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
New York City County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Accessory Parking Garage Special Permit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a special permit to allow accessory off-street parking. The project is located at 311 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in the Preservation Area of the Special Clinton District, Manhattan Community District 4.
Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423