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NYS Environmental Protection Fund - Hudson River Estuary Program

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announces the availability of grant monies under the Hudson River Estuary Program of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

Eligibility: municipalities (local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, school district, supervisory district, district corporation, improvement district within a county, city, town or village, or Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof; not-for-profit corporations).

Eligible Applicants must be located within the Hudson River Estuarine District.

Funding: For 2001, $1,125,000.00 is available for grants under the following funding categories: community interpretive centers and education projects; habitat protection and/or restoration; local scenic resources; community conservation and river stewardship; river access projects - boating, fishing, swimming, nature observation.

Deadline: Competitive applications are required and will be accepted through COB August 31, 2001.

For More Information: Applications and information may be obtained by contacting John Albert, Grants Administrator, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12233-1080, (518) 457- 6558.


NOTICE OF FINAL DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIES
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESS AIR PROGRAM
DRY CLEANER PROGRAM

I. BACKGROUND, SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation ("EFC") proposes to provide funding to the owners of certain eligible dry cleaning facilities to defray costs associated with new environmental protection requirements. This funding will be made pursuant to the newly created Dry Cleaner Program within the existing Financial Assistance to Business ("FAB") program that was created by the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996, and implementing regulations (21 NYCRR Part 2606).

The FAB Dry Cleaner Program is intended to help owners of dry cleaning facilities comply with new state regulations (6NYCRR Part 232) which will result in reduced perchloroethylene ("PERC") emissions. Under the FAB Dry Cleaner Program, EFC will provide financial assistance for the acquisition of certain new or upgraded eligible dry cleaning equipment which complies with Part 232. (Requests for state assistance for cleaning equipment utilizing alternative technologies will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

The FAB Dry Cleaner Program only applies to: (1) dry cleaning facilities in existence prior to May 15, 1997; (2) which are located within New York State, but outside of New York City (i.e., Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties); and (3) which are "small businesses."

A "small business" is any business which is independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field, and employs not more than one hundred people.

II. PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE

As required by the proposed Part 2606, this notice describes eligibility requirements for the FAB Dry Cleaner Program, the amount of funding available, the time period during which the EFC will accept applications for funding, and certain other eligibility criteria.

III. DEFINITIONS

Unless defined herein, terms used in this notice shall have the meanings set forth in Section 56-0101 of the Environmental Conservation Law, or 21 NYCRR Part 2606. Terms used in this notice have the following meanings:

(1) Eligible dry cleaning equipment means new (i.e., never before purchased or leased) perchloroethylene dry cleaning equipment that has been certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation pursuant to 6NYCRR Part 232, or, if DEC has not yet certified the equipment, the vendor or manufacturer has given written assurance that the equipment will comply with 6NYCRR Part 232. (Requests for state assistance for cleaning equipment utilizing alternative technologies will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

(2) Dry cleaning project means the acquisition (i.e., purchase or lease) and installation of eligible dry cleaning equipment for a single dry cleaning system at a dry cleaning facility in existence prior to May 15, 1997.

(3) Dry cleaning facility means a facility with one or more dry cleaning systems.

(4) Dry cleaning system means all equipment, devices, or apparatus associated with PERC dry cleaning operations including, without limitation, dry cleaning equipment; filter or purification systems; waste holding, treatment, or disposal systems; PERC supply systems; dip tanks; pumps; gaskets; piping, ducting, fittings, valves, or flanges that convey PERC-contaminated air; and dry cleaning control systems.

(5) Fourth generation equipment means a primary closed-loop refrigerated dry cleaning machine that has a "secondary control system" (e.g., closed-loop refrigerated condenser with a drying sensor and an integral carbon adsorber).

(6) Mixed Use Facility means a dry cleaning facility sharing a common wall, floor or ceiling with a residence or business.

(7) PERC means a colorless volatile chlorinated hydrocarbon. PERC is also known as perchloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloroethene, and PCE. The chemical formula for PERC is C12C=CC12. The CAS registry number for PERC is 00127-18-4.

(8) Third generation equipment means a closed-loop dry cleaning machine equipped with a refrigerated condenser or other equivalent primary control system.

IV. DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Under the FAB Dry Cleaner Program, the owner of a dry cleaning facility in existence prior to May 15, 1997 will be eligible for state assistance for the purchase or lease of eligible dry cleaning equipment which (i) is new fourth generation equipment, or (ii) will upgrade third generation equipment to fourth generation equipment.

V. DETERMINATION OF USEFUL LIFE

Useful life means the number of years the eligible dry cleaning equipment is expected to remain in service. For the purpose of the FAB Dry Cleaner Program, the useful life such eligible dry cleaning equipment has been deemed by EFC to be 7 (seven) years.

VI. AMOUNT OF FUNDING

EFC will make state assistance payments in the following amounts for the purchase or lease of the following eligible dry cleaning equipment:

(1) Five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the purchase or long-term lease of new fourth generation equipment with a capacity of 55 lbs or larger;

(2) Four thousand dollars ($4,000) for the purchase or long-term lease of new fourth generation equipment with a capacity of less than 55 lbs; and

(3) One thousand dollars ($1,000) for the purchase of equipment which will upgrade third generation equipment to fourth generation equipment.

(4) An additional five hundred dollars ($500) for an owner who undertakes (1), (2) or (3) above and is located in a mixed use facility.

VII. APPLICATION SCHEDULE

EFC will accept requests for state assistance under the FAB Dry Cleaner Program through December 31, 2001.

VIII. FUNDING SCHEDULE

To the extent monies are available, EFC will provide state assistance for the purchase or lease of eligible dry cleaning equipment in the categories listed in Section IV of this notice on a first-come, first-served basis.

IX. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

(1) Project Limitations.

Owners of multiple dry cleaning projects may submit requests for state assistance for up to five dry cleaning projects.

(2) Program Duration.

Subject to the availability of funds and the other eligibility criteria set forth in this notice, the owner of a dry cleaning facility will be eligible for state assistance if the owner has purchased or leased eligible dry cleaning equipment after August 1, 1996, and before December 31, 2001.

(3) Application Deadline

Requests for state assistance under the FAB Dry Cleaner Program will be accepted until December 31, 2001. The required "Request for State Assistance" form may be obtained by contacting EFC at the address specified under Section X of this notice, or by visiting EFC’s website at www.nysefc.org.

(4) Application Procedure

The procedures for administering the FAB Dry Cleaner Program, including the submission, review and approval of requests for state assistance, will be governed by 21NYCRR Part 2606.

(5)Compliance Reporting

As part of its request for state assistance, the owner of a dry cleaning facility must submit to EFC a copy of the most recent Part 232 Dry Cleaning Compliance Inspection Report covering the dry cleaning facility, if any, and any subsequent compliance inspection reports.

(6) Proof of Eligible Dry Cleaning Equipment

If the eligible dry cleaning equipment has not yet been certified by DEC, the owner of the dry cleaning facility must submit to EFC a copy of the manufacturer's or vendor's written assurance that such equipment will comply with 6NYCRR Part 232. The manufacturer's or vendor's written assurance will be required for a request for state assistance to be complete.

(7) Proof of Insurance

As part of its request for state assistance, the owner of a dry cleaning facility who has purchased or leased a new fourth generation machine must submit a certificate evidencing that EFC is named as a loss payee on the owner's property damage liability insurance policy.

X. INFORMATION AVAILABILITY

Any person seeking additional information or application material regarding this program should contact EFC at:

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Financial Assistance to Business Program
Attention: Laurie A. Allen, Program Manager
50 Wolf Road
Albany, New York 12205-2603
Telephone (800) 200-2200
Fax (518) 457-0742

NOTICE OF FINAL DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIES
OTHER AIR PROGRAM
HEAVY DUTY INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

I. BACKGROUND, SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) will provide $1.15 million to establish a program to provide funding to owners of public heavy duty inspection and maintenance stations, other service stations that provide emissions tests to the public, and municipalities that purchase new emissions testing equipment capable of testing emissions from diesel engines. The purchase and use of this new equipment, in conjunction with New York State’s Heavy Duty Inspection and Maintenance Program (HDI&M), will reduce pollution from diesel vehicles and improve air quality and public health. Funding will be made pursuant to the HDI&M Program within the Other Air Program that was created by the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996.

The Other Air HDI&M Program is intended to partially reimburse owners of Eligible Businesses and municipalities that purchase new Eligible Smokemeters, that have been certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), as complying with new state regulations (6 NYCRR Part 217-5). Under the Other Air HDI&M Program, EFC will provide financial assistance to Eligible Businesses located within the New York City Metropolitan Area (NYCMA) of $1,000 and to municipalities and Upstate Eligible Businesses of $2,000. The reasoning for the different levels of funding is based upon distinctions found in state law. Specifically, all heavy duty vehicles with diesel engines located in the NYCMA are or will be required to pass an emissions test prior to being registered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) and all NYSDMV licensed public heavy duty safety inspection stations in the NYCMA will be required to purchase certified smokemeters in order to retain their inspection business licenses. Thus, these downstate businesses will have a substantial customer base from which they can recoup a larger percentage of their investment. In contrast, municipalities and upstate businesses that purchase eligible smokemeters are not required to purchase these machines as a condition of receiving a license from NYSDMV.

The Other Air HDI&M Program applies to: (1) service stations which are located within NYCMA (i.e., Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties); (2) service stations located outside of the New York City Metropolitan Area; and, (3) municipalities. Funding from this program will not be available to private fleet operators who do not offer emission tests to members of the general public.

II. PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE

This notice describes eligibility requirements for the Other Air HDI&M Program, the amount of funding available, the time period during which EFC will accept applications for funding, and certain other eligibility criteria.

III. DEFINITIONS

Unless defined herein, terms used in this notice shall have the meanings set forth in Section 56-0101 of the Environmental Conservation Law or 6 NYCRR Part 217-5. Terms used in this notice have the following meanings:

“Downstate Eligible Business” means a business located in the counties of Nassau, New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk or Westchester that is registered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles as either a light duty public emissions inspection station or a heavy duty public emissions inspection station.

“Eligible Business” means a Downstate Eligible Business or an Upstate Eligible Business.

“Eligible Smokemeter” means smoke measurement equipment designed and manufactured in accordance with specifications set forth in 6 NYCRR Part 217-5.6. Only a smokemeter certified by NYSDEC and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating procedures shall be considered an eligible smokemeter for purposes of this notice.

“Heavy duty vehicle” means a vehicle that has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating exceeding 8,500 pounds and is designed primarily for transporting persons or properties.

“Municipality” means any county, city, town, village or school district.

“New York City Metropolitan Area (NYCMA)” means the Counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester.

“Upstate Eligible Business” means a business not located in the New York City Metropolitan Area, that is registered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles as either a light duty public safety inspection station or a heavy duty public safety inspection station.

“Useful life” means the number of years the Eligible Smokemeter is expected to remain in service.

IV. DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 217-5, NYSDEC has compiled and maintains a list of all Eligible Smokemeters certified as being designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of this regulation. Any owner of a Downstate Eligible Business, Upstate Eligible Business or municipality that purchases a certified Eligible Smokemeter or meters may apply for funding under this program.

V. DETERMINATION OF USEFUL LIFE

For the purpose of the Other Air HDI&M Program, the useful life of such Eligible Smokemeters has been deemed by EFC to be seven (7) years.

VI. AMOUNT OF FUNDING

EFC will make state assistance payments in the following amounts for the purchase of the Eligible Smokemeter:

For Downstate Eligible Businesses: $1,000 for each Eligible Smokemeter purchased.

For Municipalities and Upstate Eligible Businesses: $2,000 for each Eligible Smokemeter purchased.

No applicant will be eligible for more than five (5) state assistance payments.

VII. APPLICATION SCHEDULE

EFC will accept requests for state assistance under the Other Air HDI&M Program through December 31, 2001.

VIII. FUNDING SCHEDULE

Until the $1.15 million budget for the program is depleted, EFC will provide state assistance for the purchase of Eligible Smokemeters listed in this notice on a first-come, first-served basis.

IX. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

(1) Project Limitations

Eligible Businesses and municipalities purchasing multiple Eligible Smokemeters may submit requests for state assistance for up to five (5) such smokemeters regardless of location.

(2) Program Duration

Subject to the availability of funds and the other eligibility criteria set forth in this notice, the owner of an Eligible Business or municipality will be eligible for state assistance if the owner has purchased an Eligible Smokemeter after August 1, 1996, and before December 31, 2001.

(3) Application Deadline

Requests for state assistance under the Other Air HDI&M will be accepted until December 31, 2001. The required application form may be obtained by contacting EFC at the address specified under Section X of this notice, or by visiting EFC’s website at www.nysefc.org.

(4) Application Procedure

The procedures for administering the Other Air HDI&M Program, including the submission, review and approval of requests for state assistance, will be guided by 21 NYCRR Part 2606.

(5) Proof of Insurance

As part of its request for state assistance, the owner of an Eligible Smokemeter that is not a municipality may be required to submit a certificate evidencing that EFC is named as a loss payee on the owner's property damage liability insurance policy.

X. INFORMATION AVAILABILITY

Any person seeking additional information or application material regarding this program should contact EFC at:

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Financial Assistance to Business Program
Attention: Laurie A. Allen, Program Manager
50 Wolf Road
Albany, New York 12205-2603
Telephone (800) 200-2200
Fax (518) 457-0742

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. 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 financing.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have prepared the final 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).

A notice regarding the draft Second Quarter Update was published in the May 2, 2001 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). Comments were accepted until close of business, Friday, May 18, 2001. No public comments were received that necessitated revision of the Update. Therefore, the Second Quarter Update to the 2001 CWSRF IUP is final.

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. David Morseman at EFC’s toll-free information line (800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or (518) 457-3833. Written requests for CWSRF program information should be addressed to Mr. Morseman at Division of Program Management, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 50 Wolf Road, Room 502, Albany, New York 12205-2603.

Effective July 2, 2001, EFC’s new address will be as follows:
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207-2997
(800)882-9721 (within NYS only)
(518) 402-7433
FAX: (518) 402-7456

The final Second Quarter Update and other information on the Clean Water SRF program can be viewed on the World Wide Web at www.nysefc.org.