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 Notice

Request for Recreational Reservoir Releases

Background: DEC Part 670 Reservoir Releases Regulations (Schoharie Reservoir - Shandaken Tunnel - Esopus Creek), developed pursuant to Title 8 of Article 15 of the Environmental Conservation law, were implemented in May 1977. The purpose of these regulations is to regulate the volume and rate of the flow of water from the Schoharie Reservoir via the Shandaken Tunnel into the Esopus Creek to protect and enhance the recreational use of the waters in the creek while ensuring an adequate water supply for New York City.

This notice is to advise of a request the NYSDEC has received from the American Whitewater, on behalf of their membership and that of the Kayak and Canoe Club of New York, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the American Canoe Association, for the department to provide diversions for the following annual special recreational events:

June 3-4, 2000: 1000-1100 cfs for KCCNY Slalom
July 15-16, 2000: 1000-1100 cfs for AMC Whitewater Instruction
Sept. 9-10, 2000: 1000-1100 cfs for AMC Instruction
Sept. 30-Oct.1, 2000: 850-1000 cfs for ACA Esopus Slalom

The department is currently evaluating the request. These events are well attended and important to the economy of the area. Current hydrologic and weather conditions allow the department to approve the June 3-4 recreational event. Any approval of the future events will be subject to favorable hydrologic and weather conditions.

For more information, contact Dr. Muralidhar at the Division of Water (518) 457-8973.

Request For Written Comments on Pesticide Reporting

The Health Research Science Board is soliciting written comments about the Pesticide Reporting Law from stakeholders, including governmental agencies, advocacy groups, professional and trade organizations, business groups, etc. The comments will be considered by the Board as it prepares a second biennial report to be issued in January 2001. The report is mandated by Public Health Law 2413, which states: " . . . such report shall include an evaluation by the commissioner, the commissioner of the department of environmental conservation and the health research science board of the basis, efficiency and scientific utility of the information derived from pesticide reporting pursuant to sections 33-1205 and 33-1207 of the environmental conservation law and recommend whether such system should be modified or continued." The law also asks the Board to consider, " . . . whether private citizen use of residential pesticides should be added to the reporting requirements."

The following 11 questions have been developed to solicit comments about pesticide reporting:

  1. Has your group or organization used the data collected under the Pesticide Reporting Law?
  2. How does your organization access the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) pesticide reporting data? (check all that apply)
    ___ Printed report to the legislature
    ___ DEC/Cornell Web Site
    ___ CD-ROM
    ___ Other (specify: __________________)
  3. Are you aware that the July release of DEC's annual report (including the CD-ROM) contains partial year data because there is insufficient time to complete the report by the July statutory deadline? The entire calendar year's data are posted on DEC's web site about a year later, after the quality review is completed, but the CD-ROM and printed version of the report are not updated. Does this approach or policy for making the data publicly available pose any problems for your organization?
  4. How has your organization used the data, or how have the data benefitted your organization? We would appreciate copies of any reports or other material generated by your organization using the pesticide reporting data. We will pay the cost of mailing if you use UPS 2-day mail and check the box marked "Bill receiver."
  5. What aspects of the pesticide data have been useful to your organization? How? What one aspect has been most useful and why?
  6. What additions to the pesticide data would increase the data's usefulness to your organization? How? What one addition would be most useful and why?
  7. What would your organization do with the additional information?
  8. What aspects of the pesticide data are not being used by your organization?
  9. What aspects of the pesticide data are difficult for your organization to collect or report and why? What one aspect is most difficult to collect or report and why? What suggestions do you have to improve reporting? What suggestions do you have to decrease any difficulties in collecting or reporting the data?
  10. Should private citizen use of residential pesticides be added to the reporting requirements? How would your organization use those data? Do you have any suggestions as to how those data should be collected to maximize the accuracy and completeness of the data and minimize the collecting and reporting efforts?
  11. Do you have any other comments or suggestions about the pesticide reporting law that may be useful for the Health Research Science Board to consider?

Written comments on pesticide reporting will be accepted by fax or mail until the close of business July 24, 2000 and should be sent to:

Nancy K. Kim, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Environmental Health Assessment
New York State Department of Health
Flanigan Square, Room 500
547 River Street
Troy, NY 12180-2216 Fax number: (518) 402-7509

A printed copy of the 11 questions incorporated into a survey form for soliciting comments on pesticide reporting can be obtained by calling the NYS Department of Health toll-free information line at 1-800-458-1158 (within NYS only) or by calling (518) 402-7511.

Final 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, issued September 1999, has been amended to reflect revisions to the Short-Term Financing Program. A notice published in the April 26, 2000 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) announced the availability of draft Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2000 CWSRF IUP and the revised Short-Term Loan Policy. Over 1,000 copies of the amendment and revised policy were mailed to municipalities on the CWSRF Multi-Year Project Priority List, engineering firms, interested agencies and other interested parties. Written comments were to be submitted by Wednesday, May 10, 2000.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) received one public comment on this amendment and the revised policy which was in support of the use of CWSRF short-term loans for land purchase projects which have been determined to be environmentally significant. Therefore, Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2000 CWSRF IUP, which amends Section III, Short-Term Financing Program (page 6) to reflect the revised short-term policy, is final.

Copies of the final Amendment No. 1 and the final 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. Amendment No. 1 and the Short-Term Loan Policy will also be available on the EFC web site at www.nysefc.org (click on "Clean Water").

Proposed Guidance for Visual Impact Assessment

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has proposed a Program Policy Memorandum (PPM) providing guidance for assessing and mitigating visual impacts. The guidance is to be used for visual impact analysis and mitigation proposal evaluation by Department staff reviewing actions under various Department permitting authorities and under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. These methods can also serve a reference to applicants preparing environmental assessments in support of an application for a permit.

The guidance establishes a consistent and effective Department approach to visual impact evaluation and distinguishes local concerns from State concerns. As guidance, the procedures outlined are flexible and allow the Department to consider various environmental settings in which a permitted activity might be located. The guidance lists an inventory of federal and state aesthetic resources and proposes ways of evaluating impacts on such officially designated resources.

This guidance does not supercede any existing regulations, statutes or local ordinances that address visual impacts nor does the guidance establish any standards.

Copies of this proposed PPM may be obtained by contacting the person indicated below, or through our website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/site/highlights.html. Comments must be sent to the contact person by June 30, 2000.

Contact: Richard Benas, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, Room 538, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Telephone (518) 457-5941.

Negative Declaration

Statewide - The New York State Department of Transportation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed establishment of Part 134, will not have an adverse environmental impact. The action involves establishing criteria and permitting considerations for the entry of private parties onto NYSDOT's highway right-of-way for the control or maintenance of trees, shrubs or ground cover where such vegetation is controlled or maintained to enhance the visibility of an off-premises advertising sign. The project is located statewide.

Contact: Thomas D. Perreault, Senior Attorney, New York State Department of Transportation, Bldg. 5, Room 509, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12232, phone: (518) 457-2411.

Notice of Public Hearing

Draft New York State Solid Waste Management Plan, 1999/2000 Update

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold a public hearing on the Draft New York State Solid Waste Management Plan, 1999/2000 Update on Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Albany, 1228 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12203. The hearing location is reasonably accessible to handicapped persons. Interpreter services can be made available to deaf persons at no charge, upon request to the DEC within a reasonable time period prior to the hearing.

Written statements or comments on the Draft Update may be filed until the close of business on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials, 50 Wolf Road, Room 488, Albany, New York 12233-7250.

The Draft 1999/2000 Update is available for review at the nine DEC Regional Offices; the DEC Central Office, 50 Wolf Road, Room 488, Albany, New York 12233-7250; and a number of depository libraries statewide.

Contact: Michael J. McTague , New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Room 488, Albany, New York 12233-7250, phone: (518) 457-3273, fax: (518) 457-7148.