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Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Articles 1, 3, and 27, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

An Emergency Adoption was filed with Department of State and became effective on December 22, 2000 to amend 6 NYCRR Part 380 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. This emergency rule was proposed for permanent adoption in the State Register on November 15, 2000.

The purpose of the rule is to control the disposal of wastes contaminated with the radioactive wastes from the extraction of uranium and thorium from ores. The rule requires that these radioactive wastes be disposed of at facilities authorized to accept radioactive waste, and will effectively exclude them from Part 360 and Part 373 landfills, unless a variance to Part 380 is requested and granted. Variances may be granted for slightly contaminated wastes, if the proposed disposal will have no significant adverse impact on the public health and safety or the environment.

This emergency rule will be effective until February 20, 2001.

For further information, contact: Barbara Youngberg, 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

This notice was prepared and submitted by: Deborah L. Aldrich, Regulatory Coordinator Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12233-7250 Telephone: (518) 457-0532. E-mial: dlaldric@gw.dec.state.ny.us