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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), will hold joint hearings on amendments to proposed rules, 6 NYCRR Part 228, Surface Coating Processes, and Part 200, General Provisions, and on New York’s State Implementation Plan. Hearings will be held for amendments to the proposed rulemaking and State Implementation Plan at the following locations and times:

Monday, March 3, 2003, 1:00 P.M.
NYSDEC Annex, Region 2
11 - 15 47th Avenue, Hearing Room 106
Long Island City, NY 11101

Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 1:00 P.M.
NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Conference Room 919
Albany, NY 12233

Friday, March 7, 2003, 1:00 P.M.
Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court Street, Hearing Room Part 1
Buffalo NY 14203

The Department invites all persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies that may be affected by the proposed revisions to attend the hearings. At each hearing, persons who wish to make a statement will be invited to speak. It is requested that oral statements also be submitted in writing. The Department will give equal weight to written and oral statements, and since a cumulative record will be compiled it is not necessary for interested parties to attend each hearing.

The hearings are scheduled in places that are reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility. At the hearings, the Department will provide interpreter services for deaf persons at no charge. Written requests are required and should be submitted by February 17, 2003, to Arlene Schmidt, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3250, 518 402-8465.

Congress established the Northeast Ozone Transport Region (OTR) and the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) as part of the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act (CAA). The OTR is comprised of the States of Maine, Vermont, NewHampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and a portion of northern Virginia. Part 228, the Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing (MERR) model rule is an outcome of OTC’s efforts to reduce ground-level ozone. New York State intends to fulfill its obligations under the OTC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by incorporating this model rule into 6 NYCRR Part 228.

Pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations for the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Department has prepared a Negative Declaration stating that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the environment.

Information may be obtained from Bradford Shaw, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3254, telephone: 518 402-8403; email, bdshaw@gw.dec.state.ny.us Written statements will be received until 5 p.m., March 13, 2003.

The proposed regulation may be obtained from any of the following Department offices:

Region 1, Building #40, State University of New York, Stony Brook NY 11790, Attention: Ajay Shah
Region 2, Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City NY 11101, Attention: Amar Nagi
Region 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz NY 12561, Attention: Robert Stanton
Region 4, 1150 North Westcott Road, Schenectady NY 12306, Attention: Rick Leone
Region 5, Hudson Street Extension, Box 220, Warrensburg NY 12885, Attention: Michael Stawarz
Region 6, Watertown State Office Bldg , 317 Washington St , Watertown NY 13601, Attn: Tom Morgan
Region 7, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse NY 13204-2400, Attention: Reginald Parker
Region 8, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon NY 14414, Attention: Thomas Marriott
Region 9, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202, Attention: Larry Sitzman