Region 9 SEQR and Other Notices Region 9 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 03/13/2002

Erie County
Applicant: Amherst - T
5583 Main St
Williamsville, NY 14221-5409
Facility: Yard Waste Composting Facility
Millersport Highway And New Road
Amherst, NY 14221-
Application ID: 9-1422-00087/00005
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES
Project is Located: Amherst, Erie County
Project Description:
The applicant has requested an increase in the allowable pH ( from pH 8 to pH 9 ) for the discharge from the existing municipal composting site run-off collection and treatment system. Specifically the the effluent pH limit will be increased from the constructed wetlands treatment system which flows to a roadside, State Rt. 263,  swale and then into Tonawanda Creek .  The applicant has evaluated the pH rise in the pond and concluded it is due to algal photosynthesis.
 
The Department has also deleted compliance schedules which have been satisfactorly completed and added new requirements for monitoring and restoring the wetland values of the constructed wetland area.    
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 Mar 27 2002.
Contact: Richard P. Sweeney
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716)851-7165

Niagara County
Applicant: Occidental Chemical Corp
5005 Lbj Freeway
Dallas, TX 75244-
Facility: Oxychem Niagara - Main Plant
47Th Street And Buffalo Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14302-0344
Application ID: 9-2911-00112/00167
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 27 TItle 9 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Project is Located: Niagara Falls, Niagara County
Project Description:
The Department has drafted modified permit pages and made a tentative determination to modify the Part 373 Permit for Occidental Chemical Corporation's Niagara Plant located at Buffalo Avenue and 47th Street in the City of Niagara Falls.  The facility's existing manufacturing operations generate hazardous wastes, which are stored in containers and tanks, and either sent for off-site disposal or incinerated in an on-site incinerator.  The facility has had an on-site incinerator in operation since 1961.  Pursuant to a Part 373 Permit issued in 1988 and renewed in December 1999, the facility has been receiving, storing and incinerating hazardous wastes generated at other Occidental-owned facilities in western NY and hazardous remedial wastes containing dioxins and polychlorinated bi-phenyls (PCBs) from Occidental's remedial sites in western NY and Occidental's Taft, Louisiana facility.  The December 1999 Permit was modified in September 2000 to authorize the facility to receive and incinerate the distillate waste from the Durez Plant in Niagara Falls (Durez Distillate).  The incinerator treats chlorinated plant production wastes and remedial waste streams from Occidental remedial sites.  Combustion gases leaving the incinerator are cooled in a quench tower before they enter air pollution control equipment.  In March 1998, leaks at the bottom of the quench tower became evident and Occidental personnel attempted through internal repairs and external patches to correct the problems.  By early 1999, however, the Department and Occidental agreed that these measures were insufficient and a new quench tower should be installed.  This tower was replaced with a new one of different design in June 2000.  Since the quench unit provides significant removal of hydrochloric acid, particulate and other compounds, the Department required that a stack test be performed by Occidental according to a Department-approved protocol to confirm that the new quench tower performs comparably with the previous unit.  The quench confirmation stack test was performed in June 2000, and the stack test report was approved by the Department in August 2001. This permit modification will incorporate the new quench tower operating conditions and related changes into the Part 373 Permit.  This modification also withdraws the allowance given to Occidental previously to incinerate Durez Distillate (an aqueous waste stream containing organics) since the Durez Plant is no longer owned by Occidental and the new owner decided to continue burning this waste in their permitted on-site incinerator. However, in its place, Occidental will be allowed to incinerate aqueous waste stream similar to Durez Distillate.  In addition, Occidental is currently undergoing significant reduction in production which has resulted in closure of several hazardous waste storage tanks and container storage areas.  These areas are being removed from the current permit.
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 not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
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 Apr 29 2002.
Contact: Jeffrey E. Dietz
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716)851-7165
jedietz@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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