Region 4 SEQR and Other Notices Region 4 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 4 Completed Applications 05/29/2002

Greene County
Applicant: Athens Generating Company LP
One Bowdoin Square
Boston, MA 02114-2690
Facility: Athens Generating Company
24 Second St
Athens, NY 12015-
Application ID: 4-1922-00055/00004
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 19 Title IV (Phase II Acid Rain)
Project is Located: Athens, Greene County
Project Description:
Project Description: The applicant has applied to the department for a Title IV (Phase2-Acid Rain) permit for the operation of  a high efficiency, combined cycle Energy Facility consisting of three Westinghouse 501 G (or equivalent) advanced combustion turbine generators (CTG), three heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), three steam turbine generators (STG) and associated balance-of-plant systems and facilities.  The nominal electric generating capacity of the Energy Facility will be approximately 1,080 megawatts (MW). The primary fuel will be natural gas, and very low sulfur (0.05 percent) fuel oil will be used for back-up. The air emissions will be released through 180-foot high exhaust stacks, one stack for each of the units.  The facility is currently has a  State Facility Air permit and is currently under construction and is expected to be operational in mid 2003.  

Public Notice: The Department has deemed this application complete and making available for public review and comment a draft Title IV permit.  The final permit will not become effective  until after the close of the public comment period and any comments have been reviewed and evaluated. The permit will be effective for a 5 year period.  Comments will be received for 30 days from the date of this notice.  If comments are received which raise significant issues or provide additional relevant information, the Department elect may modify the draft Title IV Permit.

Project Location:  The Energy Facility is presently being constructed off of U.S. Route 9W approximately 2 miles west of the Village of Athens, in the Town of Athens, Greene County.   The site is located between County Route 74 (Leeds-Athens Road) to the south, U.S. Route 9W to the west, County Route 28 (Schoharie Turnpike) to the north, and the Conrail railroad tracks to the east.

Document Availability/Public Comments: A copy of the final draft permit can be obtained from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation offices, Region 4 Headquarters at 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday or by contacting Michael Higgins, Project Manager at (518) 357-2069.



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 Jun 28 2002.
Contact: Michael T. Higgins
NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518)357-2069
mthiggin@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Rensselaer County
Applicant: Besicorp Empire Development Co LLC
C/O Besicorp Ltd
1151 Flatbush Road
Kingston, NY 12401-
Facility: Besicorp
36 Riverside Dr
Rensselaer, NY -
Application ID: 4-3814-00052/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 19 Air State Facility
Article 19 Title IV (Phase II Acid Rain)
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Stormwater Discharge
Project is Located: Rensselaer, Rensselaer County
Project Description:
The applicant, Besicorp-Empire Development Company, LLC, is proposing the Empire State Newsprint Project, which will consist of a recycled newsprint manufacturing plant and a nominal 505 MW combined cycle cogeneration plant.  
The recycled newsprint manufacturing plant will consist of a deinking plant, stock preparation and paper mill and finishing and shipping.  The recycled newsprint manufacturing plant will process approximately 430,000 metric tonnes/year of waste newspapers and magazines to produce 330,000 metric tonnes/year of 100 percent-recycled newsprint.
The cogeneration plant will supply steam and electricity (approximately 55 MW) to the recycled newsprint manufacturing plant.  The remainder of the electricity generated will be offered on the merchant market.  The cogeneration plant is configured with two GE Frame 7FA combustion turbines with dry low-nitrogen oxide (NOx) combusters, heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), a steam turbine and an auxiliary boiler.  With all of these components of the facility included, the maximum electrical output will be 670 MW.  The cogeneration plant will use natural gas as the primary fuel and low sulfur (0.05%) distillate as the secondary fuel in the combustion turbines and duct burners within the HRSGs.  The auxiliary boiler will also fire natural gas and low-sulfur distillate fuel.  Distillate fuel use will be limited up to the equivalent of 1,080 hours per year at 100 percent load.
Process water for the facilities will be withdrawn from the Hudson River at a maximum rate of 9.6 millions gallons per day (MGD), including approximately 7.9 MGD for the recycled newspaper manufacturing plant and 1.7 MGD for the cogeneration plant.  Non-contact cooling water for the cogeneration plant will be supplied by Albany County Sewer District South Plant at a maximum rate of 6.6 MGD.  Wastewater from the facility will be treated on-site and discharged to the Hudson River. The daily flow rate of wastewater is proposed to be 6.25 MGD (average daily) and 8.1 MGD (peak daily).  
The water intake structure for process water will consist of two cylindrical 1-mm wedgewire screens and the seasonal deployment of a Marine Life Exclusion System structure.  The installation of the intake structure and outfall will require the dredging of 1,100 cubic yards from the Hudson River that will be disposed of off site. Approximately 1,340 cubic yards of clean material will be used for backfill in the Hudson River.
The project is located at the former industrial manufacturing site currently owned by BASF in the City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County. The project site totals 88 acres, with all facilities associated with the project covering 58 acres.   The site is bordered by Riverside Avenue and the Hudson River on the west, the Port Access Highway on the east and south, and by another industrial facility on the north.
Pursuant to 6NYCRR Part 201, Besicorp-Empire Development Company, LLC, has opted to obtain a preconstruction permit and certificate to operate authorizing the construction and operation of the proposed facility, pursuant to 6 NYCRR Subpart 2016.1, prior to obtaining a Title V permit. The Department has made a tentative determination to approve this air application and a draft permit is available for review. Details regarding the draft permit and the hearing on the permit can be found at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ohms/notices/besicorp.htm.
Besicorp-Empire Development Company, LLC has also applied for a Prevention of Significant Deterioration preconstruction permit pursuant to 40 CFR 52.21. A copy of the
entire PSD notice can be found at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ohms/notices/besicorppsd.htm
Pursuant to the Phase II requirements of Title IV of the Clean Air Act and 40 CFR §72.6(a)(3), the Staff has also reviewed Besicorp-Empire Development Company, LLC's acid rain permit application included in the Title V application and has found it approvable.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have an impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. The department must consult further with OPRHP before making a final decision regarding the issuance of the permit.
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 Jul 19 2002.
Contact: Christopher M. Hogan
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
cmhogan@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Schoharie County
Applicant: NYS Dept Of Transportation
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12232-
Facility: Sr 443 & Fox Creek
Sr 443 East Of Zimmer Road Intersection
Gallupville, NY -
Application ID: 4-4350-00030/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Project is Located: Wright, Schoharie County
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to place approximately 1,100 linear feet of large stone rip rap along an existing retaining wall and the relocation of approximately 150 linear feet of stream channel of Fox Creek. The purpose of the project is to stabilize an existing retaining wall and control erosion.  The project is located on State Route 443, east of Gallupville, near the Zimmer Road intersection.
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: A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
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 Jun 14 2002.
Contact: John H. Feltman
NYSDEC Region 4 Stamford Sub-Office
65561 State Highway 10 Suite 1
Stamford, NY 12167
(607)652-7741
jhfeltma@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Region 4 SEQR and Other Notices Region 4 SPDES Renewals