Public Notice

Public Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Sections 1-0101(1), 1-0303(19), 3-0301(1), and 27-0501, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following proposed rulemaking action:

An Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking was filed with the Department of State on October 27, 2000 to regulate the disposal of the radioactive wastes generated by the extraction or concentration of uranium or thorium where such waste is not regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The emergency adoption was effective October 27, 2000. The primary source of these wastes is sites where uranium and thorium were refined during and shortly following World War II. Under this amendment, these wastes must be disposed of as radioactive waste and in accordance with Part380. The emergency rule will expire on December26, 2000. The Proposed Rulemaking would incorporate the provisions of the emergency rule into Part 380.

Public Hearings on the Proposed Rulemaking are scheduled as follows:

January 9, 2001 1:00 pm Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. Amherst, NY 14228
January 9, 2001 7:00 pm Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. Amherst, NY 14228
January 12, 2001 1:00 pm 80 Wolf Road, Room 404 Albany, NY 12205

The comment period will close at 5:00 pm on January 17, 2001.

For further information, contact Barbara Youngberg, NYSDEC Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12233-7255; telephone: 518-457-2225; E-mail: bayoungb@gw.dec.state.ny.us