ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

        
Completed Applications Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Notice of Use of Emission Reduction Credits

Applicant: KeySpan-Ravenswood Services Corp., 175 E. Old Country Rd., Hicksville, NY 11801

Application Number: DEC # 2-6304-00024/00004; PSC Article X Case # 99-F-1625

Project Description: KeySpan-Ravenswood Services Corp. (KeySpan) is proposing to construct an electricity and steam cogenerating power plant (Ravenswood Cogenerating Facility) composed of a General Electric Frame 7FA combustion turbine with a duct-fired heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). The turbine will have a nominal electric capability of 250 megawatts and the HRSG will be capable of developing 976,000 pounds of steam per hour for the New York City steam system. The primary fuel for this project will be natural gas, with distillate oil (kerosene) backup. The facility address will be 38-54 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, NY 11101, adjacent to the existing Ravenswood power plant.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing notice that KeySpan intends to use Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) in accordance with 6NYCRR Subpart 231-2 to offset potential emissions from its Ravenswood Cogenerating Facility. Because the facility is located in a severe non-attainment area for ozone, the emissions of the ozone precursors, Nox and VOC, will have to be offset at a ratio of 1.3 to 1. The facility’s potential to emit (PTE) NOx is 142 tons per year and the PTE for VOC is 99.2 tpy. Therefore, the emissions offsets required for NOx will be 185 tpy and the offsets required for VOCs will be 129 tpy.

The ERCs to be used have been supplied from the following sources:

- KeySpan’s Glenwood Power Station, Shore Rd., Glenwood Landing, NY 11547, oxides of nitrogen (NOx): 185 tons per year (tpy)

- 3M Corporation, 2201 Green Lane, Bristol, PA 19007, volatile organic compounds (VOCs): 145 tpy

The "Use of Emission Reduction Credits" forms and the application and supporting documentation to this project are available for review during normal business hours at the DEC office provided in this notice. The fact sheet for the Ravenswood Cogeneration Project has been revised to reflect the use of these ERCs and is available for review at the DEC offices provided in this notice during normal business hours. Comments of support or objection may be made by filing a written statement by the deadline date indicated. DEC may schedule a public hearing based upon an evaluation of the nature and scope of any written objections raised. Hearing notices will contain instructions on filing for party status and submitting comments.

The application materials, as well as a draft SPDES and Subpart 201-5 permits, and fact sheet are available for review at the following locations during normal business hours between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday:

1. DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-1550, Contact: Helene Goldberger, Administrative Law Judge, (518) 457-3946;

2. DEC Division of Environmental Permits, 50 Wolf Road, Room 538, Albany, New York 12233-1750, Contact: Orest Lewinter, Project Manager, (518) 457-7718; and

3. NYS DEC Region 2 Headquarters, 1 Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101-5407, Contact: Elizabeth Clarke (718) 482-4997.

Questions concerning the ongoing DEC permit application proceeding (being conducted jointly with the PSL Article X proceeding) should be directed to Helene Goldberger, Administrative Law Judge, (518) 457-3946. The DEC Notice of Complete Application was published in the January 24, 2001 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin.

Written Comments: All written comments must be filed with Orest Lewinter, Project Manager at the DEC Division of Environmental Permits, 50 Wolf Road, Room 538, Albany, New York 12233-1750, and postmarked no later than May 18, 2001.


Notice of Symposium and Public Hearing

The Department of City Planning is announcing that an informational symposium, and the public hearing will be held on April 20, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in Spector Hall, at the Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York. to receive comments in preparation for the Proposed 2002 Consolidated Plan. This document is required by the United States Daprtment of Housing and Urban Development. It consolidates the statutory requirements of the Cranston-Gonzalez Housing Act's Comprehensive Housing affordability Strategy, and the City's use of federal funds for housing, services to the homeless, supportive housing services and community development programs. This document serves as the City's application for the four HUD Office of community Planning and Development entitlement programs: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter Grants, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

Contact: Josleph B. Rose, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007-1216, Fax: (212) 720-3219.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York County - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed construction of Columbia University School for Children will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30-day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves an application for a BSA variance pursuant to Z.R. §72-21 to allow the proposed construction of a 12-story, 141,128 square foot building with 7,500 square feet (sf) of retail use on the ground floor, the 650 seat, 75,800 square foot school for grades K through 8 Columbia University School for Children, and 27 faculty housing units totaling 78,000 sf on the 6th through 12th floors at the southeast corner of West 110th Street (Cathedral Parkway) and Broadway in Manhattan. The proposed project site includes several land uses which would remain, as follows: Two residential buildings located on West 109th Street, an existing Chase Bank fronting Broadway which would be incorporated into the proposed structure, and a synagogue adjacent to the development site. The project is located 2820-2834 Broadway/253-259 West 109th Street/550-556 West 110th Street, Manhattan, Block 1881, Lots 1, 3, 4, 6, and 56.

The conditions are:

The proposed project would create a potentially significant traffic impact on the southbound movement at the intersection of Cathedral Parkway and Broadway during the weekday PM (3 PM - 4 PM) peak period. The following proposed signal timing modification would mitigate this traffic impact: A 9-second reduction in the north-south signal phase and a 2-second reduction in the east-west signal phase during the PM peak hour. The total of 11 seconds would be used to create a leading, southbound signal phase (8 seconds of green time and 3 seconds of amber time). DOT will investigate the feasibility of implementing this mitigation measure when the project is built and occupied. The applicant should advise the NYC DOT’s Office of Project Analysis and the Division of Signals and Street Lighting six months prior to completion and occupancy of the proposed project. BSA Cal. No.: 306-00-BZ

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101, phone: (718) 472-8220.


New York City (Queens) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed P.S./I.S. 499 Queens will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30-day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the construction of a new primary/intermediate school on a vacant, approximately 2.3-acre portion of the Queens College campus, located on the south side of Reeves Avenue between 149th and 150th Streets. The proposed school, to be known as P.S./I.S. 499-Q, would serve up to 534 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students in the borough of Queens. The school would be housed in a four-story building containing a total of approximately 110,864 gross square feet, while the remainder of the site would contain school play areas. The project is located on the south side of Reeves Avenue between 149th and 150th Streets, Flushing, Queens, New York.

The conditions are:

Petition the New York City Department of Transportation prior to the completion of construction to implement traffic signal timing modifications to result in no significant adverse impacts on traffic and transportation in the project area.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101, phone: (718) 472-8220.


Negative Declaration

New York City County - The New York City Industrial Development Agency, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Inc.: Church Missions House will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the exterior renovations and improvements to the 7-story building located at 281 Park Avenue South, New York, NY, an individual landmarked building. The approved work consists of the removal of deteriorated sections of the southern brick and limestone parapet; reconstruction of the parapet, using the salvaged limestone coping; the removal and reinstallation of loose sections of limestone, including panels at the tympanum, finials, balusters and coping stones, with stainless steel pins installed through the units to anchor them to back-up masonry; and patching and repointing areas of limestone on the north and west elevations. The project is located at 281 Park Avenue South, New York, New York.

Contact: Asima Shah, NYC EDC, 110 William Street, New York, New York 10038, phone: (212) 312-3781.


New York City - The City Planning Commission of the City of New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed amendment to the text of the zoning resolution Section 11-43 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an extension for an existing permit for 36 months. The project is located at the West Side Yard at Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street, Manhattan.

Contact: Robert Dubruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007-1216, phone: (212) 720-3420.


New York City (Queens) County - The Long Island Power Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bayswater Peaking Facility Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Long Island Power Authority’s (“LIPA”) proposed acquisition and lease of property in Far Rockaway, Queens, to Bayswater Peaking Facility, LLP (“Bayswater”) for the installation and summer operation by Bayswater of two gas-fired Pratt & Whitney FT-8 turbine generators that will produce a total of 44 MW of electricity for the New York City grid in the portion of Queens served by LIPA (the “Peaking Facility”). LIPA would enter into a power purchase agreement with Bayswater to purchase the output of the Peaking Facility.

Contact: Stephen S. Rosen, Allee King Rosen and Fleming Inc., 117 East 29th Street, 5th Floor, New York, New York 11553, phone: (212) 696-0670.


Positive Declaration and Notice of Public Scoping

New York City County - The Planning Commission of New York City, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Campus Rezoning may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A Public Scoping meeting on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be held on Friday April 27, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Department of City Planning of the City of New York, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007-1216, phone: (212) 720-3420.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York City (Kings) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed P.S./I.S. 395 – Brooklyn. The action involves the construction of a new approximately 1,100 seat facility serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students of Community School District 22. The project site consists of a 1.93-acre property which has been operated as the Anthony Chiarantano Memorial Park since 1977, and a City-owned, vacant, and unimproved 9,000 square foot lot. The project is located 4502 Farragut Road, East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101, phone: (718) 472-8220.