ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Conditioned Negative Declarations

Kings County - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency has determined that the proposed NISA Electric Generation Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves a proposal to install and operate a 79.9 Megawatt (MW) floating power barge to be anchored on the north side of the Barge Basin in Wallabout Channel at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn New York. The Facility would include:

Gas Turbine Generator Set

Two (2) GE LM-2500 combustion gas turbine generators with dry low NOx (DLN) combustors. Primary fuel will be natural gas with low sulfur distillate as a back-up fuel. The gas turbine generators will produce 30,093 KW per gas turbine of electrical power under all ambient temperature conditions. The gas turbine will be either heated or cooled to maintain a constant turbine inlet temperature of 60 degrees F.

Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG)

The HRSG is non-fired and will produce 400 psig steam at 650 F. The HRSG is furnished with a Selective Catalytic Reduction ("SCR") system and a catalytic oxidations system for CO emission control.

Cooling Tower

A wet/dry type cooling tower will be used to supply the absorption water chiller and miscellaneous equipment with cooling tower. The wet/dry configuration abates steam plumes on public and private areas during unfavorable meteorological conditions.

The project is located at the Barge Basin in Wallabout Channel at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn New York.

The conditions imposed are: The proposed project would require excavation for the planned utilities within an area previously used for manufacturing purposes there is the potential that excavated materials may be contaminated. The excavation may also result in potentially significant adverse impacts on archaeological remains. Furthermore, the operation of stationary combustion equipment may result in potentially significant adverse impacts on air quality. However, NYCDEP has determined that the proposed action will have no significant adverse effect once modified in the following areas:

  1. Prior to the commencement of any excavation, a Soil Sampling Protocol will be submitted to NYCDEP for review and approval. Sample results and the proposed disposal method will be submitted to NYCDEP for review and approval. If the soil sampling indicates that the soil is not contaminated, it may be disposed of as non-hazardous waste or be beneficially reused. If the soil sampling indicates that the soil is non-hazardous, but is considered contaminated or industrial waste, it must be disposed of in accordance with all applicable city, state and federal laws and regulations. If the soil sampling indicates that the soil is hazardous, all excavated materials will be disposed of as hazardous waste in accordance with all applicable city, state and federal laws and regulations. In areas where excavated soil is disposed of, clean fill will be used as backfill. If groundwater dewatering is necessary for any phase of the construction project, groundwater monitoring wells will be installed and the groundwater tested for parameters required for proper disposal. The groundwater will be tested for NYCDEP sewer discharge criteria if discharged into the sewer system, or surface water discharge criteria if discharged directly to waterways. A protocol for the installation and testing of the groundwater monitoring wells, if necessary, will be submitted to the NYCDEP for review and approval.
  2. If excavation required for the proposed project will disturb areas below existing fill material on the project site, an archaeological sensitivity study and any necessary mitigation will be performed, in accordance with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYCLPC) Guidelines, prior to excavation and related work associated with the installation of utility lines between the proposed facility and the utility connection points.
  3. Emissions for the NISA Electric Generation Project are based on the manufacturer's specifications for the equipment. The annual and hourly emissions for each source were calculated based on the fuel usage proposed. Emissions listed for the GE turbines shall be limited to 1200 hours of oil firing and 7600 hours of gas firing per year.
Supporting Statements:

The above determination is based on an environmental review which finds that:

1. Condition #1 is necessary to mitigate any potentially significant hazardous material impacts.

2. Condition #2 is necessary to mitigate any potentially significant impacts on archaeologically sensitive resources.

3. An air quality dispersion analysis was performed based on the conditions stated in #3 above. The findings of the dispersion analysis conclude that:

4. The proposed project, situated within the Brooklyn Navy Yard, lies within the designated boundaries of NYC's Coastal Zone and therefore must demonstrate consistency with the City's Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP). A WRP Program Policy Compliance Evaluation was included as part of the environmental assessment. It concluded that the proposed project would be consistent with the WRP policies.

Contact: Joseph W. Ketas, Assistant Commissioner
59-17 Junction Blvd, Corona, NY 11368
Phone: 718 - 595-4411; Fax: 718 - 595-4479; E-mail: joeketas@nysnet.net


Queens County - The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), as lead agency has determined that the proposed Public School 242 Queens will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the site selection, acquisition, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of Public School 242, an early childhood center, with a capacity of up to 350 seats. The project site is a fenced vacant lot (containing approximately 21,000 sq. ft.) that is located at the northwest corner of 31st Road and 137th Street, in the Flushing section of Queens (Block 4371, Lots 168 and 173). Public School 242 will serve the students of Community School District #25 (CSD 25).

As proposed, P.S. 242 will be a four-story structure containing a total of up to 40,000 square feet in gross floor area. The building's footprint would be approximately 10,000 square feet. The remainder of the project site would contain a 3,000 square-foot playground, and additional paving and/or landscaping. Up to twenty-nine teachers and staff would work at the proposed facility. Construction of P.S. 242 is expected to begin in 2000 and to be complete by late 2002.

The conditions imposed include:

  1. The findings of the Phase IB archaeological testing study will be submitted to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) for review. Site disturbance and construction activities would occur on the project site only after the OPRHP has completed its review of the Phase IB study and determines that the project will have no significant impact on cultural resources.
  2. The traffic and transportation analysis indicated that during the PM peak, the Linden Place southbound left movement at the Whitestone Expressway Northbound Service Road would experience a significant impact. This deterioration could be mitigated by shifting two seconds from the service road green phase in conjunction with a four-second shift in green time from Linden Place (all) to the exclusive Linden Place southbound green time. The SCA will petition the New York City Department of Transportation prior to completion of construction to implement traffic signal timing modifications to result in no significant impact on traffic signal timing modifications to result in no significant impact on traffic and transportation in the project site area.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, Vice President & General Counsel
New York City School Construction Authority
30-30 Thompson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 472-8220; Fax: (718) 472-8808

Notice of Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

Richmond County - The New York City Department of Sanitation (DOS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the co-lead agencies, have determined that the Interstate Materials Corporation Solid Waste Transfer Station project, located at 211 Johnson Street, Staten Island, N.Y., in Community District No. 3, may have a significant environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared.

A Public Scoping Meeting will be held on 2/14/00 at 6:30 P.M. in the auditorium of Public School 56, 250 Kramer Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. The Draft Scope is available for review from John J. Strauss, Director of Environmental Review, Bureau of Legal Affairs, NYC Department of Sanitation, 125 Worth Street, Room 708, New York, NY 10013, 212-788-3885, or Jeffrey Rabkin, Environmental Analyst II, Region 2, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 47-40 21st Street, 2nd Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-482-4996. The DOS and DEC contact people listed below will accept written comments until 2/24/00, and interested parties may submit verbal and/or written comments at the Public Scoping Meeting.

The project would be located on a 24.5 acre site at the address given above. Under the proposed action, the current on-site operation, a clean fill material transfer station operated by Interstate Materials Corporation, would be phased out and replaced by three new facilities: a Putrescible Solid Waste Transfer Station capable of handling 1,200 tons per day of commercial solid waste from Staten Island only; a Construction and Demolition Debris Processing Facility capable of handling 2,625 tons per day of construction and debris material; and a Dredged Material Processing Facility capable of handling 830 cubic yards per day of Type I and Type II material.

Contacts: John J. Strauss, Director of Environmental Review
Bureau of Legal Affairs, NYC Department of Sanitation, 125 Worth Street, Room 708, New York, NY 10013; Phone: 212-788-3885
or Jeffrey Rabkin, Environmental Analyst II, Region 2
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 47-40 21st Street, 2nd Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101
718-482-4996.