ENB - STATEWIDE NOTICES

Public Notice

CLEAN WATER/CLEAN AIR BOND ACT OF 1996

Clean Water Projects - State Fiscal Year 2000/01 Information for Applicants and Applications for State Assistance Payments for Water Quality Improvement Projects and Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Projects

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), in cooperation with the New York State Departments of State and Agriculture and Markets, has issued State Fiscal Year 2000/01 (SFY 2000/01) application materials for use by municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts in applying for state assistance payments toward the cost of Water Quality Improvement Projects under the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996 and Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Projects under Title 14 of Article 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Department has determined that this action will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts.

The Bond Act authorizes a total of $420 million in state assistance payments to municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts toward the cost of the following types of Water Quality Improvement Projects: (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. Title 14 of Article 17 of the ECL authorizes payments to municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts for nonagricultural nonpoint source abatement and control implementation projects.

The application materials consist of:

(1) A booklet entitled "Information for Applicants - 2000/01" which applies to all four types of Water Quality Improvement Projects noted above. This booklet contains information on applicant and project eligibility, evaluation factors, selection processes, state assistance payments and local share, and also contains definitions and summaries of the management plans referenced in the Bond Act; and

(2) An application form entitled "Application for State Assistance Payments - 2000/01" covering the following types of Water Quality Improvement Projects: (a) wastewater treatment improvement projects; (b) nonagricultural nonpoint source abatement and control projects; (c) aquatic habitat restoration projects; and (d) pollution prevention projects.

Eligible projects are Water Quality Improvement Projects to implement management plans for the Hudson River Estuary, Long Island Sound, Lake Champlain, New York Harbor Estuary, Peconic and South Shore Estuaries, Onondaga Lake, and the NYSDEC's Great Lakes Program; plus other approved projects in Villages, Towns, and Cities with a population of 75,000 or less; and other approved projects for the Finger Lakes area, as specified in the Bond Act. Eligible projects also include municipal nonpoint source abatement and control implementation projects developed in accordance with Title 14 of Article 17 of the ECL.

The Department is mailing a copy of the application materials to all chief elected officials of Counties, Cities, Towns, and Villages.


State Agricultural and Farmland Protection Implementation Program

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announces the availability of funds from the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and the Environmental Protection Fund for farmland protection activities. Pursuant to the State Agricultural and Farmland Protection Implementation Program as set forth in Article 25-AAA of the Agriculture and Markets Law, county agricultural and farmland protection boards in counties with a farmland protection plan approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, or other municipalities which have in place a local farmland protection plan, may apply for State assistance payments for the implementation of projects and activities identified in the plans. Priority will be given to projects intended to preserve viable agricultural land; that are in areas facing significant development pressure; and that serve as a buffer for a significant natural public resource containing important ecosystem or habitat characteristics. State funds awarded to any applicant shall not exceed 75% of the total project cost.

Proposal Due: Thursday, August 31, 2000, 4:00 p.m.

Location: Proposal must be delivered to:
Marjorie Brague, Director
Division of Fiscal Management
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
1 Winners Circle
Albany, NY 12235

If the proposal is delivered by United States mail, the date of the U.S. postmark stamped on the envelope shall be deemed to be the date of receipt. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Contact: For a copy of the Request for Proposals, please contact: Robert Somers, Chief, Agricultural Protection Unit, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, 1 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12235, (518) 457-2713, or view the Department's website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us.


Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Abatement and Control Program

The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee announces the availability of Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and State Environmental Protection Fund assistance to implement projects pursuant to the New York State Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Grant Program as set forth in Section 11-b of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law. County Soil and Water Conservation Districts may apply for matching funds for the planning or implementation of agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control projects. The projects must consist of agricultural assessments, plans or activities which will reduce, abate, control, or prevent nonpoint source pollution originating from agricultural sources. Soil and Water Conservation Districts or groups of districts acting jointly are eligible to submit proposals.

Proposal Due: Tuesday, October 31, 2000, 4:00 p.m.

Location: Proposals must be delivered to:
State Soil and Water Conservation Committee
Department of Agriculture and Markets
1 Winners Circle
Albany, NY 12235

If the proposal is delivered by United States mail, the date of the U.S. postmark stamped on the envelope shall be deemed to be the date of receipt. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Contact: For a copy of the RFP and application, please contact: John Wildeman, Director, State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, at the above address, (518) 457-3738, or view the Department's website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us.


Public Comment Deadline Extended to October 2, 2000 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 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 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 is being developed that will guide and assist the public in preparing meaningful comments. The questionnaire will be available soon on the Project website.

Public Comment Period Information:

A public comment period will take place through October 2, 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 e-mail 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 October 2, 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.


Public Notice of information meetings and public hearing on water body classification revisions

Informational meetings and a legislative public hearing will be held to provide the public with an opportunity to understand and comment on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) proposal to revise 6 NYCRR Parts 855 through 859, 861, 862, 864 and 935, the Lower Hudson River and Upper East River-Long Island Sound Drainage Basins, to protect water quality within those waters consistent with their best usages.

Area Impacted: These regulatory changes would, if approved, impact certain surface waters in the named Drainage Basins in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties.

More Details and Information: may be obtained from Colbath A. Tucker, P.E., NYSDEC, Room 398, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-3508; Telephone (518) 457-0634; Fax (518) 485-7786; E-mail to catucker@gw.dec.state.ny.us


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Pursuant to Sections 3-0301, 19-0301, and 19-0303 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following proposed action:

6 NYCRR Part 228, Surface Coating Operations, will be amended to correct three deficiencies in New York State's existing State Implementation Plan, as required by the Clean Air Act; to remove the more stringent requirements for small businesses compared to the requirements of larger operations, and to edit and update the text commensurate with the current regulations and trends. Public comment will be received until 45 days after publication of this notice.

For further information, contact:

V. J. Thakkar, P.E., NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 50 Wolf Road, Room 108, Albany, NY 12233-3254, Telephone (518) 457-7688.