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Notice for the Eighth Annual NYS Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention

Applications are now available for the New York State Eighth Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention. The awards program was established to recognize pollution prevention efforts by NYS organizations. Applicants can compete in one of the three following categories:

Nominations for awards will be made to Governor Pataki by the Department of Environmental Conservation based on recommendations from a selection committee.

Criteria to be considered for the applicants include: waste volume/toxicity reduction, overall environmental benefits, overall economic benefits, improvement in worker safety, innovations in technology, process or education program, level of management commitment, and transferability.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Presentation of the awards will be during Pollution Prevention Week in September 2001 at the new DEC Headquarters located at 625 Broadway in Albany. The winners will be notified a week prior to the presentation of the awards. Applications are due May 1, 2001, and are available through the DECís website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2gov.html.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards should contact Mr. Carlos Montes at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 50 Wolf Rd., Room 298, Albany, NY 12233-8010, telephone (518) 457-0774, Fax (518) 457-2570, email clmontes@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Notice for TAGM Recission

Following review of its Technical Administrative Guidance Memoranda (TAGMs), the Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has rescinded the following TAGMs because they are obsolete. Rationale for recission specific to each TAGM is provided below:

Developing and Clearing Manual Items (effective date 09/12/96). This TAGM, which addressed the procedures of developing a TAGM, has been updated and revised as a DANDI (Division Administrative Notice or Directive Information). The guidance is more appropriate to the DANDI format because the topic is limited to administrative aspects and is specific only to Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials staff.

Protocol Between the Division of Hazardous Substances Regulation and Division of Hazardous Waste Remediation (effective date 05/31/90). The guidance in TAGM 1002 was issued as protocol to distribute the workload following the reorganization of the former Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste. The TAGM is obsolete and no longer required.

Identification of Hazardous Waste (effective date 05/31/90). TAGM 3002 identified types of hazardous wastes which are difficult to determine and described how these wastes fit into regulatory requirements. Subsequent changes in federal regulations have made sections of TAGM 3002 obsolete. In addition, the relevant information has become standard operating procedures rendering the TAGM unnecessary.

Collection Sites for Household Hazardous Wastes and Hazardous Wastes From Small Quantity Generators (effective date 05/31/90). TAGM 3010 addressed requirements for the collection of household hazardous waste and hazardous waste from small quantity generators. The issuance of 6 NYCRR Part 373-4, Facility Standards for the Collection of Household Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Waste from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, which became effective on January 14, 1995, eliminated the need for TAGM 3010.

Generic Part 373, Module III: Corrective Action Requirements for SWM Units (effective Date 03/22/91). TAGM 3016 provided a generic corrective action module that was to be included in all Part 373 RCRA permits addressing corrective action from assessment through permit modification for corrective measure implementation. This TAGM with its generic module is no longer necessary because the RCRA-C corrective action projects addressed by the Department are moving or have moved from the remedial investigation and corrective measure study phases to the remedy phase. This forward progress in the program now requires that more tailored and site-specific corrective action modules be prepared for permit renewals and modifications.

Soil Barrier Construction (effective date 07/03/92). TAGM 3025 was published to meet a need for uniform guidance on the construction of landfill final cover and bottom line systems using clay as the barrier to meet the permeability requirements of the hazardous waste regulations. The USEPA subsequently issued design guidance that addresses this topic, thereby eliminating the need for this TAGM.

Antifreeze Disposal (effective date 03/16/92). TAGM 3029 addressed best antifreeze disposal management practices for auto repair shops, scrap yards and other generators and handlers. These practices are currently covered in sector-specific environmental auditing manuals, brochures and tip-strips and, therefore, this TAGM is no longer necessary.

Evaluating Hazardous Waste Reduction Plans (effective date 05/24/93). TAGM 3033 addressed internal Division-wide technical review processes only and was developed in the initial stages of the Hazardous Waste Reduction Plans program (HWRP) when no tested procedures existed and large numbers of HWRPs were being submitted for evaluation. Subsequently, the number of HWRPs submitted and the program staff have substantially decreased and the evaluation procedures have become standard operating procedures. In addition, other guidance specific to generator requirements is provided to any generator who must submit a new HWRP.

Active Waste Management (effective date 02/08/93). TAGM 3038 elaborated on the regulatory definition for land disposal as a form of active waste management of hazardous waste, hazardous debris, or waste environmental media "containing" contamination from listed hazardous waste. The TAGM presents several scenarios illustrating waste management practices which do and do not constitute hazardous waste land disposal. Through many years of experience implementing the RCRA-C program in New York State, both the regulated community and Department staff have come to understand the meaning of active waste management in the context of land disposal of hazardous waste. Therefore, this TAGM is no longer necessary.

Part 380 Inspection Procedure (effective date 02/08/93). TAGM 4000 described the one-time policy and procedures for conducting compliance inspections at facilities that have been issued permits authorizing the discharge of radioactive material into the environment.

The procedures in TAGM 4000 are geared toward Department program staff conducting such inspections only and, therefore, inappropriate to the TAGM system. In addition, the procedures are currently being updated and will be included in the Manual of Procedures of the Radiation Section of the Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials.

MOU with DRA, DAR and DHSR for Permit Issuance of Radioactive Materials (effective date 07/16/93). TAGM 4001 was developed for the sole purpose of acknowledging the subject MOU. The TAGM does not provide any additional guidance. The TAGM is, therefore, no longer necessary.

MOU with DRA, DOW and DHSR for Permit Issuance of Radioactive Materials (effective date 07/16/93). TAGM 4002 was developed for the sole purpose of acknowledging the subject MOU. The TAGM does not provide any additional guidance. The TAGM is, therefore, no longer necessary.

Contact: NYSDEC, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste, Penny Cioffi, phone: (518)457-3273.
Public Notice of Adoption of Amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 325

Pursuant to Chapter 285 of the Laws of 2000 and Title 10 of Article 33 of the Environmental Conservation Law, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the adoption of the following rulemaking action: A new chapter 285 of the Laws of 2000, called the Neighbor Notification Law of 2000, added provisions to Title 10 of Article 33 regarding posting of notification markers for residential lawn application, posting of signs at certain retail establishments, and mandating neighbor notification of certain commercial lawn applications. This rulemaking addresses the mandates of the Neighbor Notification Law of 2000. The adopted rule amends Part 325 to provide the details to implement the requirements of the Neighbor Notification Law of 2000. Details on the notification markers required to be posted for certain residential lawn applications; details on the design and location of signs required for certain retail establishments; and details on neighbor notification of certain commercial lawn applications are all established.

For further information, contact:

Al Muench, NYSDEC, Bureau of Pesticide Management Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-7254 Telephone: (518) 457-7482, e-mail: pestmgt@gw.dec.state.ny.us