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Public Comment Period Open for Comparative Risk Project Draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group

Project Description:

The New York State Comparative Risk Project (Project) was initiated in 1996 to assist the Department of Environmental Conservation in developing a risk-based approach to pollution prevention. The Project seeks to identify those environmental problems that pose the highest risks to the citizens and the environment of New York State and to develop recommendations for reducing those risks through pollution prevention/risk reduction programs, or technical assistance strategies. The Project decisions are, to the greatest extent practicable, based on the available scientific information and current technology and attempt to reflect public opinions and values.

The comparison of environmental problems in this Project is based on risks associated with substances that are released into the environment. These substances can be chemicals or particles that may be released into the air, water, or land. Fourteen groups of these substances, called stressors, have been developed. The stressor groupings are based on similarities in their physical or chemical characteristics.

The project is broken into two phases. Phase 1, the risk characterization phase, identified the most significant threats to human health, ecosystems, and quality of life that result from toxic releases to the environment. For this phase, three work groups were established to identify and evaluate these environmental threats. The evaluations of these three groups were intended to help identify those problem areas where current regulatory and pollution prevention efforts have either not yet been implemented, can benefit from enhancement, or have so far failed to adequately reduce risk to human health, ecosystems, or quality of life for New Yorkers. The Project focuses on residual risks (i.e., the risks that remain given current levels of environmental regulation and control). These first three work groups have written reports that examine and compare the risks posed by the groups of 14 stressors.

Phase 2, the risk reduction strategies phase, developed management strategies that incorporate pollution prevention methods and prioritized them for implementation. For Phase 2, a Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group was established to build on the work of the three previous work groups and the Project Steering Committee by identifying sources of the 14 stressors evaluated and the availability of pollution prevention measures that are potentially the most effective at reducing risk. The Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group has prepared a Draft Final Report that develops, prioritizes and recommends for implementation overall management strategies that also incorporate specific pollution prevention strategies.

Additional details about the Comparative Risk Project, including copies of the Project ground rules and other documents, can be obtained through the Project website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2crp.html

Available Reports:

Three work group reports, prepared by the Human Health, Ecosystems, and Quality of Life Work Groups were released in the summer of 2001 for public comment and have been finalized. A Steering Committee Final Report summarizing the Project and findings from Phase 1 is also available. The draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group is now available for public comment.

All reports can be obtained through the Project’s website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2crp.html . They can also be obtained through the address, phone, fax, and email address provided in the next section.

Public Comment Period Information:

A public comment period on the draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group will take place through September 16, 2002. During this time, written comments on this draft report will be accepted by the following means:

Formal public comments will not be taken by phone, but those with questions about the Project may call 518-402-9472

Please send comments in by September 16, 2002. The Draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group will be revised and finalized shortly after review of the public comments received, and it is anticipated that the Steering Committee will prepare a final report for the Project by the end of 2002. Although no formal written response to individual public comments will be prepared, each comment that is received will be considered by the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group or the Steering Committee and will be reflected in changes to the report which will be posted on the Project’s website.

Pursuant to Sections 1-0101; 3-0301; 19-0103; 19-0105; 19-0107; 19-0301; 19-0302; 19-0303; 19-0305, 19-0311; 19-0319; and 70-0109 the Department gives notice of a public comment period for a revision to 6 NYCRR Part 200, General Provisions, subdivision 200.1(ax), Nonattainment Area.

Purpose: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has redesignated the Metropolitan carbon monoxide nonattainment area, consisting of Westchester, Bronx, New York, Richmond, Kings, Queens and Nassau Counties, to attainment. Subdivision 200.1(ax) defines the area as being nonattainment. The Department is proposing to remove the definition of the Metropolitan carbon monoxide nonattainment area from subdivision 200.1(ax), to make New York’s definition of the term nonattainment area consistent with EPA’s rulemaking.

The Department invites all persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies that may be affected by the proposed action to submit written comments for the record. A cumulative record of all comments will be compiled. This is a consensus proposal and is not subject to a public hearing. If any negative comments are received, this proposal will be withdrawn and the rule will be re-proposed under normal rulemaking procedures.

For further information, contact Steven Botsford, P. E., at the address below. Written statements may be submitted to the Department until close of business, 5 p.m., September 13, 2002, and should be submitted to:

Steven Botsford, P. E.,
NYSDEC Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3251
518 402-8396
email: srbotsfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us

2002 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Programs Funded Under New York State Environmental Protection Funds (EPF) and U.S. Forest Service Funds

Eligible Applicants are Municipalities and Not-For-Profit Corporations

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2002 for grant funding under New York State’s 2002 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. A total amount of $150,000 is available from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and an anticipated total amount of $61,000 is available from the U.S. Forest Service. This is a competitive, reimbursement grant program. Recipients will be expected to provide a 50% match to grant awards. Grants are available for projects under the following three categories: 1. EPF-Large City Grants; 2. Community Forestry Greening Grants; 3. Volunteer Project Grants.

For an application contact: Mr. Peter Frank, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York, 12233-4253, or call 518-402-9425. Applications may also be viewed and downloaded from NYS DEC www.dec.state.ny.us

Notice of Extension of Time for Availability For Comment

Notice of Extension of Time for Availability For Comment: The 30 day period for comments will be extended to August 30, 2002. Several members of the regulated community have made a request for additional time to submit comments.

Title: Procedures for Licensing Onshore Major Oil Storage Facilities,

Subject: Review of Division of Environmental Remediation Program Policy

Description: This document outlines the procedures for licensing new and existing onshore major oil storage facilities (MOSFs).

Contact Person: To obtain the full-text of this policy document and to submit comments, please contact:

Name: Joseph McDonald
Division: Division of Environmental Remediation
Bureau: Spill Prevention and Response
Address: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Attn: Joseph McDonald
625 Broadway, 11th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7020
Phone Number: (518) 402-9543
Fax: (518) 402-9577

Comment Period Extension: Comments on this action will be extended for 14 days0 days following the publication in the ENB. The last day for receipt for comments has been extended to August 30, 2002. At the end of this comment period, all comments will be considered and document will be revised accordingly. A final policy document will be prepared and notice will appear in the ENB.

Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program - Cutpoint Change

6NYCRR Part 217

The purpose of this notice is to announce changes in cutpoints for the enhanced motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program per the footnote in 6 NYCRR Part 217-1.3(d) and (e), Tables 1a and 1b,Vehicle Exhaust Emission Standards.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is hereby giving notice that the following cutpoint changes will be effective September 2, 2002.

Current Cutpoints Light Duty Vehicles
1981-82 2.00 60.00 4.00
1983-90 2.00 30.00 4.00
1991-95 1.20 20.00 3.00
1996+ 0.80 15.00 2.00

Current Cutpoints Light Duty Trucks
LDT 1981-83 7.50 100.00 11.50
1984-87 3.20 80.00 11.50
LDT1 1988-90 3.20 80.00 8.00
1991-95 2.40 60.00 5.50
1996+ <3751 0.80 15.00 2.00
>3751 1.00 20.00 2.50
LDT2 1988-90 3.20 80.00 9.50
1991-95 2.40 60.00 7.00
1996+ <5751 1.00 20.00 2.50
>5751 2.40 60.00 4.00


Effective (09/02/02)

Light Duty Vehicles
1981-82 1.20 30.00 2.50
1983-90 1.20 15.00 2.50
1991-95 0.90 15.00 2.00
1996+ 0.60 10.00 1.50


Effective (09/02/02)

Light Duty Trucks
LDT 1981-83 4.00 70.00 5.50
1984-87 2.00 40.00 5.50
LDT1 1988-90 2.00 40.00 4.00
1991-95 1.80 40.00 3.50
1996+ <3751 0.70 10.00 1.80
>3751 0.90 13.00 2.00
LDT2 1988-90 2.00 40.00 5.00
1991-95 1.80 40.00 4.00
1996+ <5751 0.70 13.00 2.00
>5751 0.90 15.00 2.20

Additional information may be obtained from:

Agency Contact: John Marschilok
Office Address: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, N.Y. 12233-3257

Telephone: (518) 402-8401