Completed Applications Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Name of Volunteer: Cornell University

Site Name and No.: Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center #V00234-1

Project Location: Region 1, Suffolk County, Town of Riverhead

Project Description: The site is located in an area where land use is predominantly agricultural. Operations at the facility include the planting and care of experimental crops in both open fields and greenhouses. Upon completing a specific pesticide application, the application tanks are rinsed clean. Historically, rinsate water was discharged into an evaporation pit and a rock drain located on the property. While these disposal practices have been discontinued, past discharges have contaminated on-site soil with pesticides. The facility is currently in compliance with NYSDEC RCRA requirements. Under the approved work plan, contaminated soil will be removed from the evaporation pit and the rock drain. Confirmatory soil samples will be acquired to ensure that residual soil contamination does not exceed the NYSDEC’s Soil Cleanup Objectives. An additional groundwater monitoring well will be constructed to supplement the three on-site wells currently in place. The site specific groundwater flow direction and groundwater quality will be confirmed and the need for additional groundwater investigation and/or remediation will be assessed. Cornell University intends to continue to utilize the site as a horticultural research laboratory.

Comment Period: The project work plan is available for review at the locations below. Written comments on this action will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the project must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the Department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a result of comments the Department may re-evaluate and make revisions to the work plan.

Contact Person: Jamie Ascher, Engineering Geologist 2
NYSDEC, Region 1
Building 40, SUNY Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 444-0246 fax:(631) 444-0248

Riverhead Free Library
330 Court Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 727-3228

Negative Declaration

Suffolk County - The Planning Board of the Town of Huntington, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Melville Square II will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves removal of two defunct one story shed/utility buildings with associated accessory structures and old paved parking lot and construct a 255,000 gross square foot four-story office building on a 19.34 acre parcel located within an 1-1 light-industry zone district. The project is located on the northwest corner of Old Walt Whitman Road and Cottontail Road in Melville.

Contact: Richart Machtay, Town Planning and Environment Department, Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, New York 11743, phone: (631-351-3196.

Suffolk County - The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Incorporated Village of Babylon, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Application of Babylon Cove Development construction will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of 22 residential dwelling units on the parcel located at 415 Fire Island Avenue, Babylon, New York.

Contact: Bruce E. Humenik, Zoning Board of Appeals of the Incorporated Village of Babylon, 153 West Main Street, Babylon, New York 11702