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Public Notice

Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) announces the completion of the report: Recommendations for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Program. The report was submitted to NYS DEC Commissioner Erin M. Crotty by the Environmental Justice Advisory Group (Advisory Group), an independent committee appointed by the NYS DEC to provide recommendations on matters related to environmental justice.

The recommendations in the report focus on the environmental permit process and are intended to ensure NYS DEC's programs are open and responsive to environmental justice concerns. There are additional recommendations unrelated to permitting included in the report.

Copies of the report may be obtained from the NYS DEC Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1500; phone: 518-402-8556 or toll free within NYS 1-866-229-0497, fax: 518-402-9018, e-mail: ej@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Copies may also be obtained from the NYS DEC website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ej/index.html

The NYS DEC will receive comments on the report until February 22, 2002. The report and the public comment(s) generated by the report will form the basis for NYS DEC policy on environmental justice. Comments may be submitted in writing to NYS DEC, Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1500; or fax: 518-402-9018; or e-mail: ej@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The NYS DEC intends to hold informal public meetings near the conclusion of the comment period. Public comment may be submitted during these informal public meetings. Meeting logistics will be available on the NYS DEC website and in the Environmental Notice Bulletin in the near future.


Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control
First Quarter Update of the FFY 2002 Intended Use Plan (IUP)

The 2002 IUP for the CWSRF was issued in September 2001. 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 First Quarter Update of the 2002 CWSRF Intended Use Plan. The First Quarter Update will provide interested parties with new and updated information regarding projects listed in the 2002 IUP Annual and Multi-Year Project Priority Lists (PPL).

Information updated in the priority lists includes: new projects added, projects that will be ready for financing during Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2002, projects requiring additional funds, revised project scores, and miscellaneous changes. Notations have been added to the lists to facilitate identification of new projects and project changes. Projects added to the Annual PPL are those expected to qualify for and receive long-term financing prior to September 30, 2002.

The Multi-Year PPL is an inventory of all projects for which municipalities have expressed interest in CWSRF financing. New projects are added to the Multi-Year PPL as they are identified by municipalities. This facilitates applications for short-term financing as a municipality could immediately qualify for a short-term loan, provided the project meets environmental significance criteria, has a project score above any long-term funding line in its project category, the municipality has an approved technical planning report, and has completed the environmental review process for CWSRF projects. There is no priority list for short-term loans, which are processed on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of a complete application up to the amount allocated for short-term loans in the IUP.

Comments on the First Quarter Update will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business, Friday, January 18, 2002. A final First Quarter Update will be published only if changes are made as a result of public comment. Comments can be addressed by fax at (518) 402-7456 or by mail to Mr. David Morseman, Program Services Representative III, Program Management Division, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207-2997.

If you would like a copy of the First Quarter Update, or additional information on the CWSRF program and how to list a project on the IUP, please contact Mr. Morseman at EFCís toll-free information line (800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or (518) 402-7433. Written requests for CWSRF program information should be addressed to Mr. Morseman at the above address. Information on the CWSRF and other EFC programs can be viewed on EFCís web site at www.nysefc.org.


Notice for the Ninth Annual NYS Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention

Applications are now available for the New York State Ninth Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention. The awards program was established to recognize pollution prevention efforts by NYS organizations. Applicants can compete in one of the three following categories: 1) facilities generating waste and pollution: small (100 or fewer employees), mid-size (more than 100 and fewer than 500 employees), or large (more than 500 employees) industrial, commercial or institutional facilities; federal, state and local governments; and educational institutions, 2) technical assistance providers: environmental, community and civic organizations; trade associations or other business/industry groups; federal, state and local governments, and educational institutions; and other public or private entities, and 3) continuous improvement: this category is for organizations that demonstrate a longer term commitment to pollution prevention and continue to develop and implement pollution prevention programs and achieve results. Nominations for awards will be made to Governor Pataki by the Department of Environmental Conservation based on recommendations from a selection committee.

Criteria to be considered for the applicants include: waste volume/toxicity reduction, overall environmental benefits, overall economic benefits, improvement in worker safety, innovations in technology, process or education program, level of management commitment, and transferability.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Presentation of the awards will be during the Fourteenth Annual Pollution Prevention Conference to be held in May 29-31, 2002 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany. The winners will be notified a week prior to the presentation of the awards. The deadline indicated in the brochure to apply for the awards is March 29, 2002. The application package is available through the DECís website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2gov.html.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards should contact Mr. Carlos Montes at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-8010, telephone (518) 402-9476, Fax (518) 402-9470, email clmontes@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Municipalities and Owners/Operators of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems

New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) propose to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 28, 2001, to adjust the estimated project cost for two DWSRF projects listed in the Project Readiness List. A project description and explanation of the reason for the cost increases are included in the table below:

Borrower County Project Description DWSRF # Current IUP Cost Proposed IUP Cost Explanation
(T) Ballston Saratoga Extend Distribution System, System Consolidation 16835 $846,779 $884,604 The actual bids for the project were higher than the original estimate.
(C) & (T) Poughkeepsie Dutchess Phase 2 of Project 15654, Upgrade Water Treatment Plant 16700 $4,914,370 $13,130,269 This project originally consisted of three phases, Phase 1 was funded under project number 15654. Phase 3 (project 17070) is now being incorporated into phase 2 (project 16700) with an accelerated construction schedule for funding in the current IUP.

The Department has determined that the project cost increases are necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept. In addition, the scope of the projects has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. These project cost increases will not adversely affect any other project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted change, there is no other change to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings.

Written statements or comments on the above DWSRF project cost increases will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on January 17, 2002 and should be filed with:

Mr. Michael E. Burke, P.E., Director, Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection, Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400, Troy, New York 12180-2216, fax: (518) 402-7659.

The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOHís toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.


Notice of Final Guidance for Transfer of Permits and Pending Applications, DEP 01-1

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Division of Environmental Permits, has finalized a Program Policy Memorandum (PPM) providing guidance on administering applications for transfer of permits and pending applications from an existing permittee or applicant to a new legally responsible party. Revised application forms are also provided. The guidance is in accordance with Uniform Procedures Act regulations, 6NYCRR Part 621.13, Applications for Permit Renewal or Modifications (Including Transfers).

Copies of this PPM may be obtained by contacting the person indicated below. The PPM is also available on the departmentís website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dcs/policy/index.html.

Contact: Stuart M. Fox, Environmental Analyst 2, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, phone (518) 402-9157, fax: (518) 402-9168, e-mail smfox@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Proposed Guidance for Suspending Application Review and Time Frames

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Division of Environmental Permits, has proposed a Program Policy Memorandum (PPM) providing guidance on suspending application review and time frames in accordance with Uniform Procedures Act regulations, 6NYCRR Part 621. The guidance addresses the following circumstances under which review time periods can be suspended:

Written comments on this proposed PPM should be sent to the contact person on or before February 4, 2002. All written comments will be considered and a responsiveness summary will be available when the PPM is finalized.

Copies of this proposed PPM may be obtained by contacting the person indicated below. The PPM is also available on the departmentís website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dcs/policy/index.html

Contact: Stuart M. Fox, Environmental Analyst 2, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, phone (518) 402-9157, fax: (518) 402-9168, e-mail smfox@gw.dec.state.ny.us