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Notice of Issuance of the Draft State Energy Plan, Notice of Acceptance of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Publilc Comment Hearings

The purpose of this notice is to announce the completion and issuance of an integrated Draft State Energy Plan (Draft Plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), to solicit written comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS and oral comments at a series of public meetings to be held across the State, and to inform the public of the procedure for requesting evidentiary hearings in the event that there is any dispute as to material facts contained in the Draft Plan.

Issuance of the Draft Plan

The Energy Planning Board has issued a Draft Plan which contains, among other things, the forecasts and assessments required by Article 6 of the Energy Law and addresses the issues identified by the Board in a Public Notice published in the State Register on April 18, 2001. The Draft Plan is intended to provide strategic direction and guidance and to coordinate state government’s energy-related activities over the next several years.

Completion of the DEIS

The Energy Planning Board, as lead agency, has completed a DEIS pursuant to Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law relating to the preparation and issuance of the Draft Plan. This is an unlisted, statewide action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The analysis constituting the DEIS is integrated with the Draft Plan and the Plan includes a separate section which outlines compliance with SEQRA.

Public Comment Hearings on the Draft Plan and the DEIS

The Energy Planning Board hereby gives notice that public comment hearings will be held for the purpose of receiving oral comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS at the following locations and times:

Buffalo - January 23, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, New York 14202.

Rochester - January 24, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00pm at the Four Points Sheraton Rochester Riverside Hotel, 120 Main Street, Rochester, New York 14604.

Syracuse - January 29, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in Grewen Hall at LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Spring Road, Syracuse, New York 13214.

Binghamton - January 30, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Best Western Binghamton Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 225 Water Street, 1 Sarbro Square, Binghamton, New York 13901.

Mineola - February 5, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Long Island Marriot, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, New York 11553.

Manhattan - February 26, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the W Hotel at Times Square, 1567 Broadway at 47th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Brooklyn - February 27, 2002, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238.

Albany - March 5, 2002, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Public Assembly Room, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233.

Persons who wish to speak should register in advance by contacting Paul DeCotis at the address set forth below.

In addition to these hearings, staffs of the Energy Planning Board agencies will be giving a technical briefing on the draft plan in Albany on January 15, 2002 at 10:00 am, at the Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 7.

Submission of Written Comments

The public is also invited to submit written comments on the Draft Plan and the DEIS. Written comments should be submitted to Paul DeCotis at the address set forth below and must be received no later than 5:00 pm on March 15, 2002.

Requests for Evidentiary Hearings

Any interested person may request evidentiary hearings on the issues identified in paragraph 6-104(2)(a) of the Energy Law or on the factual basis for any other issue identified in subdivision 6-104(2). Any such request must comply with the requirements of 9 NYCRR 7848.4(a). The original and five copies of any such request must be served on the Board no later than March 5, 2002. The Board may be served by delivery to Roger D. Avent, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Corporate Plaza West, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, New York 12203-6399. Copies of any such requests must be served on all persons included on the Board’s service list at the same time as the request is served on the Board. A copy of the Board’s service list can be obtained from Roger Avent by writing to him at the same address or by calling (518) 862-1090, extension 3333. In the event timely requests for evidentiary hearings are received, the Board will issue a ruling as to whether such hearings are warranted and will specify the issues to be addressed.

Further information about the Draft Plan, the DEIS, and the public comment hearings may be obtained from Paul DeCotis at:

New York State Energy Planning Board, c/o New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Corporate Plaza West, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, New York 12203-6399, phone: (518) 862-1090, extension 3321.

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The Delaware County Planning Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Delaware County Correctional & Public Safety Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the site, design and construction of a county correctional and public safety facility. The project is located on Phoebe Lane, Delhi.

Contact: Wayne Reynolds, PO Box 311, Delhi, NY 13753, phone: (607) 746-2128, fax: (607) 746-7212.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Albany County - The Town of Bethlehem Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final EIS on the proposed Nigro Commercial Development – Rt. 9W, Bethlehem Town Center. The action involves an application for Building Project Approval in an existing Planned Commercial District. The proposal is to construct a 363,849 sq. ft. shopping center with accessory parking for 1,797 vehicles. The center would consist of five free-standing structures housing a discount superstore, home improvement center, restaurant, fast food restaurant and bank. Project acreage equals 75.78 acres, of which 33.15 +/- acres will be developed for buildings, parking and site circulation, 17.2 acres will be devoted to landscaping and wetland mitigation area, 25.0 acres will remain as undisturbed greenspace, and 0.43 acres will be conveyed for public right-of-way. Access would come from two driveways along U.S. Route 9W and an additional driveway along Bender Lane (a local street). The project is located on the west side of U.S. Route 9W between Bender Lane and NYS Route 32, Town of Bethlehem.

Contact: Jeffrey Lipnicky, AICP, Town Planner, Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054, phone: (518) 429-4955 ext 159, fax: (518) 439-1699.

Rensselaer County - The City of Troy Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final EIS on the proposed Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building and Related South Campus Improvements. The action involves the construction of a Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building, a Performing Arts Center, a 500 ± car parking garage, replacement chiller, new boiler plant, and a new electrical substation on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The area is bounded by 15th Street, College Avenue, 8th Street, Troy.

Contact: Mr. V. Zubkovs, City Planner, Troy City Hall, 1 Monument Square, Troy, New York, phone: (518) 270-4023.