Public Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, 19-0303, 19-0305, and 71-2103, the Department hereby gives notice of the following proposed rulemaking action: To amend and modify 6 NYCRR Part 200.9, Referenced Material, and 6 NYCRR, Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines; to incorporate wide-ranging improvements that California has made to its vehicle emission control program, maintain identical light duty (LD) vehicle standards with California as required under section 177 of the federal Clean Air Act (Act), and to incorporate medium duty (MD) standards into Part 218. The comment period will close at 5 o'clock on Wednesday, August 30, 2000. The proposed regulation can be accessed at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/regs/part218.html.

Public hearings are scheduled as follows:

August 21, 2000 1 P.M. EPA Headquarters, 290 Broadway, (enter at corner of Duane and Broadway),
27th floor, Conference Room D, New York NY 10007
August 22, 2000 1 P.M. NYSDEC, 80 Wolf Road, Conference Room 404, Albany NY 12233
August 24, 2000 1 P.M. Convention Center at Oncenter, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5, lower level, 800 South State Street, Syracuse NY 13202
August 25, 2000 11 A.M. Cheektowaga Town Hall, Council Chambers,
3301 Broadway, Cheektowaga NY 14227

For further information, contact: Steven Flint, P.E., NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 50 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12233-3255; telephone 518 485-8913; E-mail seflint@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) will be conducting public information meetings on their feasibility study to develop public swimming facilities along the Hudson River Estuary between the Troy Dam and Manhattan. The study is a component of the Governor's Hudson River Estuary Action Plan, adopted in 1998. The study is addressing possible locations for swimming beaches, limitations on swimming, such as water quality, currents and wakes from boats, as well as policy issues which could improve the use of the Hudson for swimming in the future.

Members of the project team will discuss the objectives of the program and present their preliminary findings and will hold an informal question and response period following a short presentation. Attendants will be invited to make comments either verbally or in writing.

Meetings are scheduled for the following times and locations:

Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Location: The Cliff House at Bear Mountain State Park,
Rt 9W, Bear Mountain NY
Date: Tuesday, July 25
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Location: Elk's Lodge
45 North Jefferson Ave
Catskill, NY 12414

The feasibility study to develop swimming sites is part of Governor George E. Pataki's ongoing efforts to improve public access and enjoyment of the Hudson River and to rehabilitate and protect the Estuary's world-class natural assets for current and future generations.

For more information contact:

Barbara Fratianni
Hudson River Estuary Program
200 White Plains Rd.-5th floor
Tarrytown, NY 10591-5805
phone: 914-332-1835 ext 369
email: bcfratia@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Bear Mountain:

Cliff House
Hessian Drive

Take 87 Thruway to exit 16 (Harriman). Go through tolls, take the NY 32 exit towards US 6 East/NY 17 South/Harriman. Turn LEFT onto NY-32 East, this becomes NY-17 East. Turn LEFT to take the US-6 East Ramp. Merge onto US-6. Enter first traffic circle and take the first exit to stay on US-6 East/Palisades. Proceed to Bear Mtn traffic circle. Take the first exit off the Bear Mtn traffic circle which is 9W South (Haverstraw). The first immediate RIGHT after the exit is Hessian Drive where will you will find the Cliff House.

Elks Club:

Catskill Elks Lodge
45 North Jefferson Ave
Catskill, NY
518 943-9842

From Exit 21 off of NYS Thruway - pay toll and take a LEFT at the stop sign. Continue straight on Route 23B - you will be going through a residential section. On your right hand side you will see a Cumberland Farms and on the left Mid- Hudson Cablevision. Mid-Hudson Cablevision is at the intersection of North Jefferson Ave. Turn LEFT onto North Jefferson Ave. and continue straight. This is a dead end road and at the bottom of the hill you will be in the Elks Club Parking Lot.

If you miss the turn at North Jefferson and reach construction, you have gone too far.

Public Notice

Public Comment Period Open for Comparative Risk Project Draft Work Group Reports

Project Description:

The Comparative Risk Project seeks to identify those environmental problems that pose the highest risks to the citizens and the environment of New York State in order to develop a pollution prevention strategy aimed at reducing risk through various pollution prevention management options. The Project will base decisions, as much as possible, on available scientific information and current technology, will seek to reflect public opinions and values, and will strive to achieve consensus from a broad range of viewpoints.

The comparison of environmental problems in this Project is based on risks associated with substances that are released into the environment. These substances can be chemicals or particles that may be released into the air, water, or land. Fourteen groups of these substances, called stressors, have been developed. The stressor groupings are based on similarities in their physical or chemical characteristics.

For this Project, risk is being evaluated in three main areas: risk to human health, risk to ecosystems, and risk to quality of life. These evaluations use available scientific data, professional judgement, and group consensus decision-making to characterize and compare each stressor group. Draft reports for each of these areas are now available for public review and comment. After reviewing the final work group reports and the public comments that are received, the Steering Committee will integrate the work group findings into an overall risk characterization for each stressor group.

A pollution prevention strategy will then be developed that builds upon these risk characterizations. This strategy may incorporate a wide variety of possible pollution prevention methods, policies, and programs, each of which will be evaluated for cost-effectiveness, practicality, and equity. The potential of the method to reduce risk and the ability of the DEC to apply the method will be important considerations.

Additional details about the Comparative Risk Project, including copies of the Project ground rules and other documents, can be obtained through the Project website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2crp.html.

Available Reports:

Three draft work group reports, prepared by the Human Health, Ecosystems, and Quality of Life Work Groups, are available for public review and comment. The Steering Committee has prepared a report summarizing the Project and their findings, and providing the viewpoints of several committee members.

All reports can be obtained through the Project's website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2crp.html. They can also be obtained through the address, phone, fax, and email address provided in the next section.

A questionnaire has been developed that will guide and assist the public in preparing meaningful comments. The questionnaire will be available on the Project website in mid-July.

Public Comment Period Information:

A public comment period will take place through September 8, 2000. During this time, written comments on the draft work group reports will be accepted by the following means:

Through the mail at the following address:
Comparative Risk Project
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Pollution Prevention Unit
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12233-8010
By fax at (518) 457-2570

Through email at comprisk@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Formal public comments will not be taken by phone, but those with questions about the Project may call 518-457-2553.

Please send comments in by September 8, 2000. The work group reports will be revised and finalized shortly after review of the public comments received, and the Steering Committee will prepare a risk characterization report for the Project this fall. Although no formal written response to individual public comments will be prepared, each comment that is received will be considered by the appropriate work group or Steering Committee and will be reflected in changes to the reports which will be posted on the Project's Internet site. Comments that discuss pollution prevention strategies that will reduce the risks posed by the stressor groups studied in this Project will be provided to the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group for their consideration.

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.

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.