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Public Notice

Voluntary Cleanup Agreement: Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Volunteer: MacArthur Holding B, Inc. & Street Retail, Inc.

Project Location - Queens County: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and MacArthur Holding B, Inc. & Street Retail, Inc. have entered into Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, Index No. W2-0885-01-05 (the "Agreement"). The volunteers have submitted a Remedial Action Work Plan. This site, known as New York Express Dry Cleaners, is located in a commercial/residential area in a small shopping mall located at 69-60 188th Street in Queens, New York and comprises a portion of the Fresh Meadows Residential Community and Commercial Development.

Project Description: The Site has been used as a dry cleaning establishment since at least 1983. The area in which the Site is located was a golf course prior to 1947.

Perchloroethene (PCE) and fuel oil have been used at the Site. PCE, trichloroethene (TCE) and other solvents and petroleum-impacted soil and groundwater have been identified in the "Phase I Environmental Site Assessment"and the "Phase II Environmental Site Assessment". The contaminated groundwater is within an USEPA designated sole-source aquifer.

To address the soil and groundwater contamination at the Site, the volunteers have submitted a Remedial Action Work Plan. The plan includes a conceptual design for installation of a proposed two recovery wells soil vapor extraction (SVE) remediation system intended to extract volatile organic compounds from the on-site soils by means of applied vacuum. This system with some modification will be operated until the remedial objectives are achieved.

Comment period: The Agreement and attached Work Plan for the Site are available for review at the location below. The public is invited to review these documents and submit written comments concerning them to the contact person within 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the Work Plan must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the Department to impose significant changes to it. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and revise the Work Plan.

Contemplated Use: Restricted commercial excluding child care, day care, and medical uses. Continued use as a dry cleaning facility is anticipated. The volunteer will also address off-Site contamination.

Contact: Shaminder Chawla, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 2, 1 Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, New York 11101-5407, phone: (718-482-4897).


Proposed Remedial Action Plan: Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Responsible Party: Phelps Dodge corporation

Project Location: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) working cooperatively with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has proposed a remedial action plan(PRAP) to address hazardous waste contamination at the Phelps Dodge Class 2 Inactive Hazardous Waste Site in Queens, New York. A second public meeting on PRAP is scheduled for November 14, 2002 in Sunnyside Community Service Center at 43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104. First Public Meeting was held on August 28, 2002.

Project Description: The Phelps Dodge (Laurel Hill) Site is approximately 35 acres in size and is located in a heavily industrialized area in Maspeth, Queens. The southerly portion of the site abuts Newtown and Maspeth Creeks which are contiguous. The Long Island Railroad runs east-west dividing the site into northern and southern sections. The on-site soils are contaminated with heavy metals and PCBs. On-site groundwater is contaminated with heavy metals.

The Proposed Action: The preferred remedy would consist of hot spot removal of PCB contaminated soils, a site-specific cap over the entire property, a groundwater extraction, containment and treatment system, and long-term groundwater monitoring. The proposal is described thoroughly in the PRAP. The PRAP summarizes the project and the different options for cleaning up the site and presents the preferred alternative.

Your Opportunity to Comment on the Proposed Remedy: The PRAP and supporting documents are available for your review in the document repositories at NYSDEC Region 2 Office at 11-15, 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 and at Queens Borough Public Library (Sunnyside Branch located at 4306 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. Your oral and written comments about the PRAP are welcome at the public meeting or in writing during the public comment period which runs until November 25, 2002. Written comments should addressed to:

Contact: Shaminder Chawla, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 2, 1 Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, New York 11101-5407, phone: (718-482-4897).

Public input will be factored into a Record of Decision (ROD) which will describe the remedy selected and the reason why it was chosen. A Responsiveness Summary will be prepared to address the public comments received and the public will be notified when the ROD and Responsiveness Summary are available in the repositories.

Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx County) - The New York City Housing Development Corporation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 1791 Walton Avenue will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30-day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the construction and financing for a seven-story mixed-use building. The development will comprise 49 residential rental units, along with 14,000 square feet of commercial space. The project is located at 1791 Walton Avenue (Bronx, NYC).

The condition involves: Phase II studies have revealed potential concerns regarding petroleum-impacted soils. However, these concerns will be addressed prior to construction through a mitigation plan that will remove the contamination as required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Spill Group.

Contact: James P. Quinlivan, 110 William Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038, phone: (212) 227-7030, fax: (212) 227-6815, email: jquinlivan@nychdc.com

Negative Declaration

New York City (Kings County) - The New York City Office of Emergency Management, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York City Office of Emergency Management Headquarters, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the demolition of existing structure, and construction of new office and operations center for New York City Office of Emergency Management. The proposed structure consists of five stories above grade plus the cellar, comprising a total of approximately 108,000 square feet of floor area. The proposed facility will operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, with up to 60 employees per shift on site at any time. Staffing levels would increase to 100-125 persons during emergency conditions, and up to 300 persons under extreme emergency conditions. Approximately 40 accessory parking spaces will be provided in an at-grade lot, and vehicular access to the site will be from Cadman Plaza East. The project is located at 165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY (Block 85, Lot 6).

Contact: Henry Jackson, 11 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, phone: (718) 422-4600 fax: (718) 422-4661 e-mail: hjackson@oem.nyc.gov


Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York City’s Watershed Protection Program In Support Of Renewal Of Its Filtration Avoidance Determination For Catskill And Delaware System will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is proposing to revise and enhance its Watershed Protection Program for the Catskill and Delaware Water Supply System (accessible on NYCDEP’s website at http://nyc.gov/html/dep/html/fadplan.html). The purpose of the watershed protection program is to protect and improve existing water quality in the Catskill and Delaware water supply system by engaging in or funding various activities that serve protective and/or remedial water quality functions in the watershed. This program also allows New York City to avoid the high cost of filtering a majority of its potable water supply by qualifying for filtration avoidance under regulations administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The project is located at New York City's Upstate Watersheds.

Contact: Diane M. McCarthy, AICP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th floor, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: 718-595-6443, fax: 718-595-4479, Email: dianemc@dep.nyc.gov

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

New York City - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson Square Rezoning may have a significant adverse environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on November 15, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY. Written comments will be accepted until November 25, 2002. The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing a rezoning initiative for portions of two manufacturing districts in the Hudson Square area, from approximately the West Side Highway on the west, Barrow and Morton Streets to the north, Canal Street to the south, and Sixth Avenue and Hudson Street on the east in Manhattan Community District 2. The northern portion covers a 5˝ block area generally bounded by Barrow Street to the north, West, Washington and Greenwich streets to the west, Clarkson Street to the south and Hudson Street to the east. The southern portion of the rezoning area is generally bounded by Spring Street to the north, Washington Street to the east, Canal Street to the south and Hudson Street to the east. With the proposed zoning map amendment, the 5˝ block northern area would be changed from an M1-5 district to an M1-5/R7X Special Mixed Use District, and the 3 block southern area would be changed from an M2-4 and an M1-6 district to a C6-2A district. The proposed rezoning also involves a zoning text amendment to ZR Section 123-90 to establish the Mixed Use District. The proposed actions require City Planning Commission (CPC) and City Council approvals through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

The proposed rezoning would result in projected development on 12 sites in the rezoning area; 5 in the northern portion and 7 in the southern portion. The reasonable worse case development scenario (RWCDS) would be a net change in uses on the 12 sites as follows: increased residential and retail uses totaling 1,018 dwelling units, 88,027 square feet (sq. ft.) of retail; and decreased office, industrial, and parking uses totaling approximately 478,023 sq. ft. office, approximately 55,128 sq. ft. retail, and approximately 214 public parking spaces. The project is located at The Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 2.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Director, Environmental Assessment & Review Division, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, New York 10007-1216, phone: (212)720-3420.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York City - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed storm and sanitary drainage plans for ten (10) watersheds in South Richmond, Staten Island. A public hearing to receive comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that addresses these drainage plans will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at the offices of Community Board No. 3, 655-218 Rossville Avenue, Staten Island, New York, 10309. The hearing will commence at 7:30 PM. The purpose of the hearing is to take public comments on the South Richmond Watershed Drainage Plans DEIS dated October 9, 2002. Written comments will be accepted for at least ten (10) calendar days following the date of this hearing or until Monday, November 11. The public hearing will be held in accordance with the rules and procedures of 6NYCRR, which established the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and the City of New York Executive Order 91, which established the City Environmental Quality Review.

The watersheds for these plans are all located in Staten Island Community Board No. 3 and are defined as follows:

The proposed sanitary drainage plans would provide for the installation of sanitary sewers in each watershed to convey sanitary wastewater for treatment at DEP’s Oakwood Beach Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). Storm sewers would be installed in accordance with a plan to convey storm water while protecting, enhancing, and preserving the natural features of each watershed to the maximum possible extent. To this end, Best Management Practices (BMPs) would intercept storm water prior to its release into the wetlands and would control water quality and quantity.

Contact: Jacqueline Tansey at the Office of Environmental Planning and Assessment, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, 11th Floor, 59-17 Junction Blvd., Corona, NY 11368, phone: (718) 595-4450.