Public Notice

DEC Announces Free Pollution Prevention Workshops Designed for Metal Finishers

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will conduct four free pollution prevention workshops across the state for the metal finishers industry sector, according to Mary Werner, Acting Director of DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit.

These workshops are designed to provide compliance guidance and technical assistance to metal finishers. The workshops, supported by a grant received from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, are open to industry representatives, consultants, municipal employees or anyone who would like to benefit from this training.

These workshops are part of DEC's growing emphasis on pollution prevention as the most effective and least expensive way to protect our environment," said Werner. "DEC workshops have been very successful at helping industries increase the efficiency and quality of operations through waste reduction and improved environmental compliance."

Workshop participants will receive the following informational materials prepared by the DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit:

  1. Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Guide for Metal Finishers; and
  2. Environmental Self-Assessment for Metal Finishers.

The half-day workshops will be held at the following locations:

All sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m. Interested individuals and groups are asked to pre-register by contacting Dottie O'Hare of DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 457-2553 or fax (518) 457-2570. You can also register on their web site: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu

Negative Declaration

New York City (Citywide) - The New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), as lead agency has determined that the Proposed Routine Comprehensive Arthropod-borne Disease Surveillance And Control Program will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Routine Control Program incorporates various citywide components including larvicide application. The Program has been designed to focus resource efforts up front to monitor and reduce the potential for disease outbreak. The reduction of standing water and the targeting of larviciding efforts (i.e. where they are needed and most effective) will reduce the type and extent of pesticides needed in the event of an outbreak. The NYCDOH primary efforts include an aggressive public health campaign to make residents and businesses aware of on-going City efforts and how they can help in reducing potential breeding areas, as well as taking actions to reduce breeding grounds, and conducting larval control activities. Larvicides will not be applied to waters that are consumed (human drinking water). The use of larvicides should result in a decrease in disease causing adult mosquitoes, therefore decreasing the potential need for adulticides. The project will be undertaken city-wide.

Contact: New York City Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Risk Assessment and Communication, 125 Worth Street, CN-34C, New York, New York 10013; phone (212) 513-7572.

Queens County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Public School 222 - Queens will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a new, 400-seat school to be built on the site of the former young Israel Synagogue and school. The existing vacant building would be demolished and a four-story school building with a rooftop play area would be constructed. The proposed new school would serve in-coming pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and grades one and two. Demolition of the existing building and construction of the new school would take place from the summer of 2000 to mid 2002. The project is located within Community School District 30 (CSD 30) on a 10,000 square foot lot bound by 35th Avenue to the north, 87th Street to the east, 37th Avenue to the south and 86th Street to the west in the Jackson heights section of Queens.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, Vice President and General Counsel, New York City Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101-3045, phone: (718)472-8220.

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Public School 28, 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 28, an early childhood center, with a capacity of up to 400 seats. The project site is a Z-shaped vacant lot containing approximately 42,660 square feet. As proposed, P.S. 28 will include a two-story structure containing a total of approximately 40,000 square feet in gross floor area and two playgrounds totaling approximately 13,000 square feet. Public School 28 will serve the students of Community School District #24. Construction of P.S. 28 is expected to begin in mid August of 2000 and to be complete by the fall of 2002. The project is located at 111th Street and 47th Avenue, Corona, Queens, Block 2003, Lots 23, 33, 35, 36, 47, 49, 51, 53, 54 and 56.

The conditions imposed are:

Contact: Ross J. Holden, Vice President & General Counsel, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, phone: (718)472-8220, fax: (718)472-8220.