Region 2 SEQR and Other Notices Region 2 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 2 Completed Applications 10/03/2001

Queens County
Applicant: Astoria Generating Company LP
225 Greenfield Parkway
Suite 201
Liverpool, NY 13088-
Facility: Astoria (Orion Power) Generating Station
18-01 20Th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105-
Application ID: 2-6301-00185/00007
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES
Project is Located: Queens, Queens County
Project Description:

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has made a tentative determination to approve this application for a SPDES permit modification. A draft permit has been prepared and is available for review. This modification has been made in response to a June 14, 2001 request for a minor modification at the facility. Also addressed in the modification were requested changes described in a letter dated October 28, 1999. The purpose of the later request is to allow for the discharge of water from a new Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration system from a new sub-outfall (01D) via the facility's existing primary Outfall No. 001. The proposed RO System will replace the existing demineralized water system, which will provide a reliable and efficient supply of demineralized water, reduce demineralized water cost, and reduce the frequency of boiler and equipment cleaning. The increase in discharge will be 0.026% of the existing average discharge from Outfall 001. The earlier request resulted in corrections to the permittee's and facility name and address, and a correction of the DMR Mailing Information. Further, Additional Requirement #1 of the permit was modified to reflect the fact that boiler and metal cleaning wastewater will be transported off-site for treatment rather to the Astoria Waste Treatment Facility. Finally, Outfalls 003 and 004 of the existing permit were deleted since they no longer exist. Other minor modifications were made.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was performed.
SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management: This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Nov 5 2001.
Contact: Orest Lewinter
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167

Applicant: St John'S University
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica, NY 11439-
Facility: St Johns University
81-50 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica, NY 11439-
Application ID: 2-6306-00067/00005
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 19 Air State Facility
Project is Located: Queens, Queens County
Project Description:

The Department has made a tentative determination to approve an application for an existing facility, St. John's University, located at 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica, NY 11439. This is an international university which provides higher education for 18,300 students. The University operates boilers on campus which supply steam and space heating for the buildings and dormitories. All boilers are capable of firing either #2 (distillate) oil or natural gas. The facility-wide emissions for nitrous oxide exceeds the major source pollutant threshold and was issued a Title V permit on 3/20/2000. During August 1996 to October 1997 St. John's University converted eleven boilers from No. 6 fuel oil fired to natural gas #2 fuel oil fired. The facility will limit the maximum annual potential from the eleven boilers creating emission reduction credits (ERC) for each of the three emission units that contain boilers. ERCs that can be used for netting and offsets for the following emission units in accordance with the provisions of Part 231-2 of 6NYCRR have been established: U-00001 6.97 TPY of NOx; U-00002 10.47 TPY of NOx; U-00003 11.03 TPY of NOx. The application, draft permit, relevant supporting materials and regulations 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.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Nov 2 2001.
Contact: Elizabeth A. Clarke
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21St Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
eaclarke@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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