Region 7 SEQR and Other Notices Region 7 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 7 Completed Applications 04/04/2001

Onondaga County
Applicant: Hanson Aggregates New York Inc
PO Box 513
4800 Jamesville Rd
Jamesville, NY 13078-0513
Facility: Hanson - Jamesville Quarry
4800 Jamesville Road
Jamesville, NY 13078-
Application ID: 7-3126-00034/00002
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation
Project is Located: Dewitt, Onondaga County
Project Description:

The applicant proposes the renewal of their own Mined Land Reclamation (MLR) Permit, along with the transfer of the Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.: Jamesville Quarry MLR Permit, for the Hanson Jamesville Facility, in DeWitt/Manlius (T's), Onondaga County. This will now recombine the Jamesville Quarry into one mine. The Reclamation Plan will remain the same as was previously permitted, which was as a "Consolidated Plan", involving both mines.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 4 2001.
Contact: Joanne L. March
NYSDEC Region 7 Headquarters
615 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315)426-7438
jlmarch@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Oswego County
Applicant: Oswego Harbor Power LLC
1221 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403-
Facility: South Oswego Terminal
Ridge Rd & Co Rte 20
Oswego, NY 13126-
Application ID: 7-3542-00024/00010
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 19 Air Title V Facility
Project is Located: Oswego, Oswego County
Project Description:

The Department has drafted a permit pursuant to Article 19 (Air Pollution Control) of the NYS Environmental Conservation Law and Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments, and made a tentative determination to approve the application for an existing facility (NRG Oswego South Oil Terminal) located at Ridge Road & Cty Rte 20, Oswego, NY 13126. The South Oswego Oil Terminal consists of one 64 mmBtu/hr oil fired boiler used to heat fuel oil at a 3,050,000 barrel capacity oil storage terminal. Facility operations and permit limits will not change as a result of this Title V permit. In accordance with 6 NYCRR Parts 621.5(d)(9) and 201-6.4(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6 NYCRR Part 201. The application and draft permit are available for review at the Region 7 Syracuse Office. Written public comments on the draft permit must be postmarked within 30 days of the date of this notice. Contact: Joe Dlugolenski, Division of Environmental Permits, NYSDEC Region 7, Syracuse, NY 13024, 315-426-7454.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 4 2001.
Contact: Joseph M. Dlugolenski
NYSDEC Region 7 Headquarters
615 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315)426-7438
jmdlugol@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Tioga County
Applicant: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co
PO Box 2511
Houston, TX 77252-2511
Facility: Stagecoach Lateral Pipeline
Several Areas In Town Of Owego
Owego, NY -
Application ID: 7-4930-00152/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Project is Located: Owego, Tioga County
Project Description:

     Tennessee proposes to expand its facilities in order to provide service to the Stagecoach Storage Field Project. Tennessee proposes to construct a 23.7 mile (approximately 2 miles in New York State), 30-inch diameter lateral pipeline with a capacity of 500,000 Dth/d connecting the Central New York Oil and Gas Company, LLC (CNYOG) storage field to Tennessee's 300-Line (Stagecoach Lateral). Additionally, Tennessee proposes to expand capacity on its 300-line by 100,000 Dth/d to transport gas from the Stagecoach Storage Field Project to the Northeast market (300-Line Expansion).

     The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead Federal agency responsible for evaluating applications filed for authority to construct and operate interstate natural gas facilities under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act. An Environmental Assessment was prepared by the FERC to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Public meetings were held to obtain comments on the proposed action and comments were solicited through public notice. The Environmental Assessment concludes that construction of the Stagecoach Storage and Expansion Project and the Stagecoach Lateral Pipeline, with appropriate mitigation measures, would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the environment. FERC is reviewing these projects under Docket Nos. CP00-063-000 and CP00-065-000. The Environmental Assessment, published on September 12, 2000, as well as the application and other supplemental filings in this docket, are available for viewing on the FERC web site at http://www.ferc.fed.us. (Click on the ‘RIMS' link, select ‘Docket #' from the RIMS menu, and follow the instructions). FERC issued an order issuing Certificates on February 23, 2001, for these projects.

     Specifically, Tennessee proposes to construct, install, and operate the following pipeline facilities:

          - approximately 23.7 miles (approximately 2 miles in New York State) of 30-inch diameter lateral pipeline (Stagecoach Lateral) with associated appurtenances extending from an interconnecting point with Tennessee's mainline system in Pennsylvania northward to CNYOG's proposed Stagecoach Storage Field in Tioga County, New York.

     The Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has jurisdiction under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, primarily for the construction of the gas pipeline across streams and drainage swales, and through Federally regulated freshwater wetlands.

     There is a companion project to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Project which is proposed by CNYOG and is generally referred to as the Stagecoach Storage Field Project. The CNYOG project is being publically noticed separately as DEC# 7-4999-00013/00005, and is referred to as the Stagecoach Lateral Pipeline.

     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also has jurisdiction under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps issued a joint notice regarding the project on March 22, 2001, and will also take comments until April 21, 2001. A copy of the Corps notice is available for review at local post offices.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 7 2001.
Contact: Michael K. Barylski
NYSDEC Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office
1285 Fisher Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607)753-3095
mkbaryls@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Applicant: Central New York Oil & Gas Co LLC
3131 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77098-
Facility: Stagecoach Storage Project
Several Roads In The 2 Towns
Owego & Nichols, NY -
Application ID: 7-4999-00013/00005
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 23 Title 13 Underground Storage of Gas
Project is Located: Owego, Tioga County
Project Description:

     Central New York Oil and Gas Company, LLC (CNYOG) proposes to develop the Stagecoach Storage Field Project, an underground natural gas storage project at the Stagecoach Gas Field, an existing natural gas producing field located in Tioga County, New York and Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

     The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead Federal agency responsible for evaluating applications filed for authority to construct and operate interstate natural gas facilities under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act. An Environmental Assessment was prepared by the FERC to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Public meetings were held to obtain comments on the proposed action and comments were solicited through public notice. The Environmental Assessment concludes that construction of the Stagecoach Storage and Expansion Project and the Stagecoach Lateral Pipeline, with appropriate mitigation measures, would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the environment. FERC is reviewing these projects under Docket Nos. CP00-063-000, et al. The Environmental Assessment, published on September 12, 2000, as well as the application and other supplemental filings in this docket, are available for viewing on the FERC web site at http://www.ferc.fed.us. (Click on the ‘RIMS' link, select ‘Docket #' from the RIMS menu, and follow the instructions). FERC issued an order issuing Certificates on February 23, 2001, for these projects. CNYOG proposes to construct and operate:

          - Up to 24 storage injection/withdrawal wells, and 2 new observation wells;

          - A 25,000-hp electrically-driven compressor station (Central Compression Facility) with gas cleaning and dehydration equipment, regulating facilities, pig launchers and receivers, miscellaneous valves and regulators, and control equipment;

          - The storage field construction includes approximately 10 miles of gathering pipeline easement, approximately 4 miles containing two pipelines (12- and 20-inch diameter) and the remainder containing single lines ranging from 8-inch to 20-inch diameter pipeline;

          - 14 meter stations and isolating valves along the gathering pipeline system; and

          - About 2 miles of access roads not contained within pipeline or well site easements.

     The Stagecoach Storage Field Project also includes a 4.7-mile-long, 12-inch diameter pipeline (Twin Tier Lateral) from the Central Compressor Facility to the proposed Twin Tier Power Plant; and a 1.5-mile-long, 115 kilovolt ("kV") electric transmission line that would extend from the Central Compression Facility to a point of interconnection with a 115 kV transmission line owned by the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation.

     CNYOG states that the Stagecoach Storage Field Project will have an initial working gas capacity of 11.94 billion cubic feet, ("BCF") at a reservoir pressure of 2,850 psi, and approximately 13.6 Bcf at a reservoir pressure of 3,250 psi (all assuming a minimum operating pressure of 600 psi). The Stagecoach Storage Field Project will be capable of supporting natural gas withdrawals of up to 500 million cubic feet per day ("MMCFD") and injections of up to 250 MMCFD. CNYOG claims the anticipated performance of the Stagecoach Storage Field Project will far exceed that typical of depleted reservoir facilities located in the Northeast market area. CNYOG further states that the Stagecoach Storage Field Project will be ideally suited for meeting the rapidly changing demands of the electric generation market that is driving much of the growth in natural gas demand in the Northeast.

     The Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has jurisdiction under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, primarily for the construction of the gas pipeline across streams and drainage swales, and through federally regulated freshwater wetlands. The Department also has jurisdiction under Environmental Conservation Law Article 23 for the underground storage of the natural gas and an underground storage permit is required. CNYOG has indicated that once the pipeline is constructed they will propose that water used in testing the integrity of the pipeline (hydrostatic test water), quantities estimated at up to 750,000 gallons, will need to be discharged back to surface waters. This activity will require a permit from the Department in accordance with the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES). An application for this discharge has not yet been received by the Department. Such an application would be subject to additional public notice requirements.

     There is a companion project to the CNYOG project which is proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and is generally referred to as the Stagecoach Lateral Pipeline. The Tennessee project is being publically noticed separately as DEC# 7-4930-00152/00001.

     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also has jurisdiction under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps issued a joint notice regarding the project on March 22, 2001, and will also take comments until April 21, 2001. A copy of the Corps notice is available for review at local post offices.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 7 2001.
Contact: Michael K. Barylski
NYSDEC Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office
1285 Fisher Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607)753-3095
mkbaryls@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Tompkins County
Applicant: Ithaca - C
108 E Green St City Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850-
Facility: Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Fac
525 Third Street
Ithaca, NY 14850-
Application ID: 7-5007-00012/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES
Project is Located: Ithaca, Tompkins County
Project Description:

The Department has made a tentative determination to modify an existing State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit for the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility to incorporate the following: 1) The average flow limitation is increased to 13.1 MGD as per Permittee's request dated February 27, 1995; 2) The existing limitation for phosphorus of 1.0 mg/l established in accordance with the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) is not continued. The proposed phosphorus effluent limitation has been established as a no net increase limit for an expanded discharge to a lake as per TOGS 1.3.6. The no net increase limitation was set at the 95th percentile of the twelve month rolling average (TMRA) performance. The proposed limitation is consistent with the GLWQA; 3) The permit fact sheet explains that should the permittee construct advanced phosphorus removal facilities, the Department will modify the permit to establish a phosphorus effluent limitation based on performance of those facilities; 4) Annual reporting of sewer system operation and maintenance activities will be required. The facility is located at 525 Third Street, City of Ithaca, Tompkins County.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency: Ithaca City Council
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than May 4 2001.
Contact: John H. Merriman Jr
NYSDEC Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office
1285 Fisher Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607)753-3095
jhmerrim@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Region 7 SEQR and Other Notices Region 7 SPDES Renewals