Public Meetings

The Environmental Justice Advisory Group, established by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will be holding four public meetings throughout New York State to solicit comments on environmental justice issues affecting the people of the State of New York. The meeting schedule is as follows:

May 2, 2000 Syracuse, NY Sheraton University Hotel
& Conference Center
801 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
June 1, 2000 Buffalo, NY Adams Mark Hotel
120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
June 27, 2000 New York, NY Federal Building
290 Broadway, 30th Floor, NY, NY
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM AND
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
July 12, 2000 Albany, NY Council of Community Services Bldg.
200 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, NY
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

*Please plan to arrive on time in order to participate fully in the meeting.*

Topics for Comment: We invite you to comment on any of the following issues, or any other environmental justice-related issues of concern to you:

If you cannot attend one of the public meetings, you can send written comments to:

Monica Abreu Conley, Esq., Environmental Justice Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Room 611, Albany, NY 12233-1040 or send an email at envirju@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Notices

The notice published in the April 19, 2000 issue of the ENB regarding draft Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2000 CWSRF IUP showed an incorrect close of comments date. The notice below shows the correct date for close of comments on the amendment, close of business Wednesday, May 10, 2000.

Draft Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2000 CWSRF Intended Use Plan
Revised Short-Term Financing Program

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2000 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control Projects, dated September, 1999, is being amended.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), together with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), administers the CWSRF, which includes the Short-Term Financing Program. The Short-Term Financing Program provides interest-free loans to borrowers to pre-finance eligible CWSRF projects. The EFC has prepared a revised Short-Term Loan Policy which requires a revision to the FFY 2000 IUP section that discusses the Short-Term Financing Program. Two significant changes have been made to the previous Short-Term Financing Program as follows:

  1. The total project cost threshold at which a short-term loan must be converted to leveraged financing once construction of all major contracts has started has been increased from $4.0 million to $5.0 million.
  2. All short-term loans will be written for a term of three (3) years from the date of loan closing to avoid the need to amend loan agreements if project progress is delayed. The policy continues to include mandatory conditions for conversion of the short-term loan to long-term financing.

Therefore, it is proposed that the FFY 2000 CWSRF IUP Section III, Short-Term Financing Program (page 6), be amended to reflect the revised short-term policy.

Copies of Draft Amendment No. 1 and the revised Short-Term Loan Policy can be requested by calling EFC's toll-free line at (800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or at (518) 457-3833. Copies of the draft amendment and revised policy will be mailed to municipalities, consulting firms and interested parties who were mailed the final FFY 2000 CWSRF IUP. Amendment No. 1 and the revised Short-Term Loan Policy will also be available on the EFC web site at http://www.nysefc.org (click on "What's New").

Written comments on Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2000 CWSRF IUP and the revised Short-Term Loan Policy will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business Wednesday, May 10, 2000. Comments should be addressed to:

Mr. David Morseman
Program Services Representative III
Division of Program Management
NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation
50 Wolf Road, Room 502
Albany, New York 12205-2603
FAX: (518) 485-8494

Seventh Annual NYS Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention

Applications are now available for the New York State Seventh Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention. The awards program was established to recognize pollution prevention efforts by NYS organizations. Applicants can compete in one of the two following categories. 1) Facilities generating waste and pollution: small (100 or fewer employees), mid-size (more than 100 and fewer than 500 employees), or large (more than 500 employees) industrial, commercial or institutional facilities; federal, state and local governments; and educational institutions, and 2) technical assistance providers: environmental, community and civic organizations; trade associations or other business/industry groups; federal, state and local governments, and educational institutions; and other public or private entities. Nominations for awards will be made to Governor Pataki by Commissioner Cahill of the Department of Environmental Conservation based on recommendations from a selection committee.

Criteria to be considered for the applicants include: description of pollution prevention project, program or technology; waste volume/toxicity reduction; environmental, economic and other benefits; commitment and leadership; relevance to others; and community involvement.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The awards will be presented at the Pollution Prevention Conference which will be held September 19-21,2000 at the Radisson-The Hotel Syracuse, Syracuse, New York. Applications are due June 30, 2000, and are available through the DEC's website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards should contact Mr. Carlos Montes at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 50 Wolf Rd., Room 298, Albany, NY 12233-8010, telephone (518) 457-0774, Fax 518-457-2570.

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