ENB - REGION 5 NOTICES

        
Completed Applications Consolidated SPDES Renewals
NOTICE OF HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION

Franklin County, St. Lawrence County, Hamilton County - The NYS DEC, as lead agency for the project, has extended the public comment period for the draft UMP/EIS Bog River Management Complex Plan which includes management actions for the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest, Lows Lake Primitive Area, Hitchins Pond Primitive Area and Conifer Easement Lands. A copy of the draft UMP/draft EIS may be obtained from the contact person listed below.

A public meeting will be held for the purpose of receiving public comments on the draft UMP/draft EIS at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 at the Guilderland Town Hall. Comments on the plan will be accepted until November 30, 2001. Proposed actions include construction of recreational trails which may require crossing wetlands, construction of additional campsites and parking lots, and restriction of floatplane use on portions of the unit. Possible adverse impacts from implementation of the UMP may include temporary minor erosion, temporary increased siltation and stream bottom disturbance, increased recreational usage in certain areas, and minor noise impacts during the construction of new facilities within the unit. The project is located in St. Lawrence County, Towns of Colton, Piercefield; Hamilton County, Town of Long Lake and Franklin County, Town of Altamont.

Contact: Stewart Brown, NYS DEC, 6739 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676, phone (315) 265-3090.


Amendment of the Final Freshwater Wetlands Maps

Warren County: Subsequent to the promulgation of the final Freshwater Wetlands Maps for Warren County on November 14, 1984, DEC Region 5 staff found two inaccuracies affecting Maps 28 and 29 of 31. Staff found that a boundary adjustment was needed to GF-19 to reflect the current on-site conditions. Having fully investigated this site, staff sent notice of the proposed amendment to the affected landowners and published notice in local newspapers and in the ENB. No verbal or written comments were received and no public hearing was held. Staff also found that a minor map adjustment was needed to remove the upland symbol (‘U’) from GF-21. Upon review of staff's findings and recommendations relative to this matter, the Commissioner was satisfied that staff's recommendations were consistent with the requirements of the Freshwater Wetlands Act and supported by the record. The Commissioner ordered that a boundary adjustment of GF-19 be made to Maps 28 and 29 of 31 and that a minor map adjustment be made to GF-21 on Map 28 of 31 for Warren County, effective October 26, 2001. Wetland GF-19 will remain a Class II. A copy of the amended final maps will be filed with the office of the clerk of each affected local government and in the Department's Region 5 office.

Contact: Alan Koechlein, NYSDEC, PO Box 220, Hudson St, Warrensburg, NY 12885, phone: (518) 623-1200.


Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

Applicant: Michael C. Gregg, Project Manager
Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
1125 Broadway
Albany, NY 12822
(518) 433-3047

Office: Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050

Contact: George Outcalt Jr.

Application No.: 2001-167

Project Name: Niagara Mohawk, International Paper Co. and Curtis Palmer Hydroelectric Co., LP

Location: Town of Lake Luzerne, Warren County and Village of Corinth, Saratoga County

Comment Period Ends: November 8, 2001

Project Description: The project as proposed involves the construction of a new tap structure, power line and substation to service the International Paper Co. property at the Corinth Paper Mill on the south side of the Hudson River (Palmer Impoundment). A three pole tap structure, 52 ft. high, will be constructed on the north side of the river and a new 56 ft. high substation will be located on the south side of the river. A new, 572 ft. long, 115 kV transmission tap line will extend from the tap structure to the new substation. The proposed facilities will parallel an existing power line and substation that currently service both the Palmer Hydroelectric Plant and the IP Mill. The new facilities are necessary because International Paper Company recently sold its Curtis and Palmer Hydroelectric Facilities to Trans Canada Power Corporation (Curtis/Palmer Hydroelectric Company, L.P.).


Negative Declaration

Clinton County - The Town of AuSable, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed upgrading and operating the AuSable Heights Water District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed upgrades will significantly reduce the impacts from the existing accidental shutdowns, provide a more stable supply of water by the operation of the second well, reduce the potential for contamination of the water in the distribution lines by upgrading the pipe quality, and provide the ability to disinfect the water by chlorination by providing the required supplies and equipment. The project is townwide.

Contact: Sandra Senecal, Town of AuSable, 111 AuSable Street, Keeseville, New York 12944.


Washington County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Thomas Longe, WCC LLC, Topsoil Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves WCC LLC proposing to begin surface mining and processing of topsoil from 52 acres of a 285 acre property. Mining would be conducted in 11 phases the duration of which would be approximately 5 years. The reclamation objective is to create land suitable for a future build-out of industrial uses consistent with the currently designated Industrial Zoning Classification.

Following DEC staff’s inspections of the proposed mine site on 11/14/2000 and its review of the mining permit application, the mined land use plan, the mined land reclamation plan and the full environmental assessment form the relevant areas of environmental concern have been identified. These areas of concern are the normally associated impacts of an unconsolidated material mining operation; specifically, ground water contamination, surface water contamination, dust, noise, traffic and loss of agricultural land. All other impacts were judged to be either non-significant or improbable and, therefore, not relevant to the lead agency’s determination of environmental significance. Based on the information provided and analysis conducted by DEC staff, it is determined that the proposed action will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts. A more extensive project description is included in the notice of complete application which can be found at the following location www.dec.state.ny.us/website/enb2001/20011024/Reg5.html. The project is located on Tow Path Road, Fort Edward.

Contact : George D. Casey, NYS DEC, 232 Hudson St, Box 220, Warrensburg, NY 12885, phone: (518) 623-1281,Fax: (518) 623-3603.