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:

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

Final Project List
Water Quality Improvement Projects For Long Island Sound
Under The Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996

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 for Lake Champlain and the Peconic and South Shore Estuaries. This list was subject to a thirty-day review and comment period by the public and the appropriate management conference, advisory committee or advisory council for each water body. There were no recommended changes to the lists 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 charts 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 nonpoint 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 management plans for Lake Champlain and the Peconic and South Shore Estuaries.

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:

During the comment period, DEC shared the proposed list of projects for each Management Plan area with the appropriate committee coordinating the implementation for that Management Plan area. There were no recommended changes to the list of projects originally proposed.

Management Plan: Peconic Estuary

The priorities identified in the Draft Action Plan for the Peconic Estuary are improvements to the Riverhead Wastewater Treatment Plant, storm water abatement, mitigation of impacts from brown tide, and aquatic habitat restoration. The following projects are consistent with the priorities identified in the Draft Action Plan for the Peconic Estuary:





OO92 Suffolk Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility near the Peconic River Town of Riverhead $3,914,706 $3,027,500
2115 Suffolk Mitchell Park and Marina Drainage Village of Greenport $122,900 $61,450
3188 Suffolk Sag Harbor Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade - Phase 2 Village of Sag Harbor $1,422,000 $1,172,000
3192 Suffolk Sammis Beach Restoration Town of East Hampton $250,000 $137,500
3238 Suffolk Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation Wastewater Treatment Town of Riverhead $50,000 $40,000

Management Plan: South Shore Estuary

Although the South Shore Estuary Reserve Comprehensive Management Plan has not been completed, the Interim Report identifies priorities that can be addressed now based on available information. Priorities identified so far are nonpoint source pollution abatement and control (particularly for storm water runoff), and habitat restoration and protection. The following projects are consistent with the priorities identified in the Interim Report:



3075 Suffolk Removal of derelict boats and decayed railroad ties at the Poospatuck Reservation Poospatuck Reservation $140,000 $105,000
3079 Suffolk Connetquot Creek Stormwater Project Town of Islip $1,200,000 $600,000
3195 Nassau Roosevelt Pond Rehabilitation Nassau County Dept. of Public Works $875,000 $437,500

Management Plan: Lake Champlain

The Lake Champlain Management Plan identifies three high priorities: phosphorus reduction; prevention and control of persistent toxics; and management of nuisance non-indigenous aquatic species. Secondary priorities are: restoration of fish and wildlife habitat; protection and enhancement of wetlands; and preservation of vulnerable habitat corridors. The following projects are consistent with the priorities identified in the Lake Champlain Management Plan:



O276 Essex Port Henry-Moriah Wastewater Management Program Town of Moriah/Village of Port Henry (Joint) $2,000,000 $479,854
2081 Essex Willsboro Advanced Wastewater Treatment and Boquet River Stabilization Town of Willsboro $418,366 $355,611
3084 Washington Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements to Reduce Phosphorus Levels Village of Granville $588,235 $500,000
3092 Warren Halfway Brook Aquatic Habitat Improvement Project Warren County SWCD $108,000 $78,000
3334 Washington Halfway Creek AEM Implementation Washington County SWCD $181,111 $163,000
3360 Essex Lake Champlain - South Lake - Crown Point & Ticonderoga Farms Essex County SWCD $510,283 $423,535

Pursuant to Section 30-a of the Public Lands Law

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Office of General Services has declared that all that tract or parcel of land situate at the Averell Harriman State Office Campus in the city of Albany, County of Albany and State of New York, containing 19.00 acres are no longer necessary or useful to them and are declared abandoned for sale or other disposition as unappropriated State land. This abandonment was approved April 26, 2000.

Joseph J. Seymour
Commissioner of General Services

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.

Availability for Comment
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Priority Ranking List

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is providing the Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS) priority rankings listed below in conformance with section 17-0817(6.) of the Environmental Conservation Law. The lists are based on a ranking system that prioritizes permits for full technical review and , when necessary, modification. The full technical review is conducted in one of nine regional offices or the central office, depending on the location of the discharge and whether the permit has been assigned to the central office based on USEPA designation as a major discharge or state designation as a centralized significant industrial permit.

The SPDES permit renewal process should not be confused with the priority ranking system. Permits are renewed prior to expiration by a separate administrative procedure that makes no provisions for technical modifications.

The lists below reflect the top ten percent of the priority list for each office. The ranking scores are updated on a continuous basis due to the discovery of new information and the issuance of modifications that eliminate the factors which go into each score. Each list represents a workload objective during this fiscal year.

A handout describing the EBPS process and Fact Sheets for individual permits (provide detailed information for the ranking score of each individual permit) are available by contacting William P. Mirabile at (518) 457-1291, by e-mail at wpmirabi@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or at the address listed below.

Any interested party may provide, at any time, substantive comments requesting a change in a permit's rank based on the grounds that newly discovered, material information exists; that a material change in environmental conditions has occurred; or that relevant technology or applicable law or regulations have changed since the issuance of the existing permit. All such requests shall be in writing and contain facts or reasons supporting the request. Comments must be sent to Warren Lavery, P.E., Director, Bureau of Water Permits, NYSDEC, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-3505.

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The State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Priority Ranking List is in a Adobe format.