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 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
Draft Amendment # 3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued September 9, 1999 was published in the May 10, 2000 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment # 3 closed on May 25, 2000. The New York State Department of Health received no public comments pertaining to this amendment. Therefore, the amendment to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan is final as shown below:
"The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) amended 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 DOH 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."
The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling the DOH's toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.
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 final 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).
A notice regarding the draft Second Quarter Update was published in the May 10, 2000 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). Comments were accepted until close of business, Friday, May 26, 2000. No public comments were received that necessitated revision of the Update. Therefore, the Second Quarter Update to the 2000 CWSRF IUP is final.
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. David 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 Division of Program Management, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 50 Wolf Road, Room 502, Albany, New York 12205-2603.
The final Second Quarter Update and other information on the Clean Water SRF program can be viewed on the World Wide Web at www.nysefc.org.