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:
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("NYSDEC"), as authorized by Title 3, Section 56-0303 of the Environmental Conservation Law, known as the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, and in accordance with subdivision 3 of Section 56-0303 of Environmental Conservation Law, as amended by Chapter 1 of the Laws of 1997, has compiled a final project list of water quality improvement projects for the Long Island Sound. This list was subject to a thirty-day review and comment period by the public and the Long Island Sound Management Committee. There were no recommended changes to the list of projects originally proposed.
Pursuant to Chapter 1 of the Laws of 1997, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the New York State Departments of State and Agriculture and Markets, selected the Water Quality Improvement Projects listed in the chart below to be funded with 1999-00 State capital appropriations under Title 3 Section 56-0303 of the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996.
The following types of Water Quality Improvement Projects were considered for funding: (1) wastewater treatment improvement projects; (2) agricultural and nonagricultural non-point source abatement and control projects; (3) aquatic habitat restoration projects; and (4) pollution prevention projects.
Projects eligible to be funded are Water Quality Improvement Projects to implement the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reviewed more than 800 Water Quality Improvement Project applications from municipalities, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and state agencies. The final list of projects to be funded have all of the characteristics listed below. The projects:
In addition, the applicants of the projects have demonstrated that:
For many of the projects, the recommended award of funds is less than the amount requested by the applicant. The amount was reduced for the following reasons:
Pursuant to Chapter 1 of the Laws of 1997, during the comment period, DEC shared the proposed list of projects with the Long Island Sound Management Committee. There were no recommended changes to the list of projects originally proposed.
Management Plan: Long Island Sound
The highest priority identified in the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan is nitrogen reduction. Other priorities are: habitat restoration; storm water control and combined sewer overflow abatement; and sediment remediation. The following projects are consistent with the priorities identified in the approved management plan:
|COUNTY||PROJECT NAME||APPLICANT NAME||ELIGIBLE BOND ACT COSTS||BOND ACT FUNDS APPROVED|
|2277||Suffolk||Suffolk County Sewer District No. 1 - Port Jefferson, Nitrogen Reduction||Suffolk County||$3,587,000||$3,048,950|
|3001||Westchester||Construction of Overflow Retention Basins in the Village of Larchmont and the City of New Rochelle||Westchester County||$11,899,645||$4,839,898|
|3061||Westchester||Aquatic Habitat Restoration at the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nature Study Woods||Westchester County||$220,000||$110,000|
|3064||Westchester||Reconstruction of Rye Town Park Pond||Town of Rye||$669,675||$489,675|
|3065||Westchester||Pryer Manor Marsh Restoration - Phase 2||Town of Mamaroneck||$283,665||$210,000|
|3071||Nassau||Stehli Beach Stormwater Mitigation - Construction Phase||Town of Oyster Bay||$212,000||$106,000|
|3077||Suffolk||Wincoma Drainage Area "C" (Project 2)||Village of Huntington Bay||$482,783||$241,391|
|3078||Nassau||Bayville Park Boulevard/Perry Avenue Projects||Village of Bayville||$1,325,000||$662,500|
|3135||Suffolk||Fleets Cove/Knollwood Beach Stormwater Mitigation Project||Town of Huntington||$600,000||$300,000|
|3181||Bronx||Tallapoosa West Wetland Restoration||NYSDEC||$409,825||$324,825|
|3190||Suffolk||Construction of Nitrogen Removal Facilities at Huntington Sewer District||Town of Huntington||$10,500,000||$5,682,250|
|3194||Nassau||Whitney Lake Rehabilitation Project||Nassau County Dept. of Public Works||$1,000,000||$500,000|
|3198||Suffolk||Centerport Harbor Stormwater Runoff Mitigation Project||Town of Huntington||$500,000||$250,000|
|3199||Nassau||Restoration of Pond at Pond Park,
|Village of Great Neck Estates||$37,730||$28,297|
|3200||Nassau||Manhasset Valley Park Pond Project||Nassau County||$1,288,250||$644,125|
|3201||Suffolk||Aunt Amy's Creek Stormwater Mitigation Project||Town of Brookhaven||$355,057||$106,627|
|3208||Suffolk||Stormwater Runoff Control along the shore of Northport Harbor||Village of Northport||$356,000||$178,000|
|3229||Suffolk||St. Johnland Road Drainage Improvements and Culvert Replacement||Town of Smithtown||$250,000||$125,000|
|3315||Bronx||WP-56 Hunts Point Water Pollution
Control Interim Plant Upgrading -
|City of New York||$80,000,000||$30,828,162|
New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) propose to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 9, 1999, to adjust the estimated project costs for 5 DWSRF projects listed in the Project Readiness list. A project description and explanation of the reason for the cost increases are included in the table below:
|Borrower||County||Project Description||DWSRF #||Current IUP Cost||Proposed IUP Cost||Explanation|
|(V) Andes||Delaware||New source, storage upgrade and distribution upgrade||15916||$1,400,000||$1,600,000||Plans and specifications for the project have been completed. The engineer has determined an increase in project costs since submittal of the original pre-application.|
|(T) Bergen||Genesee||Distribution system extension to serve contaminated private wells||15296||$1,231,500||$1,481,500||Amount of co-funding for project is less than anticipated resulting in the Town needing additional money from the DWSRF program to fund the project.|
|(T) Pavilion||Genesee||Interconnection with the Village of LeRoy||15153||$698,340||$901,818||Plans and specifications for the project have been completed. The engineer has determined an increase in project costs since submittal of the original pre-application.|
|(C) Niagara Falls||Niagara||New water treatment plant||15984||$33,758,750||$40,000,000||Amount of funding requested on original pre-application did not reflect the full amount of money needed to refinance the outstanding bonds and BANS for this project.|
|(T) Potsdam||St. Lawrence||New wells, treatment and storage facility, and distribution system||15906||$147,000||$259,000||Inflation in construction costs, additional clear-well storage, and higher bids for the project have been received|
The Department has determined that these project cost increases are necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept. In addition, the scope of the projects has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. These project cost increases will not adversely affect any other project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted change, there is no other change to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings.
Written statements or comments on the above DWSRF project cost increase will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on May 25, 2000 and should be filed with:
Mr. Michael E. Burke, P.E.
Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Fax Number: (518)402-7659
The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOH's toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.
The purpose of the program is to provide State financial assistance to municipalities to train municipal employees in non-toxic pest management methods and to make minor repairs to municipal structures that will prohibit pest infestations. Although both training and structural improvements are components of this program, the emphasis is on the municipal training element.
Examples of eligible structural improvement projects include caulking of cracks and crevices, and repairing of screens and damaged wood. The cost of major structural repairs and pest management program development would not be eligible.
TYPE OF RECIPIENT: Municipalities (including counties; cities; towns; villages; school districts and improvement districts within a city, county, town, or village; local public benefit corporations; local public authorities; Indian tribes residing within New York State; and any combination of these).
TO OBTAIN AN APPLICATION: Municipalities which intend to apply for assistance under this program must request the local assistance application package for further information on eligible projects and the requirements for applying for assistance under this program.
Applications will be accepted through July 7, 2000 for local assistance grants of up to $50,000 per applicant. No municipal funding match is required for these grants. Multi-municipal projects are encouraged.
(Name of Agency Contact) Mary A. Roy, Environmental Program Specialist 2
(Office Address) NYSDEC, 50 Wolf Road, Room 498
Albany, NY 12233-7254
(Telephone Number) 518-457-0917
The 2000 IUP for the CWSRF was issued in September 1999. Since that time, municipalities have requested funding for additional projects. Municipal water quality protection projects must be included in the IUP to receive low interest rate loans.
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have prepared the Second Quarter Update of the 2000 CWSRF Intended Use Plan. The Second Quarter Update will provide interested parties with new and updated information regarding projects listed in the 2000 IUP Annual and Multi-Year Project Priority Lists (PPL).
Information updated in the priority lists includes: new projects added, projects that will be ready for financing during Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2000, projects requiring additional funds, revised project scores, and miscellaneous changes. Notations have been added to the lists to facilitate identification of new projects and project changes. Projects added to the Annual PPL are those expected to qualify for and receive long-term financing prior to September 30, 2000.
The Multi-Year PPL is an inventory of all projects for which municipalities have expressed interest in CWSRF financing. New projects are added to the Multi-Year PPL as they are identified by municipalities. This facilitates applications for short-term financing as a municipality could immediately qualify for a short-term loan, provided the project meets environmental significance criteria, has a project score above any long-term funding line in its project category, the municipality has an approved technical planning report, and has completed the environmental review process for CWSRF projects. There is no priority list for short-term loans, which are processed on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of a complete application up to the amount allocated for short-term loans in the IUP.
Comments on the Second Quarter Update will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business, Friday, May 26, 2000. A final Second Quarter Update will be published only if changes are made as a result of public comment. Comments can be addressed by fax at (518) 485-8494 or by mail to Mr. David Morseman, Program Services Representative III, Division of Program Management, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 50 Wolf Road, Room 502, Albany, New York 12205-2603.
If you would like a copy of the Second Quarter Update, or additional information on the CWSRF program and how to list a project on the IUP, please contact Mr. Morseman at EFC's toll-free information line (800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or (518) 457-3833. Written requests for CWSRF program information should be addressed to Mr. Morseman at the above address. Information on the CWSRF program can be viewed on the World Wide Web at www.nysefc.org.
Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is making available the final April 2000 Addendum to the Division of Water Technical and Operational Guidance Series (TOGS) No. 1.1.1, entitled Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance Values and Groundwater Effluent Limitations. The primary purpose of this TOGS is to provide a compilation of these values for use in Department programs, including the SPDES permit program.
The purpose of the Addendum is to add guidance values and groundwater effluent limitations for five substances: acetaldehyde, n-butanol, carbon disulfide, formaldehyde and methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE).
A draft of this Addendum was published for 30-day public comment in this publication on November 10 and November 17, 1999. Comments were received from seven parties. The Department prepared a response which was provided to the seven commentors for an additional 30-day comment period. No additional comments were received and the final April 2000 Addendum contains no substantive changes from the November draft.
The April 2000 Addendum and the response to public comments are available from Scott Stoner, Standards and Special Studies Section, Division of Water, NYSDEC, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-3502; 518-485-5824; email@example.com. The April 2000 Addendum will also be available on the Department's web site at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/togs/tog_cont.htm.
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.
Emergency Adoption of new 6NYCRR section 190.34, Champion International Area, under ECL, sections 9-0105.1, 9-0105.3, 3-0301(d), 1-0101(d), Executive Law, section 816, and Adirondack Park State Master Plan regarding public use of the Champion International Area. The purpose of this rule is to ensure the safety of the people using the Champion International property, to protect the area's natural resources from overuse, and to protect valid private property rights.
Emergency Expiration Date: June 27, 2000
For further information, contact:
Thomas Wolfe, Chief, Bureau of Public Lands
50 Wolf Road, Room 438
Albany, NY 12233-4255