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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: 1) facilities generating waste and pollution: small (100 or fewer employees), mid-size (more than 100 and fewer than 500 employees), or large (more than 500 employees) industrial, commercial or institutional facilities; federal, state and local governments; and educational institutions, 2) technical assistance providers: environmental, community and civic organizations; trade associations or other business/industry groups; federal, state and local governments, and educational institutions; and other public or private entities, and 3) continuous improvement: this category is for organizations that demonstrate a longer term commitment to pollution prevention and continue to develop and implement pollution prevention programs and achieve results. 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. The deadline indicated in the brochure to apply for the awards is May 1, 2001. However, because the brochures were received late, a two-week extension until May 15, 2001 has been granted. The application package is still available through the DEC’s 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


Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control Second Quarter Update of the FFY 2001 Intended Use Plan (IUP)

The 2001 IUP for the CWSRF was issued in September 2000 and updated with the First Quarter Update in January 2001. Since that time, municipalities have requested funding for additional projects. Municipal water quality protection projects must be included in the IUP to receive low interest rate financings.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have prepared the Second Quarter Update of the 2001 CWSRF Intended Use Plan. The Second Quarter Update will provide interested parties with new and updated information regarding projects listed in the 2001 IUP Annual and Multi-Year Project Priority Lists (PPL).

Information updated in the priority lists includes: new projects added, projects that will be ready for financing during Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2001, projects requiring additional funds, revised project scores, and miscellaneous changes. Notations have been added to the lists to facilitate identification of new projects and project changes. Projects added to the Annual PPL are those expected to qualify for and receive long-term financing prior to September 30, 2001.

The Multi-Year PPL is an inventory of all projects for which municipalities have expressed interest in CWSRF financing. New projects are added to the Multi-Year PPL as they are identified by municipalities. This facilitates applications for short-term financing as a municipality could immediately qualify for a short-term loan, provided the project meets environmental significance criteria, has a project score above any long-term funding line in its project category, the municipality has an approved technical planning report, and has completed the environmental review process for CWSRF projects. There is no priority list for short-term loans, which are processed on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of a complete application up to the amount allocated for short-term loans in the IUP.

Comments on the Second Quarter Update will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business, Friday, May 18, 2001. Comments can be addressed by fax at (518) 485-8494 or by mail to Mr. David Morseman, Program Services Representative III, Division of Program Management, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 50 Wolf Road, Room 502, Albany, New York 12205-2603.

If you would like a copy of the Second Quarter Update, or additional information on the CWSRF program and how to list a project on the IUP, please contact Mr. Morseman at EFC’s toll-free information line (800) 882-9721 ext. #4 (within NYS only) or (518) 457-3833. Written requests for CWSRF program information should be addressed to Mr. Morseman at the above address. Information on the CWSRF program can be viewed on the World Wide Web at http://www.nysefc.org.


Notice of Completion of Draft Supplemental EIS
Project Number: 01-E-0011

A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been completed and accepted by the New York State Public Service Commission as lead agency, for the proposed action described below.

Comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS are requested and will be accepted by the contact person until June 6, 2001.

Name of Action:

Case 01-E-0011 Joint Petition of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation and New York State Electric & Gas Corporation and Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and Constellation Nuclear LLC and Nine Mile Nuclear Station, LLC, for Authority under the Public Service Law Section 70 to Transfer Certain Generating Related Assets and for Related Approvals.

Description of Action:

Niagara Mohawk, New York State Electric & Gas, Rochester Gas & Electric and Central Hudson Gas & Electric have entered into an agreement to sell their interest in the Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 Nuclear Power Plants to Constellation Nuclear LLC. Under the provisions of Section 70 of the Public Service Law, this transfer cannot go forward without the approval of the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC). The proposed action is a subsequent action to regulatory policies concerning competition in the electric industry which were adopted by the PSC in Case 94-E-0952. Thus the draft EIS in the current case is supplemental to a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) issued in Case 94-E-0952.

Location:
Town of Scriba, Oswego County

Potential Environmental Impacts:

Because Constellation Nuclear LLC, the proposed new owner of the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Plants, is expected to operate them in much the same manner as Niagara Mohawk would if it were to continue as plant operator, the reasonably anticipated impacts of the sale are limited. Staff of the Department of Public Service has not identified any significant impacts of the sale which do not fall within the conditions and thresholds of the FGEIS in Case 94-E-0952.

However, given the nature of the facilities being sold, the PSC has determined that it is important to solicit other opinions on the potential for the sale to have significant impacts not addressed in the FGEIS. Accordingly, the PSC has issued a draft SEIS for public comment. Copies of the Draft SEIS will be available by May 2, 2001. Comments should be submitted by close of business June 6, 2001.

Contact person:
John Smolinsky
NYS Dept. of Public Service
3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223
(518) 474-5368

Notice of Completion of Draft Supplemental EIS
Project Number: 01-E-0040

A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been completed and accepted by the New York State Public Service Commission as lead agency, for the proposed action described below.

Comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS are requested and will be accepted by the contact person until June 6, 2001.

Name of Action:

Case 01-E-0040 Joint Petition of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Entergy Nuclear Indian Point 2, LLC, For authority to Transfer Certain Generating and Related Assets and for Related Relief.

Description of Action:

The Consolidated Edison Company of New York has entered into an agreement to sell the Indian Point 1 and 2 Nuclear Power Plants to Entergy Nuclear Indian Point LLC. Under the provisions of Section 70 of the Public Service Law, this transfer cannot go forward without the approval of the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC). The proposed action is a subsequent action to regulatory policies concerning competition in the electric industry which were adopted by the PSC in Case 90-E-0952. Thus, the draft EIS in the current case is supplemental to a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) issued in Case 94-E-0952.

Location:
Village of Buchanan, Westchester County.

Potential Environmental Impacts:

Because Entergy Nuclear Indian Point LLC, the proposed new owner of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants, is expected to operate them in much the same manner as Consolidated Edison would if it were to continue as plant operator, the reasonably anticipated impacts of the sale are limited.

However, staff of the Department of Public Service has identified one significant impact of the sale, a potential reduction of local government tax bases, which does not fall within the conditions and thresholds of the FGEIS in Case 94-E-0952. Accordingly, the PSC has issued a draft SEIS for public comment. Copies of the Draft SEIS will be available by May 2, 2001. Comments should be submitted by close of business June 6, 2001.

Contact person:
John Smolinsky
NYS Dept. of Public Service
3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223
(518) 474-5368

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) will hold a public hearing on May 16, 2001, at 9:00 a.m., in the Executive Conference Room, Room 602, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York, to consider the issuance of special obligation bonds (the “Bonds”) under the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation Act.

Proceeds of the Bonds are proposed to: (i) finance certain drinking water filtration projects (the “Projects”), as described below, to be owned and operated by the New York Water Service Corporation (the "Company"); and (ii) refinance, in whole, $7,500,000 Water Facilities Revenue Bonds (New York Water Service Corporation Project), Series 1990 (the “1990 Series”), as identified below. The aggregate face amount of the Bonds is presently estimated not to exceed Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($11,500,000). The Bonds to be issued by EFC will be special obligations of EFC payable solely from the revenues pledged to the payment thereof, and will not be a general obligation of, or be secured by, the taxing power of the State of New York.

The Projects, with a proposed aggregate cost not to exceed Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000), consist of the planning, design and construction of two new water filtration plants, one being located at the Seamans Neck Road well site on Seamans Neck Road between Regal Lane and Peter Street in Levittown and the other being located at the Newbridge Road well site on Newbridge Road just south of the intersection with Jerusalem Avenue in Merrick. Each Project is composed of the design and construction of filtration plants on existing well sites; new on-site tanks for backwash waste storage; new backwash supply pumps and sewer connectors; the connection of existing production wells to the filtration plants; and the purchase and installation of standby generators to run the plants if there is a primary power failure.

The 1990 Series is identified as “$7,500,000 New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Water Facilities Revenue Bonds (New York Water Service Corporation Project), Series 1990”, issued pursuant to an EFC resolution, dated December 17, 1989, and an Indenture of Trust, dated as of January 15, 1990, by and between EFC and Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, as Trustee. The 1990 Series bonds, dated January 15, 1990 and maturing on January 15, 2020, financed the acquisition, construction and installation of various facilities for the supply control, treatment and distribution of water in the Company's franchise territory (which is in southeastern Nassau County and includes the unincorporated areas of Merrick, North Merrick, Bellmore, North Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford and portions of Levittown and Massapequa), consisting of the following: (1) flow meters at all pump stations, (2) pH control meters at all chemical feed locations, (3) master control panel at the Company's office at 60 Brooklyn Avenue in Merrick, (4) water main extension at Old Mill Road in Merrick, (5) water main extension at Island Channel Road in Seaford, (6) refurbish electrical system for well #4 and install emergency generator equipment, both at Jerusalem Station in Wantagh, (7) replace fuel storage tank and install elevated storage tank at DeMott Avenue Station in Wantagh, (8) install transmission water main at Bellmore Avenue in Bellmore, (9) install transmission water main for Mandalay School, Penninsula in Wantagh, (10) install transmission water main from Merrick Avenue to Roanoke Avenue in Seaford, (11) install transmission water main from Merrick Avenue to Frankel Boulevard in Merrick, (12) install transmission water main for Hewlett Avenue in Merrick, (13) install transmission water main at Sunrise Highway crossing in Massapequa, (14) replace water main at Main Grundy and Elliot Place in Merrick, (15) replace water main at Shoreman and Beverly Way in Merrick, (16) replace water main at Brompton Road and Euston Road in Merrick, and (17) replace water main at Erwin Court, Waterview Avenue, Ripplewater Avenue and Bayview Street in Massapequa.

All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies desiring to submit comments at the hearing will be provided an opportunity to do so. Written comments can be submitted prior to the hearing to the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12205, Attention: Justin S. Miller, Esq.(518) 457-4116.