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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/30/2019

Notice of Complete Application
Notice of Public Comment Hearing
Notice of Public Comment Period

Applicant:

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC
2800 Post Oak Blvd Level 17
Houston, TX 77056

Project:

Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

DEC Application IDs:

2-9902-00109/00002 ETS
2-9902-00109/00003 EF
2-9902-00109/00004 WQC
2-9902-00109/00005 SPDES

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 11 Title 5 Endangered/Threatened Species (Incidental Take)
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES - Surface Discharge
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project Location:

Raritan Bay (Queens and Richmond County)

Project Description:

The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE Project) is a 26-inch diameter pipeline proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco) that would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, travelling underwater in the Raritan Bay and Lower New York Bay to approximately three miles offshore of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens Borough. Approximately 23.5 miles of underwater pipeline will be installed, of which approximately 17.4 miles would be in New York State waters.

The NESE Project would connect to the existing Rockaway Delivery Lateral in Queens, and would provide 400,000 dekatherms per day of incremental capacity to National Grid to serve customers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. According to Transco, the project is intended to support reliability as well as help displace the use of oil.

The NESE Project would be installed a minimum of 4 feet below the sea floor through a combination of jet trenching, clamshell dredging and horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Construction would be phased to avoid potential impacts to marine species. If permits are ultimately issued, compensatory mitigation would be required to offset unavoidable impacts to benthic resources, including shellfish.

Water Quality Certification (WQC) Application:

In accordance with Clean Water Act Section 401, prior to commencing construction, applicants seeking a federal license or permit for activities that may result in a discharge to navigable waters must obtain a WQC from the NYSDEC indicating that the proposed activity will comply with State water quality standards. The review and issuance of a Water Quality Certification would also require approvals pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 11, Endangered and Threatened Species and Article 15, Protection of Waters.

State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Application:

Prior to putting the pipeline into service, the line will be hydrostatically tested with filtered seawater treated with a corrosion inhibitor and a non-toxic fluorescent dye. The applicant has applied for an Industrial State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit for the discharge of the hydrostatic test water to two outfall locations. A draft SPDES permit (NY0296457) has been prepared which includes flow rate monitoring; BPJ-based effluent limits for benzene, toluene, xylene; and technology-based effluent limit for oil and grease. Permit details can be seen in a draft permit and fact sheet on New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYS DEC) website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6054.html.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and NYSDEC 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. The documents are also available at: http://northeastsupplyenhancement.com/ and:

Bay Ridge Public Library
7223 Ridge Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-5709

St. George Library Center
5 Central Ave
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 442-8560

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Determination:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead agency for the environmental review of interstate natural gas pipelines under the federal Natural Gas Act. FERC staff prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS), dated January 25, 2019 for the NESE Project, Docket No. CP17-101, pursuant to NEPA. The FERC Final EIS can be viewed and downloaded at: https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/docket_search.asp by entering the Docket No. and the date of the Final EIS in the search boxes.

The federal environmental review process conducted by FERC pursuant to NEPA takes the place of an environmental review conducted under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. NYS DEC evaluates the FERC NEPA documents and the permit applications submitted by applicants to NYSDEC to ultimately make a determination regarding issuance of NYS DEC authorizations.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

This project is not subject to SEQR (federally preempted) and therefore is treated as if it was 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 activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation laws (Section 106 of NHPA) and the project area of potential impact is substantially the same.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is 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.

Statutory and Regulatory Provisions:

The above referenced applications were filed and reviewed pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 3, Title 3 (General Functions, Powers, Duties and Jurisdiction), and Article 70 (Uniform Procedures Act or UPA); and pursuant to Title 6 of Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) Part 621- Uniform Procedures. The relevant regulations are found at: Part 182 (Incidental Take Permits), Part 608 (Protection of Waters), Part 750 (SPDES) and Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 USCA 1341).

The project is required to demonstrate the ability to obtain coverage under the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater General Permit for Construction Activities (GP-0-15-002) prior to conducting any construction activities that disturb greater than one acre.

Public Comment Hearing:

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8, a public comment hearing for the receipt of public comments on the permit applications will be held on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at the following location:

Bay Ridge Manor House
476 76th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-8855

There will be two sessions for comment, one session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the second session will begin at 6:00 p.m.

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to notify NYS DEC in advance to speak at the public comment hearing. Equal weight will be afforded to both oral and written statements. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. The presiding Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may set reasonable time limits for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. The hearings are fully accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to the hearing impaired at no charge upon written request to Molly T. McBride, ALJ, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9003 no less than one week prior to the hearing.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Written comments submitted to NYS DEC during this comment period and oral comments given at the Public Comment Hearing are considered part of the record. At the conclusion of the public comment period NYS DEC will determine pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8 whether substantive or significant issues have been raised in the public comments or public comment hearing to warrant an Adjudicatory Hearing. If no issues are raised to warrant further adjudication, NYS DEC will proceed to a final permit determination, either denying the permit(s) or issuing the permit(s), which may include developing a response to comments.

Individuals and parties may file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed below or may submit comments electronically at NESEproject@dec.ny.gov.

All written filed comments and electronically submitted comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2019.

Additional information on the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project is available on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html.

Contact:
Karen Gaidasz
NYSDEC - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1750
Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168


Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Animal Care and Control of New York City, Inc. for a site known as Queens Animal Shelter and Care Center, site ID #C241230. This site is located in the Ridgewood neighborhood within the County of Queens and is located at 151 Woodward Avenue.

A copy of the application, Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Queens Library at Ridgewood, 20-12 Madison Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385 and the Queens Community Board 5, 61-23 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Sarah Quandt, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9768, E-mail: sarah.quandt@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html.

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


Positive Declaration with Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed GO Broome Street Development may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on February 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission Hearing Room, 120 Broadway, Concourse Level, New York, NY 10271. Written comments will be accepted until March 8, 2019.

The action involves a request by the Applicants, GO Broome LLC and The Chinatown Planning Council Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. (CPC), for a series of discretionary approvals from the New York City Planning Commission. The land use actions include: a zoning map amendment to change an R8 district to R9-1 with a C2-5 commercial overlay; a zoning text amendment to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) area; a major modification of an existing Large Scale Residential Development (LSRD); and zoning text amendments and an authorization to facilitate the proposed development (the Proposed Actions).

The area affected by the Proposed Actions consists of the blocks bounded by Broome Street, Suffolk Street, Grand Street and Essex Street, located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 3, New York. The sites within the affected area include Block 346, Lots 37 and 75, the Development Site, as well as Lots 1 and 95), and Block 351, Lot 1, the Affected Area. The Proposed Actions would facilitate the development of two buildings totaling 462,142 gross square foot. The first proposed building would be a 30 story, 310 foot tall mixed-use, contextual high-rise building with 316,421 gross square foot of residential space, approximately 40,222 gross square foot of community facility space to be owned by New York City Planning Commission, and approximately 18,788 gross square foot of retail space. The second proposed building would be a 16 story, approximately 165 foot tall Affordable Independent Residence for Seniors (AIRS) building with 82,923 gross square foot of residential space and 3,788 gross square foot of community facility space.

In total, the Applicants' proposed development would have approximately 488 residential units including up to 208 affordable residences composed of up to 93 permanently affordable units pursuant to MIH, and 115 AIRS units. Separate from the proposed development, the owner of Lot 95 would develop a commercial addition on Lot 95 totaling approximately 4,759 gross square foot (Projected Development Site 2). Altogether, the With-Action condition would total 466,901 gross square foot of new development. Absent the Proposed Actions, the project area would remain in the existing condition. The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2023.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212) 720-3493, Fax: (212) 720-3495, Email: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


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