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Public Notice

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 March 8, 2001 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. It allows for this rule to be in effect while it goes through the rulemaking process for permanent adoption.

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 for 60 days from date of filing with Department of State; until May 7, 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

Notice of Availability

The Department of State and Department of Environmental Conservation have jointly developed guidelines for salt marsh restoration projects in New York State. These guidelines will be published in a book format of approximately 140 pages, and will be distributed by both agencies to the appropriate end users and stakeholders. The Department of State will use these guidelines in conjunction with self-sponsored or administered projects, including Environmental Protection Fund and Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act projects. The Department of Environmental Conservation will use these guidelines in conjunction with self-sponsored or administered projects and activities, including Bond Act projects and permit review. These guidelines are not binding, and do not change, replace, or add to any existing regulatory program.

The action will facilitate the planning, design, implementation, tracking, and evaluation of salt marsh restoration projects in New York State. The Salt Marsh Restoration and Monitoring Guidelines are not binding, and do not change, replace, or add to any existing regulatory program. These guidelines advance Coastal Management Program Policies 7 and 44 by promoting protection and restoration of significant habitats (specifically Tidal Wetlands), vegetation, fauna, fish, shellfish, wildlife, and threatened and endangered species. Salt marsh restoration promotes protection from flooding, erosion and drainage problems and improves water quality. The document will assist communities in improving and implementing existing natural resource management goals, objectives, and plans; and result in cumulative improvement in salt marsh restoration and monitoring activities.

Contact: Nancy Niedowski, NYS Department of State Division of Coastal Resources, 41 State Street Albany, NY 12231, phone: 518-473-8359 Fax: 518-473-2464 E-mail: nniedows@dos.state.ny.us

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