lallen@delawareengineering.com


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Schenectady County - The Town of Rotterdam Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Senior Living District at Whispering Pines. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the John F. Kirvin Govt. Center, 2nd Floor, Town Hall, 1100 Sunrise Boulevard, Rotterdam, NY 12306. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 25, 2018. The Draft EIS is available from the Town of Rotterdam Town Clerk's Office, John F. Kirvin Government Center, Town Hall, 1100 Sunrise Boulevard, Rotterdam, NY 12306 and on line at: http://www.rotterdamny.org/senior-living-community.aspx

The action involves the adoption of a Senior Living District to be located on approximately 90 acres. This new Zoning District will allow, after Planning Board review, the construction of up to 496 senior living units in the form of single family units, town-home units, independent living senior apartments, and both an assisted living facility and memory care facility. Recreational and other uses serving the senior community are also allowed. The existing golf course will be reconfigured as an executive 9 hole course and remain open to the public. The project is located at 2200 Helderberg Avenue in the Town of Rotterdam, New York.

Contact: Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam, Town Hall, 1100 Sunrise Boulevard, Rotterdam, NY 12306; Phone: (518) 355-7575 x 338, Fax: (518) 355-2725, E-mail: publiccomment@rotterdamny.org


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