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 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

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

Draft 2001 Intended Use Plans (IUPs)
Public Meeting & Hearing; Comments; Applications

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Health (DOH) are pleased to announce the availability of the draft Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2001 Intended Use Plans (IUPs) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The IUPs include lists of projects that could receive low interest loans between October 1, 2000 and September 30, 2001, the next IUP financing period.

Eligible Projects:

Types of municipal point source and nonpoint source water pollution control projects eligible for CWSRF low interest loans include: sanitary sewers; wastewater treatment plants and pumping facilities; water supply filter backwash and sludge handling facilities; landfill closure or capping projects; landfill leachate collection, storage and treatment facilities; landfill gas collection and control facilities; aircraft deicing fluid collection, storage and treatment facilities; storage facilities for highway deicing materials; leaking underground storage tank closure and remediation; stormwater pollution abatement facilities; brownfields remediation; and other municipally-owned projects where the primary purpose of the facilities is water quality protection.

Types of municipal and privately-owned public water supply system projects eligible for DWSRF low interest loans and financial hardship assistance include: construction and rehabilitation of water treatment plants; transmission and distribution mains; storage facilities; pump stations; interconnections; new drinking water sources; consolidation of water supplies; and upgrades to existing water systems.

Intended Use Plans & Project Listing:

Projects must be included on the Project Priority Lists (PPLs) in the IUPs to receive State Revolving Fund (SRF) financing. Municipalities or public water supply systems interested in financing one or more projects not currently listed in the CWSRF IUP or DWSRF IUP should submit the appropriate IUP project listing information before Friday, August 4, 2000 to the EFC for CWSRF projects or to the DOH for DWSRF projects. For assistance with the IUP listing process, please call the EFC or DOH office listed at the end of this notice.

For CWSRF projects, a municipality must have an approvable engineering report or technical report to be listed for a long-term loan in the Annual List of the CWSRF IUP or to submit an application for any type of CWSRF loan. It is anticipated that the CWSRF will have sufficient resources to finance all projects for which municipalities have completed application requirements by the appropriate deadlines.

For DWSRF projects, an applicant must have submitted an engineering report or plans and specifications to the DOH by August 4, 2000, or have completed construction, to be included on the Project Readiness List in the final DWSRF IUP. DWSRF projects will be financed to the extent that sufficient funds are available for the effective period of the DWSRF IUP.

The draft FFY 2001 IUPs will be mailed to certain municipal officials, system owners, advisors, consulting firms, and other interested parties in mid-June. Copies of the draft IUPs will be available at New York State Documents Depository Libraries. The DWSRF IUP will also be available on the DOH "web page" at www.health.state.ny.us (select "Information for Consumers"; "Environmental and Occupational Health"; "Drinking Water").

Due Date for Comments:

Written statements or comments on the draft IUPs can be filed prior to the hearing, at the hearing, and after the hearing until the close of business on Friday, August 4, 2000, the end of the comment period. Written and oral statements will be made part of the official record. Written statements or comments on the draft IUPs should be filed with:

CWSRF: Mr. Robert Davis, PE
Director, Engineering & Program Management
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
50 Wolf Road, Room 502
Albany, New York 12205-2603
FAX: (518) 485-8494

DWSRF: Mr. Michael Burke, PE
Director, Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
New York State Department of Health
547 River Street, Flanigan Square, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180
FAX: (518) 402-7659

Public Meeting & Hearing:

A joint public meeting and hearing will be held to review the draft FFY 2001 CWSRF IUP and DWSRF IUP. The date, time and location of the public meeting and hearing is provided below. Pre-registration is not required. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for disabled persons if requested in advance.

Date City/County Time Location
July 18, 2000
Albany County
1:00 PM Colonie Town Library
Stedman Room
629 Albany Shaker Road
(Exit 4 off I-87)
( mile east on Albany Shaker Road)
Loudonville, NY (518) 458-9274

Directions from the South: Take the Northway (I-87 north of Albany) to exit 4. Take a left off the exit ramp (Wolf Road), get in right lane and make a right onto Albany Shaker Road. The Library is about 200 yards on the left.

Directions from the North: Take the Northway to exit 4. Take a left off the exit ramp (Wolf Road Extension). Proceed to Albany Shaker Road. Take a left onto Albany Shaker, under the Northway and past the end of Wolf Road. The Library is about 200 yards on the left.

Application Packages & Due Dates:

Copies of the FFY 2001 CWSRF and DWSRF Application Packages will be mailed to applicants with projects on the draft 2001 CWSRF or DWSRF IUPs that may be ready for financing during this IUP period. Copies of the application packages will also be available at the public meeting and hearing. For a copy of the FFY 2001 Application Package, please call the EFC office listed at the end of this notice.

The CWSRF Application Package can be used to apply for both short-term and long-term loans. CWSRF short-term loans can finance project design and construction start-up costs until the short-term loan can be rolled over into a long-term loan. Multiple water pollution control projects can be financed with one long-term loan if the projects are ready in the same IUP financing period and are fundable on the PPL. The CWSRF can also be used to prefinance or co-fund projects that anticipate receiving total or partial project financing from grant reimbursement programs, loans and other sources, including the NYS Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act.

Applications for low interest loans from the CWSRF and DWSRF are accepted on a continuous basis. Complete applications for long-term leveraged loans for the Winter Financing Pool must be submitted by October 1, 2000 for the CWSRF program and by October 15, 2000 for the DWSRF program, with loan closing targeted for March 2001. Complete applications for the Summer Financing Pool must be submitted by March 1, 2001 for both programs, with loan closing targeted for July 2001. Complete applications for CWSRF direct long-term loans or short-term loans must be submitted before May 1, 2001 for financing in this IUP period. Complete applications for DWSRF direct long-term loans must be submitted before April 1, 2000 for financing in this IUP period.

Interest-free CWSRF short-term loans will be available for projects on the IUP Multi-Year project list that have high enough priority scores to be fundable on the Annual PPL and that meet all application requirements. Short-term applications will be accepted on a first come/first served basis, up to the amount reserved for these loans. Some applicants constructing sewage treatment projects serving residential areas may qualify for reduced interest or interest-free direct loans based on a determination of financial hardship.

Some eligible disadvantaged communities may apply for DWSRF Additional Loan Subsidies (Grants) beyond the interest-free loan rate. DWSRF Financial Hardship Applications for the next IUP period must be submitted to the DOH by December 1, 2000.

EFC & DOH Contacts:

For a copy of the draft FFY 2001 IUP, assistance with the IUP listing process, or for information on these SRF programs, please contact:

CWSRF: 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
(800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or (518) 457-3833
FAX: (518) 485-8494
EFC web site: www.nysefc.org

DWSRF: Mr. Charles Amento
Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
New York State Department of Health
547 River Street, Flanigan Square, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180
(800) 458-1158 ext. 27676 (within NYS only) or (518) 402-7676
FAX: (518) 402-7689

Application Packages:

For a copy of the CWSRF or DWSRF Loan Application Package, please contact Mr. Morseman at the above EFC address or phone number. For a copy of the DWSRF Financial Hardship Application, please contact the DOH at the above address or phone number.

Public Notice

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law sections 1-0101(3)(b), 1-0101(3)(d), 3-0301(1)(b), 3-0301(1)(d), 3-0301(2)(m), 9-0105(1), 9-0105(3) and Executive Law section 816(3), the NYS DEC hereby gives notice of the following:

Adoption of emergency High Peaks Wilderness Area regulations, including adoption of amendments to 6 NYCRR section 190.0 and a new 6 NYCRR section 190.13.

For further information, contact: Thomas Wolfe, Chief, Bureau of Public Lands, NYS DEC, 50 Wolf Road, Room 438, Albany, NY 12233-4255.

Public Notice of Legislative Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), pursuant to Sections 3-0301.2(a) and (m), 19-0301.1, and 19-0303 of the Environmental Conservation Law, will hold a legislative public hearing on the proposal of a new rule, 6 NYCRR Part 208, Landfill Gas Rule.

This rule transfers the regulations of 6 NYCRR Part 360-2.21 from the Part 360 series to the Part 200 series. The purpose of the rule is to comply with the requirements of 40 CFR 60 Subpart Cc, which requires that states implement a state plan to control emissions of non-methane organic compounds from municipal solid waste landfills.

Pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations for the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Department has prepared a Negative Declaration stating that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the environment.

A legislative public hearing will be held at the following location and time:

Monday July 17, 2000, 10:00 A.M.
NYSDEC, 50 Wolf Road, Room 190, Albany NY
Telephone 518 457-2825, 457-7231

The public hearing is scheduled in a location reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility. At the hearing, the Department will provide interpreter services for deaf persons at no charge. Written requests for such services are required and should be submitted by July 7, 2000 to Arlene Schmidt, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 50 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12233-3250, 518 457-2825, .

The Department invites all persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies which may be affected by the proposed revisions to attend the hearings and / or submit oral or written statements for the record. At the hearing, each person who wishes to make a statement will be allowed to speak. The Department will give equal weight to written and oral statements and recommends that lengthy statements be submitted in writing. A cumulative record will be compiled; therefore, it is not necessary for interested parties to attend the hearing.

Written statements may be submitted to the Department until close of business, 5 p.m., July 24, 2000, and should be submitted to:
Thomas R. Christoffel, P.E.
NYSDEC Division of Air Resources
50 Wolf Road, Room 108, Albany NY 12233-3254

The proposed regulation and supporting information may be obtained from www.dec.state.ny.us/website/regs/index.html, or from any of the following Department offices:

REGION 1, Building #40, State University of NewYork, Stony Brook NY 11790 Attention: Ajay Shah

REGION 2, Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City NY 11101 Attention: Robert Mitrey

REGION 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz NY 12561
Attention: Robert Stanton

REGION 4, 1130 North Westcott Rd, Schenectady NY 12306
Attention: Rick Leone

REGION 5, Hudson Street Extension, Box 220, Warrensburg NY 12885
Attention: Michael Stawarz

REGION 6, Watertown State Office Bldg., 317 Washington St., Watertown NY 13601
Attention: Tom Morgan

REGION 7, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse NY 13204-2400
Attention: Norman Boyce

REGION 8, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon NY 14414
Attention: Thomas Marriott

REGION 9, 270 Michigan Ave, Buffalo NY 14202
Attention: Larry Sitzman

For further information, contact:
Thomas Christoffel, P.E.
NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 50 Wolf Road, Room 108, Albany, NY 12233-3254
518 457-7688, email trchrist@gw.dec.state.ny.us