ENB - REGION 4 NOTICES

Public Notice

Public Notice Of Trial Burn Schedule For Norlite Corporation

Norlite Corporation (Norlite), located at 628 South Saratoga Street (State Route 32) in Cohoes, New York, operates two rotary kilns to manufacture light weight aggregate from shale. In these kilns, Norlite burns hazardous wastes/low grade fuel and waste oil for heat. Norlite has Air and Hazardous Waste Management Permits (Part 212 and Part 373 permits) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Prior to issuance of these current Permits, Norlite conducted a trial burn for the permitted operating conditions and completed an acceptable multi-pathway human health risk assessment based on this trial burn emissions.

Norlite's Part 373 permit, which regulates combustion of hazardous wastes in these kilns, is in the process of being renewed. As part of the this renewal process, Norlite is required to perform another trial burn to: 1) demonstrate continued compliance with the performance standards in 6NYCRR Part 373-1.8 for burning hazardous wastes in boilers and industrial furnaces; 2) to enable NYSDEC to determine kiln operating conditions to be specified in the renewed permit to ensure routine day-to-day compliance of these kilns with these standards; and 3) to obtain emission data for a multi-pathway risk assessment. This trial burn was performed during April 1999 as per Department-approved trial burn plan. The public notification of the trial burn was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on March 31, 1999 and was also distributed to persons on the facility mailing list as per 6 NYCRR Part 373-1.9(d)(4)(iii). Norlite conducted this test for about 40 operating hours over five days. During this April 1999 Trial Burn, the metals and chlorine loadings in the kiln feed were much higher than their current permit allows. Norlite chose these high loadings to obtain flexibility for their future operations. The Department, with assistance from the Department of Health, has reviewed the results of this trial burn and the health impact assessment of its emissions in a multi-pathway risk assessment report submitted by Norlite. The Department has concluded that although kilns met performance standards of 374-1.8 (except for hydrochloric acid emission which was marginally higher than the standard), health impacts based on a 30 year exposure resulting from the proposed kiln operating conditions were above levels acceptable to the Department. Thus, the Department would not renew the permit with the higher loading and is requiring Norlite to conduct a supplemental trial burn test (a.k.a. Supplemental Risk Burn) with lower metal and chlorine loadings that Norlite believes will demonstrate compliance with the hydrochloric acid emission standard of 6 NYCRR Part 374-1.8 and produce acceptable health impacts.

A supplemental trial burn protocol, including detailed testing procedures to be followed during this burn, was subsequently submitted by Norlite to NYSDEC. This protocol has been reviewed and approved by the Department on April 28, 2000, in accordance with the requirements of 6NYCRR Part 373-1.9(d)(4)(ii). This notice is pursuant to a provision in this section of the rule which also requires NYSDEC to send a notice to appropriate units of local governments and persons on the facility mailing list announcing the scheduled commencement and completion dates for the trial burn. The following is the pertinent information:

Facility Performing the Trial Burn: Norlite Corporation

Address: 628 South Saratoga Street (State Route 32), Cohoes , NY 12047

Permits/Application Numbers: 6 NYCRR 373 Hazardous Waste Management Permit.
EPA I.D. No: NYD080469935
DEC Permit No.: 4-0103-00016/00016-0

Scheduled Trial Burn Commencement Date: May 22, 2000

Scheduled Trial Burn Completion Date: May 24, 2000

DEC Contact: Jeffrey Gregg, Division of Environmental Permits, NYSDEC Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306. Telephone: (518) 357-2069.

Norlite Corporation Contact: William Morris, Environmental Director, Norlite Corporation, 628 South Saratoga Street, Cohoes, NY 12047. Telephone: (518) 235-0401.

Availability of the Supplemental Risk Burn Protocol and Supporting Documents: Copies of the approved supplemental trial burn plan and its supporting documents are available for review and copying at the NYSDEC Central Office, 50 Wolf Road, Room 452, Albany, NY 12233-7251 by contacting Mr. Parag Amin at (518) 457-7264.

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed alterations to the O'Neill Middle/High School and acquisition of land for the Walton Central School District, SED Project No. 12-19-01-04-0-007-011, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the purchase of 75 acres of land adjacent to existing property. The project is located on Stockton Avenue in the Village of Walton.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.

Positive Declaration

Columbia County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Business Center/Commercial Development may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft environmental Impact statement must be prepared. The action involves the a proposal to construct a commercial center consisting of: Building #1, a convenience store, gas station, laundromat, bank and eatery; Building #2, an automatic/self-serve car wash; Building #3, a hotel; and associated parking, road ways and subsurface wastewater treatment system for the complex. The project is located near the southwest intersection of NYS Route 20/22 and Old Shaker Road, in the town of New Lebanon. Development is proposed for an area along Route 20/22, opposite Tilden Road, and on Old shaker Road, beginning approximately 250 feet south of its intersection with 20/22.

Contact: Michael T. Higgins, Environmental Analyst/Project Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, phone:(518) 357-2069.

Positive Declaration and Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Montgomery County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has required and accepted a Draft EIS on the proposed land acquisition and construction of a New Bus Garage for the Canajoharie Central School District, SED Project No. 27-03-01-04-4-015-001. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until May 19, 2000. The action involves the purchase of 10 acres of land and 20,000 square feet of new construction. The project is located on Carlisle Road in the Village of Canajoharie.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Greene County - The Town of Windham, as lead agency has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed New Sewage Treatment Infrastructure Facilities Program for the Town of Windham. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 4, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. at the Windham Town Hall, 371 State Route 296, Hensonville, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 24, 2000. The action involves the design and construction of a municipal sewage system consisting of a 247,000 gpd (maximum) wastewater treatment plant and approximately 15 miles of collection lines. The project is located in the Town of Windham, New York; the proposed wastewater treatment plant may be located on property in the Town of Windham off of County Route 12 (South Street).

Contact: Carolyn Garvey, Town of Windham, PO Box 96, Hensonville, NY 12439; phone: (518) 734-4170.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Delaware County - The Village of Andes, as lead agency has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed new sewage treatment infrastructure facilities program for the village of Andes, Delaware County, New York. The action involves the design and construction of a new sewage collection and treatment system. The project is located in the Village of Andes.

Contact: Eugene McCarty, Village of Andes, Main Street, Andes, New York 13731, phone: (914) 676-3990.