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
NOTICE OF PUBLIC REVIEW OF A PROPOSED MODIFICATION FOR THE EXPANSION OF A SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION IN JAMAICA, QUEENS
In advance of making its Determination of Significance under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (6 NYCRR Part 617) ("SEQRA"), and in advance of acting upon a pending application, under 6 NYCRR Part 360, to expand an existing permitted truck-to-truck solid waste transfer station in Jamaica, Queens, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") is soliciting comments on the application for permit modification and supporting Engineering Report, Environmental Assessment, and NYC Department of Sanitation's proposed Negative Declaration with respect to:Applicant: Regal Recycling Co., Inc.
Current Permit and Facility:
The existing facility is a permitted truck-to-truck solid waste transfer station that is located on an approximately 1.07-acre parcel of land fronting on both Douglas and Liberty Avenues between 170th and 175th Streets in Community District No. 12, Jamaica, Queens. The existing permit authorizes the facility to handle 355 cubic yards of Putrescible Solid Waste ("PSW") and 355 cubic yards of Construction and Demolition debris ("C&D") daily. The existing permit also provides for on-site storage of up to 2,885 cubic yards of processed C&D for a maximum of 60 days.
The facility currently contains an approximately 13,300 square foot one-story, 34 foot tall building used for the transfer of PSW. C&D transfer operations are conducted outside in the facility yard. The existing facility also includes a truck weighing station located on a separate lot to the west of the transfer station building. The facility includes several other lots located to the west of the transfer station building that the applicant uses for employee parking, equipment storage, vehicle repair and office space.
Proposed Action: The proposed application is for a permit modification that would allow construction of certain additional facilities at the site to accommodate an increase in the capacity of PSW from the permitted 355 cubic yards to 2,025 cubic yards per day (CYD). At the same time, the applicant seeks to retain the existing daily capacity for C&D transfer activities (355 CYD), while reducing the C&D storage capacity to 2,000 cubic yards.
The facility would be capable of accepting post-recycling residential and commercial waste generated within the City of New York which would be transported into and out of the facility by truck for disposal at an out-of-city location. The facility would continue to operate six days a week for 24 hours per day.
Under the proposed application, to accommodate the increased waste capacity, the applicant would add three lots comprising 8,600 square feet adjacent to the facility. This additional area would be used to accommodate the construction of a one-story, 30 foot tall concrete and steel addition of 18,200 square feet allowing the applicant to conduct all C&D transfer and storage operations within the structure. The new building would also contain an office and facilities for personnel. The proposed plan provides space for packer truck and trailer waiting and queuing.
Status of Permit Applications:
On or about February 4, 1999, DEC Region 2 received a revised application to modify the existing State Solid Waste Permit issued on January 10, 1992 and last renewed June 10, 1996 by DEC pursuant to 6NYCRR Part 360, as described above. The permit modification was supported by an Engineering Report entitled "Engineering Report for a Transfer Station (360-11) Recyclables Handling and Recovery Facility (360-12) and a Construction and Demolition Debris Processing Facility (360-16)" prepared by Don Levy, Architect, and recently revised August 10, 2000. The pending modification request is under review by DEC Solid Waste staff.
The applicant has also sought a corresponding permit from the New York City Department of Sanitation.
These pending City and State permit applications will not be acted upon further until the City Department of Sanitation and State DEC jointly sign a Determination of Significance under the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA"), as discussed below.
SEQRA Process: The Lead Agency must determine the environmental significance of a proposed action. The Lead Agency making the determination must consider the action, review the Environmental Assessment Form and any supporting documentation, thoroughly analyze the identified relevant areas of environmental concern, and set forth its determination of significance in written form. A "Determination of Significance" can take the form of a "Negative Declaration" (i.e., a finding that there will be no significant adverse impacts from the action) or a "Positive Declaration" (i.e., a finding that there is a potential for significant adverse impacts from the action).
A Negative Declaration ends the environmental review process under SEQRA. A Positive Declaration requires the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement ("EIS") and subsequent SEQRA findings before a permit can be issued.
In accordance with the 1992 Stipulation and Order in the Matter of the City of New York v. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Supreme Court, Albany County Index No. 7218/91), the City Department of Sanitation and the State DEC are considered co-lead agencies, responsible for evaluating the potential impacts of certain solid waste transfer station applications under SEQRA.
In practice, the City Department of Sanitation coordinates the communications with the applicant concerning SEQRA and distributes information from the applicant to other relevant City agencies and State DEC. NYCDOS and the DEC coordinate their environmental review to reach a determination of significance.
SEQRA Status: The DEC received an initial SEQRA submission on or about January 18, 2000. The most recent Revised Environmental Assessment dated August 10, 2000, and Engineering Report dated August 17, 2000, was received by DEC on or about August 21, 2000. On September 1, 2000, the New York City Department of Sanitation (NYCDOS) sent DEC a proposed Negative Declaration (signed by the Department of Sanitation).
Public Comment: DEC is actively reviewing the proposed application for permit modification, supporting Engineering Report, the Environmental Assessment Statement, and the NYCDOS proposed Negative Declaration and is soliciting comments from the public regarding these documents and the proposed project.
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the contact person no later than October 11, 2000. Individual comments may not be responded to. The application and supporting documents are available for review at the location below.Contact: Charles deQuillfeldt
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.
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