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Notice of Availability of Draft Commissioner Policy on Environmental Justice and DEC Permitting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has prepared a draft policy for incorporating environmental justice concerns into its environmental permit process. The draft policy amends the DEC environmental permit process by, among other things, identifying minority or low-income communities; providing information on environmental justice to applicants with proposed projects in those communities; enhancing public participation requirements for proposed projects in those communities; establishing requirements for projects in minority or low-income communities with the potential for at least one significant, adverse environmental impact; and providing alternative dispute resolution opportunities to allow communities and project sponsors to resolve issues of concern to the community.

The draft policy results directly from the report: Recommendations for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Program, public comment on the report and DEC staff recommendations.

In accordance with NYS Environmental Conservation Law 3-0301, written comments regarding the draft policy will be accepted through September 20, 2002. Written comments on the draft policy should be sent to the contact person listed below. The draft policy can be obtained at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ej/index.html or by writing, faxing or e-mailing the contact person.

Contact: Monica L. Abreu Conley, Esq., Environmental Justice Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1500, phone: (518) 402-8556, toll free 1 (866) 229-0497, fax: (518) 402-9018, e-mail: ej@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Hearing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation ("EFC") will hold a public hearing on August 21, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York in the Public Assembly Room 129A to consider the issuance of special obligation bonds (the "Bonds") under the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Act.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation is empowered under the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Act, as amended, to issue tax exempt, special obligation revenue bonds and notes to finance solid waste disposal, pollution control, water management and certain other facilities.

The Bonds are proposed to be issued to finance the closing of existing landfill cells, construct leachate and methane gas collection systems, improve access roads, acquire land, construct support buildings, purchase landfill equipment and develop new disposal cells within the current permitted acreage of the landfill located and operating at Mill Seat Landfill, 303 Brew Road, Bergen, New York (Monroe County), owned by Waste Management of New York, L.L.C. In addition, the Bonds are proposed to be issued to finance the acquisition of new collection and support vehicles and solid waste disposal containers, certain solid waste disposal equipment to be located at various hauling and transfer stations and other infrastructure improvements within the current permitted acreage of hauling and transfer stations located and operating at: Harlem River Yard Transfer Station, 98 Lincoln Avenue, Bronx, New York (Bronx County), owned by USA Waste of NYC, Inc.; and the following owned by Waste Management of New York, L.L.C.: USA Syracuse, 4545 Morgan Place, Liverpool, New York (Onondaga County); Ulster, 264 Old Flatbush Road, Kingston, New York (Ulster County); Long Island Hauling, 1827 Gilford Avenue, New Hyde Park, New York (Nassau County) and C.I.D. Hauling, 10860 Olean Road, Chaffee, New York (Erie County). The aggregate face amount of the Bonds to be issued will not exceed Forty Million Dollars ($40,000,000).

The Bonds to be issued by EFC will be special obligations of EFC payable solely from the revenues pledged to the payment thereof, and will not be a general obligation of, or be secured by, the taxing power of the State of New York. The Bonds will be payable from operating revenues generated by Waste Management of New York, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc., a subsidiary of Waste Management Holdings, Inc. and Waste Management, Inc.; and by USA Waste of NYC, Inc., a subsidiary of Waste Management Holdings, Inc. and Waste Management, Inc. Payment on the Bonds will be guaranteed by Waste Management, Inc.

All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies desiring to submit comments at the hearing will be provided an opportunity to do so. Written comments can be submitted prior to the hearing to: Holly L. Roth, Legal Assistant, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 625 Broadway, 7th Floor, Albany, New York 12207-2997.

Meeting Notice

Meeting: Of the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council and Exective Committee.

Date: August 14, 2002

Time: Executive Committee at 1:00 PM
Full Council at 3:00 PM

Location: New York Power Authority
123 Main Street
White Plains, New York

The meeting will be in the First Floor 'Jaguar Room' of the Clarence D. Rappleyea building.

Public Notice

Availability of a Pre-Decisional Environmental Assessment prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on an integrated white-tailed deer damage management program in consultation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of Environmental Conservation has consulted and coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services in the development of a Pre-Decisional Environmental Assessment (EA) titled, "An integrated wildlife damage management approach for the management of white-tailed deer damage in the State of New York." The proposed action is for USDA Wildlife Services to implement an integrated wildlife damage management program to reduce damage associated with white-tailed deer impacts to property, agricultural and natural resources, and public health and safety on all lands in New York where a need exists, funding is available and a request to USDA Wildlife Services for assistance is received. The Department of Environmental Conservation has jurisdictional authority on deer management control activities, and will be consulted during implementation of the proposed management program. The Pre-Decisional EA analyzes potential environmental effects of conducting alternative strategies for reducing white-tailed deer damage, and identifies and analyzes issues and alternative strategies. USDA Wildlife Services is requesting public comments on the Pre-Decisional EA.

Interested persons may obtain the Pre-Decisional EA by contacting Mr. Richard Chipman, New York State Director, USDA/APHIS, Wildlife Services, 1930, Route 9 Castleton, NY 12033-9653; Phone (518) 477-4837; FAX (518) 477-4899. Send any written comments directly to this address.

Written comments must be received by September 5, 2002 to receive full consideration prior to the decision.

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 3-0303, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0107, 19-0301, 19-0303, 19-0305, 71-2103, and 71-2105 the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

An Emergency Adoption was filed with the Department of State and became effective July 19, 2002 to amend the following parts and subparts of 6 NYCRR Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines, and Part 200, General Provisions.

The purpose of this rule is to incorporate improvements that California has made to its vehicle emission control program relating to the phase in of light duty truck standards for vehicles 6,000 to 8,500 pounds gvw, to reduce emissions in New York State, and maintain identical light duty vehicle standards with California as required under section 177 of the Clean Air Act, to adopt California standards and test procedures for heavy duty engines, and to adopt revisions to the zero emission vehicle regulations, including an alternative compliance program.

This emergency rule will be effective for 60 days from the date of filing with the Department of State; until September 17, 2002.
For further information, contact: Steven E. Flint, P.E., NYSDEC, Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3255, phone: (518 ) 402-8292 e-mail: seflint@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Notice of Availability of State Funds

TYPE OF RECIPIENT: Municipalities (including counties; cities; towns; villages; school districts and improvement districts within a city, county, town, or village; local public benefit corporations; local public authorities; Indian tribes residing within NewYork State; and any combination of these) and not-for-profit corporations. NOTE: Funding available for not-for-profit corporations is limited under this program.

ITEMS COVERED UNDER GRANT: This notice is for the Local Assistance Program for Non-toxic Pest Management Training and Structural Improvements. The purpose of the program is to provide State financial assistance to municipalities and not-for-profit corporations for training in non-toxic pest management methods and/or to make minor repairs to municipal structures that will prevent or inhibit pest infestations. Multi-municipal projects are encouraged. Although both training and structural improvements are components of this program, the emphasis is on the municipal training element.

Examples of eligible structural improvement projects include caulking of cracks and crevices, and repairing of screens and damaged wood. The cost of items such as major structural repairs, municipal staff salaries and pest management program development are examples of costs that would not be eligible.

Any entity which intends to apply for assistance under this program must request from the Department the application package for further information on requirements for applying for assistance under this program.

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2002 for grants of up to $30,000 per applicant. No funding match is required for these grants. NOTE: Applications for projects of up to $50,000 would be considered, if sufficient funds are available. Additional information on this option will be included in the application package.

TO OBTAIN AN APPLICATION, CONTACT: John White, Environmental Program Specialist 1, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7254, phone: (518) 402-8781.