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ENB - Statewide Notices 4/17/2019

Public Notice

Proposed Approval of the Intense® Dry Cleaning Solvent for Use in New York State

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to approve the Intense® solvent for use in alternative solvent dry cleaning machines regulated under 6 NYCRR Part 232, Dry Cleaning Facilities. Unless significant adverse comments are received by NYS DEC by May 17, 2019, the Intense® solvent will be approved for use after publication on NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/72273.html. After September 6, 2018, only approved alternative solvents may be used in alternative solvent dry cleaning machines which operate in New York State.
Manufacturers requesting approval of an alternative solvent must submit to NYS DEC the information specified in 6 NYCRR Part 232-3.8(c) of the Dry Cleaning Facilities regulation. After approval, should the chemical formulation of the solvent be modified, the re-formulated alternative solvent must be resubmitted and approved by NYS DEC prior to use in New York State. NYS DEC will issue all proposed determinations of approval within 90 days of receipt of a complete submission.

The following alternative dry cleaning solvents are currently approved for use in New York State:

  • Green Earth® (SB-32): decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, CAS 541-02-6, by General Electric
  • ExxonMobil DF-2000: synthetic hydrocarbon, CAS 64742-48-9
  • Chevron Philips EcoSolv®1: highly refined hydrocarbon, CAS 68551-17-7
  • Rynex 3™: dipropylene glycol tert-butyl ether, CAS 132739-31-2
  • Sasol (LPA-142): highly refined hydrocarbon, CAS 64742-47-8
  • R.R. Streets Solvair™: dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether (DPGnBE), CAS 29911-28-2
  • SolvonK4™: dibutoxymethane, CAS 2568-90-3, by Kreussler
  • Green Earth® GEC-5: decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, CAS 541-02-6, by Shin-Etsu
  • DC-142: aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent, CAS 64742-88-7, by Essential Solvents
  • SenseneTM: synthetic hydrocarbon (CAS 64742-48-9) and alkoxypropanol formulation mixture, by SAFECHEM
  • R.R. Streets KtexTM: synthetic hydrocarbon (CAS 64742-48-9), propylene glycol monobutyl ether (CAS 5131-66-8), and orange terpenes (CAS 68647-72-3) formulation mixture, by BARDAHL

Should the Intense® solvent be approved for use it will be added, as noted below, to the above list and published on NYS DEC's website:

  • Intense®: aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent (CAS 68551-19-9) and propylene glycol ether formulation mixture, by Seitz

Comments on the proposed approval of the Intense® alternative dry cleaning solvent should be emailed to DAR.Web@dec.ny.gov by May 17, 2019.

Contact: Thomas Gentile, NYS DEC - Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, 9th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3259, Phone: (518) 402-8402.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces 16th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards - Applications accepted through April 17, 2019

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2019 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program (Press Release) https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/116310.html. The awards program recognizes businesses, institutions, governments, and organizations for their outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability.

The 2019 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html.

The awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships. Since the program began in 2004, 92 committed organizations have been honored with this outstanding award. Award winners are leading by example and serving as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Businesses (small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, retail, agri-business, renewable energy, hospitality, sports, etc.)
  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Education, health care and recreational facilities; and
  • Local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies.

To be eligible, a project must be in New York State; result in measurable environmental and economic benefits beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements; be initiated within the past three years and be fully operational for at least 12 months. Applicants must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law and all applicable permits and local laws.

Review criteria will include an assessment of: environmental benefits; economic benefits; innovative approaches; advancement of sustainability; employment or continuation of creative partnerships; demonstration of commitment, leadership and environmental excellence; demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements.

Competitive applications will focus on innovative and cutting-edge projects or programs that are achieving significant environmental benefits through:

  • greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
  • manufacturing process improvements;
  • climate change adaptations;
  • food waste reduction efforts;
  • recycling and composting programs;
  • "green tech" solutions;
  • initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities;
  • clean energy projects and energy efficiency improvements;
  • green infrastructure projects;
  • natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • urban forestry or farming practices;
  • programs advancing locally grown and "farm to table; and
  • education and training programs.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in November, 2019. At that time, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

For more information about the award program and the 2019 application materials, contact: Marna Posluszny, NYS DEC - Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7253, Phone: (518) 402-9469, E-mail: awards@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) Announces Public Review Period for Draft Annual Report for GP-0-15-003.

This notice announces the availability of a Draft Annual Report by NYS DOT, pursuant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-0-15-003. The Draft Annual Report documents the NYS DOT’s Stormwater Management Program for the Reporting Period of March 10, 2018 to March 9, 2019.

NYS DOT is making this draft document available for public comment for a period ending May 17, 2019. Interested parties may provide their comments to the NYS DOT via mail or e-mail to be considered in finalizing the document.

Background: The SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-0-15-003, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures. This public notice serves to comply with the NYS DOT’s “Public Involvement/Participation” Minimum Control Measure.

Information: Copies of the Draft Annual Report can be obtained by contacting the NYS DOT Office of Environment by mail at POD 4-1, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232, or by phone at (518) 457-5672. The Draft Annual Report is also available on the NYSDOT Stormwater Management webpage during the comment period at:
https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/engineering/environmental-analysis/water-ecology/stormwater-management

Mail comments to:
Ellen Kubek, NYS DOT - Office of Environment, POD 4-1, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232.

E-mail comments to:
Stormwater@dot.ny.gov - Subject Line: Comments – Draft MS4 Annual Report 2019

Contact: Ellen Kubek, NYS DOT - Office of Environment, POD 4-1, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232, Phone: (518) 457-5672, E-mail: Stormwater@dot.ny.gov.


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