ENB - STATEWIDE NOTICES

Public Meeting

Draft Hudson River Estuary Action Plan 2000

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will hold three public meetings to review and receive public comment on Governor George E. Pataki's Draft Hudson River Estuary Management Action Plan 2000.

Public Meeting Schedule: (All meetings will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 PM)

September 26,2000 - Catskill Town Hall, 439 Main Street, Catskill, NY

September 27, 2000 - NYS DEC Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY

September 28, 2000 - NYS Dept. of State Examination Rooms, 1 & 2, 19th floor, 123 Williams Street, (enter between John and Fulton Streets), New York City, NY

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.

The Department is mailing a copy of the application materials to all chief elected officials of Counties, Cities, Towns, and Villages. A copy of the application materials can also be obtained by visiting NYSDEC's website at www.dec.state.ny.us or contacting: The Bond Act Office, NYSDEC, 50 Wolf Road, Room 611, Albany, NY 12233-1080. Telephone (518) 485-8300; Facsimile (518) 457-6996.


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.


NYS Environmental Protection Fund Hudson River Estuary Grant Program

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announces the availability of NYS Environmental Protection Fund grant monies under the Hudson River Estuary Grant Program. Grants are available for projects under the following categories: Community Interpretive Centers and Education; Habitat Protection and/or Restoration; Local Scenic Resources; Community Conservation and River Stewardship; River Access: Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Wild-life Recreation. Projects must be consistent with commitments identified in the 1998 Hudson River Estuary Action Plan.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are municipalities and not-for-profit corporations located within the geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary and associated shore lands.

Funding: For 2000/2001 $1,125,000 is available for grants under this program. This is a matching/reimbursement program and grant recipients will be expected to provide at least a 25% match to these awards.

Deadline: Competitive applications to receive grant assistance are required. Completed applications must be postmarked or received at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-4250 no later than October 31, 2000.

For More Information: Applications and information may be obtained by contacting John Albert, Grants Administrator, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-4250, (518) 457-4208.


Meetings and Hearings on Proposed Rule Making

NOTICE: 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 catucker@gw.dec.state.ny.us; Website www.dec.state.ny.us, or

Joseph Marcogliese, P.E., NYSDEC Region 3 Water Engineer, 5th Floor, 200 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5805; Telephone (914) 332-1835, Ext. 359; Fax (914) 332-4670.

Public Information Meetings: October 3, 2000, 6:30 p.m., in the downstairs auditorium, 85 Court Street, Westchester County Building, White Plains, NY.

October 4, 2000, 6:30 p.m., at Kingston City Hall, Council Chambers, Second Floor, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY.

Public Hearing: October 16, 2000, 6:30 p.m., in the downstairs auditorium, 85 Court Street, Westchester County Building, White Plains, NY.

October 18, 2000, 6:30 p.m., at Kingston City Hall, Council Chambers, Second Floor, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY.

Purpose: The Public Information Meetings will include a presentation outlining the basic concepts of water quality classifications, the administrative process used by NYSDEC to amend classifications, and the opportunities for public input and participation in the process. Persons attending will have the opportunity to ask questions of NYSDEC staff who will be present.

Statements: Oral and written statements may be submitted at the hearing sessions. Written statements may also be submitted to Colbath A. Tucker, P.E. before or after the hearing sessions at the address above, but should be postmarked on or before October 25, 2000 to ensure they receive full consideration in the development of the final reclassification proposal.

Accessibility and Interpreter Services: The hearing sites are accessible to persons with impaired mobility. Interpreter services are free to deaf persons provided a written request is postmarked on or before September 15, 2000 and is received by Colbath A. Tucker, P.E.

Additional Matter Required by Statute: None

Authority: ECL: 3-0301, 15-0313, 17-0301; CWA: 101(a), 101(a)(2), 303(c); 6 NYCRR Part 609.


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.