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Voluntary Cleanup Agreement Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Volunteer: National RE/sources Nine Mall LLC
3530 Post Road
Southport, CT 06490

Project Location: The property is located on South Road (Route 9) in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The site occupies approximately 11 acres and lies to the east of South Road (Route 9) approximately 1300 feet south of the intersection of Vassar Road with South Road (Route 9). The owner has entered into the NYSDEC Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) for remediation of hazardous waste existing on the site. The NYSDEC VCP site number is V00197-3.

Project Description: The Remedial Action Workplan for the Nine Mall Plaza site includes the method in which the site will be remediated, and the rationale for the remedial method chosen. Previous investigations included the installation of monitoring wells and soil borings to determine the depth and width of PCE and other volatile organic compound (VOC) contamination. Concentrations of PCE as high as 2300 micrograms per liter (ug/l) were found on site during initial investigations. The most recent sample analysis indicates that the highest concentration of PCE on site, after the pilot study, is 570 ug/l. The investigations to date also concluded that VOCís, including tetrachloroethene (PCE), had contaminated groundwater on site with no indication that the contamination had "migrated" off the site. National RE/sources Nine Mall, LLC, hired an environmental consulting firm to study the extent of the contamination and to conduct both a bench scale test and pilot study for the use of an in-situ oxidation process in destroying PCE in groundwater on site. Successful results of those studies resulted in the Volunteer proposing the use of the in-situ oxidation process for remediation at the site. By using the in-situ oxidation technology, organic compounds in the soil and groundwater will be mineralized to carbon dioxide and water. Total VOCís and water quality parameters will be analyzed in the groundwater in surrounding monitoring wells periodically throughout the course of the oxidation stage to monitor the progress of remediation at achieving the PCE concentration of 100 ug/l. The NYSDEC will evaluate the monitoring data generated from groundwater sampling to determine both the effectiveness of the remediation and whether continuing this process or implementing alternative remedial measures will be necessary. Air quality will be monitored periodically throughout the course of the oxidation stage of the remediation process.

Comment Period: The Voluntary Cleanup Agreement and the Remedial Action Workplan for the Nine Mall Plaza site are available for review at the locations set forth below. Written comments on this action must be received within 30 days following the date of this Notice. Written comments expressing objections or opposition to the Remedial Action Workplan must explain the basis of the opposition and identify the specific grounds which could justify the Departmentís imposing significant changes to a Workplan. No formal response is made to comments, but as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and revise the Workplan.

Contact Person: Tanya Reinhard, NYSDEC Division of Environmental Remediation, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, New York 12561-1696, phone: (845)256-3156. For individuals with health-related concerns, contact Krista Anders, NYSDOH, Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation, 547 River Street, Troy, New York 12180-2216, phone: (518)402-7880 or 1-800-458-1158 ext. 27880.

The Remedial Action Workplan is available for review at the above NYSDEC office and at the Grinnell Library located at 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.


Public Notice

In replying refer to:
Public Notice Number: CRW-1
Issue Date: February 19, 2002
Expiration date: March 21, 2002

PROPOSED NATIONWIDE PERMIT REGIONAL GENERAL CONDITION DESIGNATED CRITICAL RESOURCE WATERS IN NEW YORK STATE

In the January 15, 2002 Federal Register (67FR2020), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a Final Notice of the Issuance of Nationwide Permits (NWP), which includes General Condition No. 25 for Designated Critical Resource Waters. As indicated in this Federal Register, Critical Resource Waters include NOAA-designated marine sanctuaries, National Estuarine Research Reserves, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, critical habitat for Federally listed threatened and endangered species, coral reefs, State natural heritage sites, and outstanding national resource waters or other waters officially designated by States as having particular environmental or ecological significance and identified by the District Engineer after notice and opportunity for public comment.

The State of New York recently designated all water bodies and wetlands within the East-of-Hudson portion of the New York City water supply watershed as Critical Resource Waters. The purpose of the this public notice to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the intent of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District (USACE) to concur with the State designation, in accordance with NWP General Condition No. 25. As proposed, USACE would incorporate the subject Critical Resource Waters area as a new Regional Condition of the NWPís. The geographic boundaries of the proposed Critical Resource Water area includes the East of Hudson portion of the New York City watershed as contained in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, in New York State.

The New York City watershed serves as the drinking water supply for approximately nine million New Yorkers and originates or is collected in a terminal reservoir within the East-of-Hudson portion of the watershed, making this area of the watershed of particular environmental significance to New York State.

The East-of-Hudson portion of the New York City watershed is also ecologically significant, serving as habitat for several threatened and endangered species, rare natural communities, and other natural heritage sites. The Critical Resource Waters designation would help to manage activities in this area, ensuring only environmentally sensitive development.

If designated by the USACE, certain activities in the Critical Resource Waters area could not be authorized under the NWP program or would have to meet additional conditions, as specified in NWP General Condition No. 25. Generally, NWP Numbers 7, 12, 14, 16, 17, 21, 29, 31, 35, 39, 40, 42, 43, and 44 could not be used to authorize any activity within or directly affecting critical resource waters. NWP Numbers 3, 8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, and 38 could be used for activities proposed in critical resource waters, provided that notification was made in accordance with NWP General Condition 13, and that USACE determines that the impacts to the critical resource waters will be no more than minimal. Copies of the NWP Conditions, draft NWP Regional Conditions (as stated in a August 15, 2001 public notice) and other information on the NWPís is available from this office on request or can be viewed on our website at http://www.nan.usace.army.mil

Comments on this proposal should be sent to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, Attn: Regulatory Branch Room 1937, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278-0090. Comments are due by March 21, 2002.

If you have any questions you may contact James H. Cannon at (212) 264-0185 or via e-mail at James.H.Cannon@usace.army.mil


Westchester County - The New York State Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, will be preparing an Environmental Impact Statement on a proposal to improve Route 9A in Westchester County. The proposed improvement will involve the reconstruction of approximately 2.5 miles of the existing route from just south of Route 119 to just north of Route 100C in the Towns of Greenburgh and Mt. Pleasant and the Village of Elmsford. The improvements to Route 9A are considered necessary to provide for the existing and projected traffic demand and to improve safety. Also, included in this proposal is the replacement of the existing Route 100C bridge over Route 9A and a new I-287 eastbound exit ramp to Route 9A. A series of public information meetings will be held in the town of Greenburgh between March 2002 and June 2003. In addition, a public hearing will be held. Public notice will be given of the time and place of the meetings and hearing. A formal NEPA scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. a meeting will be held for Federal, State, and Local agencies and at 7:15 p.m. a meeting for the general public and all interested parties at the Greenburgh Town Hall, 320 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, New York. Each meeting will be preceded by a 30 minute open house during which attendees can view concept plans and interact with project team members.

Contact: Brian Doherty, phone: (845) 431-5870


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Orange County - The Planning Board of the Town of Wallkill, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Stone Ridge Estates 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 an approximate 84.808 acre parcel being subdivided into 26 lots in the RA zoned district. The project is located on Lybolt Road in the Town of Wallkill.

The condition is:

Contact: Gary W. Lake, P. O. Box 398, Middletown, New York 10940, phone: (845) 692-7814.


Orange County - The Planning Board of the Town of Wallkill, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Beames Derfery Stilwagen Lot Line Change 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 a lot change of two parcels in the R2 zoned district

The condition is:

Contact: Gary W. Lake, P. O. Box 398, Middletown, New York 10940, phone: (845) 692-7814.


Negative Declaration

Orange County - The Pine Bush Central School District Board of Education, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Pine Bush Central School District Capital Project will not have a significant environmental impact. The action involves the Pine Bush Central School District proposing to conduct additions and alterations to E. J. Russell Elementary School, Pakanasink Elementary School, Crispell Middle School and the District Administration/Annex School (High School Site). The School District is also proposing to conduct reconstruction to Circleville Elementary School, Circleville Middle School and Pine Bush High School. A description of the planned actions at each of the school facility campuses is presented below.

Pakanasink Elementary School/Circleville Middle School Campus Pakanasink Elementary School
The proposed project will include the addition of approximately 6 new classrooms and a gym station. These additions will total approximately 13,350 square feet. Some alterations will be needed to address some programmatic needs. The reconstruction phase will address building enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and communications systems. Site work, lead and asbestos abatement work which is associated with the proposed reconstruction will also be addressed.

Circleville Middle School
Additions will not be included at Circleville Middle School. Some alterations will be needed to address some programmatic needs. The reconstruction phase will address building enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and communications systems. Site work, lead and asbestos abatement work that are associated with the proposed reconstruction will also be addressed.

Circleville Elementary School Campus
Additions will not be included at Circleville Elementary School. Some alterations will be needed to address some programmatic needs. The reconstruction phase will address building enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and communications systems. Site work, lead and asbestos abatement work that are associated with the proposed reconstruction will also be addressed.

E. J. Russell Elementary School Campus
The proposed project will include the addition of 14 new classrooms and support spaces. A new kitchen and cafeteria space will also be included. These additions will total approximately 16,500 square feet. The proposed project will also include the removal of the existing modular classroom wing. The reconstruction phase will address building enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and communications systems. Site work, lead and asbestos abatement work which is associated with the proposed reconstruction will also be addressed.

Crispell Middle School Campus
The proposed project will include the addition of approximately 6 new classrooms, a library and a multi-purpose space. These additions will total approximately 12,500 square feet. Some alterations will be needed to address some programmatic needs. The reconstruction phase will address building enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and communications systems. Site work, lead and asbestos abatement work which is associated with the proposed reconstruction will also be addressed.

Pine Bush High School/District Administration Campus
District Administration/Annex School (High School site)
The proposed project will include the addition of approximately 10 new classrooms, offices and support spaces to accommodate the High School program needs. The existing administration building (and the proposed addition) is on the same site as the high school. The addition will total approximately 27,900 square feet. The alteration phase will address mechanical, electrical, and communications systems. Related site work and space reconfiguration will also be included.

Pine Bush High School
Additions will not be included at Pine Bush High School. Some alterations will be needed to address some programmatic needs. The reconstruction phase will address building enclosure, mechanical electrical, plumbing and communications systems. Site work, lead and asbestos abatement work that are associated with the proposed reconstruction will also be addressed.

Contact: Deborah Brush, Pine Bush Central School District, Route 302, Pine Bush, New York 12566, phone: (845) 744-2031.


Positive Declaration with Public Scoping

New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Croton Water Treatment Plant Filtration Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Public scoping sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2002, from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. at Schwendler Hall, Bronx Community College, W. 181st Street and University Avenue in the Bronx, and Wednesday, March 13th, 2002, from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. at Town of Mt. Pleasant, One Town Plaza (Court Room), Valhalla, New York. The comment period will remain open until the end of March and a Final Scope of Work will be issued by the end of April, 2002. The action involves design, construct, and operate a 290-million gallon per day (mgd) water treatment plant (WTP) to provide filtration and disinfection of the Croton Water Supply System. The facility is proposed to be located at one of two sites: the Eastview Site in Mt. Pleasant, New York or the Harlem River Site in the Bronx, New York. The proposed Croton WTP, if constructed at the Eastview Site would be accompanied by the construction of a Raw Water Pumping Station to convey untreated water from the New Croton Aqueduct (NCA) to the site. Treated water connections would also be made to the NCA and the Delaware Water Supply System and possibly the Catskill Water Supply System. Treated water connections to the city distribution system at the Jerome Park Reservoir would also be required. The proposed Croton WTP, if constructed at the Harlem River Site, would be accompanied by the construction of a raw water connection to the WTP and the construction of a Treated Water Pumping Station (TWPS) to convey water from the WTP to the NCA and/or other facilities at the Jerome Park Reservoir where connections to the existing distribution system and possible reconstruction of the Jerome Avenue Pumping Station would also be involved. Construction of a Water Treatment Plant at either site would also include rehabilitation of the NCA to varying degrees.

Contact: Mark Page, 59-17 Junction Blvd, Corona, New York 11368, phone: (718) 595-4395.


Notice of Acceptance of a Draft Generic EIS And Public Hearing

Rockland County - The Town of Orangetown, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Comprehensive Plan, Town of Orangetown. A public hearing on the Generic Draft EIS will be held on February 28, 2002 at the Orangetown Town Hall, 26 Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, New York. The action involves identifying and addressing land use-related issues in the Town and provides recommendation for future growth and change. The Comprehensive Plan is intended to assist the Townís governmental departments and boards, as well as local businesses and industries, make decisions regarding development in the Town. It is also intended to provide a basis for zoning actions required to resolve zoning and land use inconsistencies that exist in certain portions of the Town. In addition, the Plan provides an opportunity to integrate various efforts and programs throughout the Town into a comprehensive policy document.

Contact: Thom Kleiner, Town of Orangetown, Town Hall, 26 Orangeburg Road, Orangetown, New York 10962, phone: 845-359-5100, Fax: 845-359-2623


Continuation On Hearing For Draft EIS

Westchester County - The White Plains Common Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft EIS on the proposed New York Presbyterian Hospital, Royal Charter Properties Westchester, Inc. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on March 4, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. at the White Plains Common Council Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, Second Floor, 255 Main Street, White Plains, New York. The action involves the construction of two 192,000 square foot medical use buildings with a total of 865 new parking spaces on a currently undeveloped portion of the Hospital Property and associated stormwater drainage, utility and internal roadway improvements. The Project Site involves approximately 13 acres of the overall 214-acre Hospital property. The New York Presbyterian Hospital property is generally bounded by Bloomingdale Road, Mamaroneck Avenue, Bryant Avenue and North Street (N. Y. State Route 127), White Plains, Westchester County.

Contact: Rod Johnson, White Plains Environmental Officer, c/o Planning Department, Municipal Building Annex, 255 Main Street, White Plains, New York 10601, phone: (914) 422-1372.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Westchester County - The Planning Board of the Village of Sleepy Hollow, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Special Permit Application for a wireless communications facility on the grounds of the Phelps Memorial Hospital. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on February 21, 2002 at 8:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, 28 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted by the contact person until at least 10 days after the close of the public hearing. The action involves installation of a public utility wireless facility on an existing monopole tower located on the grounds of the Phelps memorial Hospital. The proposed action calls for a 15 foot extension to the existing pole and related equipment installed at the base of the monopole. The proposed action currently calls for a variance from the zoning code related to the height of the proposed monopole extension, issuance of a special permit and site plan approvals and aesthetic review. The project is located at 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow.

Contact: Robert Stiloski, Department of Fire and Life Safety, Village Hall, 28 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591, phone: (914) 366-5101.


Amended Notice Of Draft Generic EIS and Public Hearing

Dutchess County - The Planning Board of East Fishkill, as lead agency, has accepted an Amended Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Meadow Creek Corporate Park. A public hearing on the Draft Generic EIS will be held on February 27, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gayhead Elementary School, Entry Road (off Route 376), Hopewell Junction, New York. Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency until March 14, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. The action involves the construction of a 1.27 million square foot development (gross floor space) consisting of professional office space, research and development uses and a convenience mart/gasoline station on a 151-acre site zoned PCP and I-1, in the Town of East Fishkill. The project concept plan proposes 3 full access drives, a right turn in/right turn out only driveway, as well as three emergency access drives. The project also proposes the construction of a sewage treatment plant and a water storage tank on-site. The project is bounded by Interstate 84(I-84) Exit 15 to the south, Lime Kiln Road to the west and north, and Shenandoah Road to the east in East Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York 12533.

Contact: Pat Twomey, East Fishkill Town Hall, 330 NYS Route 376, Hopewell Junction, New York 12533, phone: (845) 221-2428.