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Notice of Use of Emission Reduction Credits

Applicant: Astoria Energy LLC, 17-10 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY

Application No: DEC # 2-6301-00647/00001; PSC Article X Case # 99-F-1191

Project Description

Astoria Energy LLC, proposes to construct and operate a combined-cycle electric generating facility that will produce 1,000 megawatts (MW). The facility will use natural gas as its primary source of fuel with low sulfur distillate fuel oil serving as a backup for up to 720 hours annually. The facility will consist of two independent two-on-one combined cycle power blocks. Each power block will contain two General Electric Frame 7F series combustion turbines (CT), two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. The facility will utilize air-cooled condensers to condense the steam turbine exhaust; there will no water intake from the East River. When firing natural gas the facility will control nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by using dry low-NOx combustors and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. When firing low distillate fuel oil, the facility will control NOx emissions by injecting water into the CT and using the SCR system. The facility stack will be 269 feet high. A CO catalyst will be installed to control the emissions of CO and VOCs.

Use of Emission Reduction Credits

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing notice that Astoria Energy intends to use Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) in accordance with 6NYCRR Subpart 231-2 to offset emissions from its proposed Astoria electric generating 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 323 tons per year and the PTE for VOC is 108 tpy. Therefore, the emissions offsets required for NOx are 419.9 tpy and the offsets required for VOCs are140.4 tpy. In addition, the facility is located in a moderate non-attainment area for CO and has obtained offsets at a 1 to 1 ratio.

The Emission Reduction Credits to be used have been or will be supplied from the following sources:

The "Use of Emission Reduction Credits" form for VOCs and the contracts with Con Edison, which are to be translated into "Use of Emission Reduction Credits" for NOx and CO , and the application and supporting documentation for this project are available for review during normal business hours at the DEC office provided in this notice. 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.

Application Review

All application materials, as well as previously noticed draft SPDES and Subpart 201-5 permits, and fact sheets are available for review at the following locations between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday:

Ongoing Article X and Departmental Proceedings

This notice is related to an ongoing Public Service Article X proceedings (PSC Case# 99-F-1191) and DEC application proceedings (DEC# 2-6301-00647/00001). The DEC Notice of Complete Application for this project was published in the February 28, 2001 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin.

Written Comments

All written comments must be filed with John Ferguson, Project Manager, at the DEC Division of Environmental Permits, 50 Wolf Road, Room 538, Albany, New York 12233-1750 [New address and telephone number beginning May 21: 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-1750; 518/402-9177], and postmarked no later than June 18, 2001.

Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - New York City Fire Department and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, as lead agencies, have determined that the proposed Fort Totten acquisition and reuse will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves acquisition of approximately 90 acres of the former military base, a site selection for the establishment of a 30.9 acre Fire Department training academy campus, mapping of approximately 49.5 acres of parkland and 8.4 acres of streets and utility easements, and disposition of one building to the Economic Development Corporation. An estimated 51 non-historic structures will be demolished and 4 new buildings constructed to convert the former military base to parkland and a FDNY training facility. The project is located approximately on a 147-acre peninsula adjacent to the Northeast Queens community of Bayside. It is bounded by Little Bay, Little Neck Bay, the East River and the Cross Island Parkway.

Contact: Douglas Rice, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, New York 10038.


New York City County - The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority ("TBTA"), as lead agency, has determined that certain rehabilitation, reconfiguration, and construction work proposed pursuant to TBTA Contracts TB-64B and TB-65 at and in the vicinity of the Triborough Bridge, and associated property acquisitions and dispositions, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed work would involve structural replacements; relocation and construction of five access ramps on Randall’s and Ward’s Islands (including removal of two existing access ramps); reconfiguration of the Manhattan and Bronx toll plazas to improve operations and safety; and construction of a connecting road on Ward’s Island.

Contact: Robert M. O’Brien, Vice President and General Counsel, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, 2 Broadway, NY, NY 10004, Phone: (646) 252-7617, Fax: (646) 252-7605, E-mail: robrien@mtabt.org


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The Board of Standards and Appeals of New York City, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed BSA variance 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 permit, in an M1-1 zoning district, the proposed construction of five four-story, three-family residential dwellings. The project is located at 99/103 & 135/137 Taaffe Place, Block 1897, Lot 21, Brooklyn.

The condition is:

The applicant shall submit an archaeological documentary study for the above-referenced project sites to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for its evaluation and approval. The applicant shall not commence any site grading, excavation, or building construction on the project site until the LPC approves of this study and determines that there are no archaeological concerns.

Contact: Rory Levy, Board of Standards & Appeals, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006-1705, phone: (212) 676-2818.


Positive Declaration with Public Scoping Session

New York City County - The New York State Public Service Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Case 01-E-0377 - Joint Proceeding of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and FSM East River Associates LLC for Authority Under Section 70 of The Public Service Law to Transfer Certain Real Property Located at 616 First Avenue, a Portion of 685 First Avenue, 700 First Avenue and 708 First Avenue and for Related Relief may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A Public Scoping Session will be held on May 23, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Geraldine Schottenstein Cultural Center, 237-239 East 34th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York, New York. The action involves Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) entering into an agreement with FSM East River Associates LLC (FSM) for the sale of four properties located on First Avenue in Manhattan (the Properties). Although FSM has not yet prepared a site plan, it has announced that it plans to build high rise commercial/residential buildings on the properties.

On March 19, 2001, Con Edison filed a petition for authority, under Public Service Law (PSL) § 70, to sell the properties to FSM. On April 12, 2001, Con Edison and FSM filed an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) and a draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared in conjunction with the PSL § 70 review. On April 16, 2001, as required by the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), Department of Public Service Staff (Staff) sent a letter to potentially involved or interested State and City agencies which declared that, absent objection, the Commission would be the lead agency for coordinated review of the environmental impacts associated with the Commission's consideration of the transfer. No agency has objected to the designation of the Commission as lead agency. The Commission, therefore, declares that it is the lead agency for the review of the sale of the properties.

The Commission’s review of the EAF and draft Scope of Work submitted by the petitioners reveals that the redevelopment of the properties, which could be expected to result from the sale, has the potential for significant adverse environmental impacts in, at a minimum, the following areas:

The properties are located on the east side of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City at 616 First Avenue, 685 First Avenue, 700 First Avenue and 708 First Avenue.

Contact: Peter Seidman, NYS Department of Public Service, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223, phone (518) 486-2888.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearings

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), as lead agency, has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adult Mosquito Control Programs. The Adult Mosquito Control Programs include a Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Program focusing on control of adult mosquitoes for disease control city-wide, and a Mosquito Population Control Program in the Rockaways focusing on control of adult mosquito populations in the Rockaways section of Queens. Components of these programs may be partially reimbursed by the New York State Department of Health pursuant to State Law. The DEIS is available for review at 125 Worth Street, Room 618, New York, NY 10013. The DEIS will also be available on the NYCDOH website at: www.nyc.gov/health. Public hearings to elicit comments on the DEIS will be held on May 29, 30, and 31, 2001. Comments are requested on the DEIS and will be accepted either at the public hearings or in writing by the contact person until 5 pm, June 11, 2001. All comments received by that time will be given due consideration. This notice has been prepared in accordance with Article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL).

Draft EIS Public Comment Period ends: June 11, 2001

Draft EIS Public Hearings:

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Queens
Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Blvd, Room 213
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
For directions call: 718-286-2900

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Manhattan
City Hall
NYC Public Hearing Chamber
New York, NY 10007
For directions call: 212-788-7100

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Bronx
Bronx County Building
851 Grand Concourse (161st Street)
Veteran's Memorial Hall- Rotunda
Bronx, NY 10451
For directions call: 718-590-3500

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Staten Island
Staten Island Borough Hall
Conference Room 122
Staten Island, NY 10301
For directions call: 718-816-2200

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2001
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Brooklyn
9 Metro Tech Center
1st Floor Auditorium
Brooklyn, NY 11201
For directions call: 718-488-8200

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2001
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Queens
Far Rockaway High School
821 Bay 25th Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
For directions call: 718-327-6000

Contact: Nancy Jeffrey, New York City Department of Health, 125 Worth Street, Room 618, New York, New York 10013, phone: (212) 788-4290.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Richmond County - The NYC Department of Design and Construction, as lead agency, accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Bloomingdale Park Eastern Recreational Facilities Program. The proposed project would develop a section of Bloomingdale Park in Staten Island by constructing 1 full baseball field, 1 full softball field, 2 little league baseball fields, 1 small soccer field, 1 intermediate soccer field, 4 half-court basketball courts, 1 boccie court, 2 tennis courts, 1 playground, 2 comfort stations, and other related amenities and infrastructure. This construction would require clearing approximately 11.8 acres of woodlands and other vegetative communities from the park and approximately 2.5 acres of disturbance in the mapped, currently unbuilt street bed of Maguire Avenue. The proposed project would improve the eastern 38-acre section of Bloomingdale Park, a 138-acre mapped city park located at 225 Maguire Avenue, Block 6950, Lot 41, Staten Island Community Board 3, New York City.

Contact: Alexandra Ramos, Department of Design and Construction, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 391-1420, Fax: (718) 391-1480.