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NOTICE OF TRIAL BURN SCHEDULE FOR NORLITE CORPORATION

Norlite Corporation (Norlite), located at 628 South Saratoga Street (State Route 32) in Cohoes, New York, operates two rotary kilns to manufacture light weight aggregate from shale. In these kilns, Norlite burns hazardous wastes/low grade fuel (LGF) and waste oil for heat. Norlite has Air and Hazardous Waste Management Permits (Part 212 and Part 373 permits) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). As part of the approval of the current permit, Norlite conducted a trial burn for the permitted operating conditions and completed an acceptable multi-pathway human health risk assessment based on this trial burn emissions.

Norlite’s Part 373 permit, which regulates the testing, handling, storage and combustion of hazardous waste LGF in these kilns, is in the process of being renewed. As part of the this renewal process, Norlite is required to perform a trial burn to: 1) demonstrate continued compliance with the performance standards in 6NYCRR Part 373-1.8 for burning hazardous wastes in boilers and industrial furnaces; 2) to enable NYSDEC to determine kiln operating conditions and air emission levels to be specified in the renewed permit to ensure day-to-day compliance of these kilns with these standards; and 3) to obtain emission data for a multi-pathway health risk assessment used to determine the air emissions levels and operating conditions necessary to achieve the federal guideline levels for acceptable potential health risk. This trial burn was performed during April 1999 as per the Department approved trial burn plan. The public notification of the trial burn was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on March 31, 1999 and was also distributed to persons on the facility mailing list as per 6 NYCRR Part 373-1.9(d)(4)(iii). Norlite conducted this test for about 40 operating hours over 5 days. During this April 1999 Trial Burn, the metals and chlorine loadings in the kiln feed were much higher than their current permit allows. Norlite chose these high loadings in order to obtain the flexibility to burn these wastes in the future. The Department staff with assistance from Department of Health staff reviewed the results of this trial burn and the health risk impact assessment of its emissions in a multi-pathway risk assessment report submitted by Norlite. Department staff concluded that although the kilns met the performance standards of 374-1.8 (except for hydrochloric acid emission which was marginally higher than the standard), the potential estimated health risk impacts based on a 30 year exposure resulting from the proposed kiln operating conditions and air emission levels were above levels acceptable to the Department. Therefore, the Department did not renew the permit.

Consequently, the Department required Norlite to conduct a supplemental trial burn test (a.k.a. Supplemental Risk Burn) with lower metal and chlorine loadings that Norlite believed would demonstrate compliance with the hydrochloric acid emission standard of 6 NYCRR Part 374-1.8 and produce acceptable health impacts. The Supplemental Risk Burn was conducted on May 23 & 24, 2000 and Supplemental Risk Burn report and Amended Risk Assessment report was submitted to the Department on August 28, 2000 and October 2, 2000 respectively. The Department staff with assistance from Department of Health staff reviewed these reports. The Department staff concluded that Norlite met the hydrochloric acid emissions standards of 374-1.8, however, health risk impacts based on a 30 year exposure resulting from the proposed kiln operating conditions were still above the potential health risk levels acceptable to the Department.

Subsequently, the Department on June 7, 2001 modified Norlite’s Part 373 Hazardous waste Management Permit with new operating condition to immediately reduce emissions of compounds of concern and to upgrade their combustion and air pollution control system for kiln 1 by 3/31/02 and kiln 2 by 5/31/02 to further reduce the potential health impacts. This permit modification allows Norlite to conduct a supplemental risk burn (SRB II) to determine if they can meet all air emissions requirements to the satisfaction of the Department and thereby obtain explicit Department approval to avoid the air pollution system upgrade. Should Norlite not pass the SRB II then not only will the upgrade requirement remain in force they will also have to cease the burning of hazardous waste/LGF in kiln 1 until the upgrade is completed.

A Supplemental Risk Burn II protocol, including detailed testing procedures to be followed during this burn, was subsequently submitted by Norlite to NYSDEC. This protocol has been reviewed and was approved by the Department on July 6, 2001 in accordance with the requirements of 6NYCRR Part 373-1.9(d)(4)(ii). This notice is pursuant to a provision in this section of the rule which also requires NYSDEC to send a notice to appropriate units of local governments and persons on the facility mailing list announcing the scheduled commencement and completion dates for the trial burn. The following is the pertinent information:

Facility Performing the Trial Burn: Norlite Corporation

Address: 628 South Saratoga Street (State Route 32), Cohoes , NY 12047

Permits/Application Numbers: 6 NYCRR 373 Hazardous Waste Management Permit
EPA I.D. No: NYD080469935
DEC Permit No.: 4-0103-00016/00016-0

Trial Burn Schedule:
Scheduled Trial Burn Commencement Date: July 23, 2001
Scheduled Trial Burn Completion Date: July 27, 2001

DEC Contacts: William Clarke, Regional Permit Administrator, NYSDEC Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306. Telephone: (518) 357-2069, Parag Amin, NYSDEC Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, (518) 402-8609.

Norlite Corporation Contact: William Morris, Environmental Director, Norlite Corporation, 628 South Saratoga Street, Cohoes, NY 12047. Telephone: (518) 235-0401.

Availability of the Supplemental Risk Burn Protocol and Supporting Documents: Copies of the approved supplemental trial burn plan and its supporting documents are available for review and copying at the NYSDEC Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7251 by contacting Mr. Parag Amin at (518) 402-8609.


Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Guilderland Central School District Board of Education, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Farnsworth Middle School additions and alterations will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of a two-story academic wing addition and one-story gymnasium addition onto the existing gymnasium complex. The project is located at 6072 State Farm Road, Guilderland, New York.

Contact: Robert Paquette, Guilderland Central School District, 6076 State Farm Road, Guilderland, New York 12084.


Delaware County - The Board of Trustees, Village of Stamford, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed repairs to the Village’s wastewater collection system will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves work to reduce or eliminate the sources of Infiltration/Inflow (I/I) and improve wastewater treatment plant operation including, but not limited to, manhole replacement, storm sewer installation, repair and replacement of sanitary sewers and renovation of the existing overflow lagoons. The project is located in the Village.

Contact: Joan Marangi, PO Box 68, Stamford NY 12167, phone: (607) 652-6671.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Schenectady County - The Planning Board of the Village of Scotia , as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Stoneridge at Scotia Single-Family Submission 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 construction of a 75-lot realty subdivision on a 106-acre parcel of land. Approximately 63 acres will be dedicated as forever wild. Homes will be served by public sewer and water. The project is located on Glenview Drive North, Village of Scotia.The conditions are:

Contact: - Armon Benny, Village of Scotia Planning Board, 4 North Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, New York 12302, phone: (518) 374-1071.


Positive Declaration

Albany County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition and construction of a new elementary school "PSES A" for the Albany City School District, SED Project No. 01-01-00-01-0-056-001, may have a significant environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the purchase of 0.4 acres of land and 59,000 square feet of new construction. The project is located at 666 Clinton Avenue in the City of Albany.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm. 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234


Albany County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition and construction of a new Middle School for the Albany City School District, SED Project No. 01-01-00-01-0-061-001, may have a significant environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the purchase of 3.37 acres of land and 141,285 square feet of new construction. The project is located at Westland Hills Park in the City of Albany.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm. 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234


Albany County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition and construction of a new elementary school "PSES B" for the Albany City School District, SED Project No. 01-01-00-01-0-057-001, may have a significant environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the purchase of 0.1.62 acres of land and 58,840 square feet of new construction. The project is located at 400 Sheridan Avenue in the City of Albany.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm. 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234


Positive Declaration and Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Albany County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition and construction of a new Elementary School as a replacement to the existing Public School 16 for the Albany City School District, SED Project No. 01-01-00-01-0-060-001 may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until August 7, 2001. The action involves the purchase of 0.935 acres of land adjacent to existing property and 58,840 square feet of new construction. The project is located at 41 North Allen Street in the City of Albany.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm. 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234


Albany County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition and addition/alteration to School 27 in the Albany City School District, SED Project No. 01-01-00-01-0-027-004, may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until August 7, 2001. The action involves the purchase of 0.75 acres of land adjacent to existing property and 42,570 square feet of new additions. The project is located at 1022 Western Avenue in the City of Albany.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234


Albany County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition and construction of a new Elementary School as a replacement to the existing Public School 18 for the Albany City School District, SED Project No. 01-01-00-01-0-059-001, may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until August 7, 2001. The action involves the purchase of 0.057 acres of land adjacent to existing property and 58,840 square feet of new construction. The project is located at 43 Bertha Street in the City of Albany.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm. 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234


Albany County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed additions and alterations to the Albany High School in the Albany City School District, SED Project No. 01-01-00-01-0-048-009, may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until August 7, 2001. The action involves 171,119 square feet of new additions. The project is located at 700 Washington Avenue in the City of Albany.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm. 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234