ENB - STATEWIDE NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Revised Public Meeting

Environmental Board Meeting

The State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Environmental Board will be held at 2:00 p.m., February 11, 2003 in Room 129B of the Department’s main offices at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.

The Environmental Board will consider the following rulemaking actions of the Department of Environmental Conservation:

This meeting is open to the public.

Ruth L. Earl
Executive Secretary
State Environmental Board

Notice of Availability of State Funds

Municipalities with a Current State Contract for the Purchase of Development Rights on Farmland

Supplemental State Assistance Payments for Agricultural and Farmland Protection Projects

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announces the availability of supplemental funding for municipalities with a current State contract for purchase of development rights (PDR) on farmland. The Supplemental Funding Program is intended to provide a process for equitably allocating available funds to projects currently under contract that are jeopardized by unforeseen circumstances and require additional funding to complete. Projects will be evaluated based on:

  1. justification of need for supplemental funding;
  2. likely adverse consequences to project if supplemental funding is not provided;
  3. documentation of additional costs supports request for funding; and
  4. likelihood project will be successfully completed if funding is provided.

State funds awarded to any applicant shall not exceed 75 percent of the total project cost.

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 14, 2003 at the following address: Lucy Roberson, Director, Division of Fiscal Management, Department of Agriculture and Markets, One Winners Circle, Albany, New York 12235.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets is mailing a coy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to all eligible municipalities. To request a copy of the RFP, please contact: Ken Grudens, Farmland Protection Program Manager at the above address, (518) 457-2713, or view the Department's website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us.

Public Notice

6 NYCRR Part 210, Emissions and Labeling Requirements for Personal Watercraft Engines, and Part 200 General Provisions

The Department proposes to promulgate a new Part 210, entitled, Emissions and Labeling Requirements for Personal Watercraft Engines, and repeal existing Part 210, Centrally Fueled Fleets, an expired emergency regulation. Implementation of a personal watercraft emissions reduction program is mandated by ECL 19-0306a. The program is designed to reduce hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen emissions from all new personal watercraft, and is required to be consistent with California air emissions reduction and labeling regulations for new spark ignition marine engines for use in personal watercraft.

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

Monday March 10, 2003, 1 p.m.
Mahoney State Office Building
65 Court Street, Hearing Room Part 6
Buffalo NY 14203

Tuesday March 11, 2003,1 p.m.
Onondaga Community College
Applied Technology Center
4915 Onondaga Road, Room 102
Syracuse NY 13215

Wednesday March 12, 2003, 1 p.m.
NYSDEC Annex, Region 2, 11 - 15 47th Avenue
Hearing Room 108
Long Island City NY 11101

Thursday, March 13, 2003, 1 p.m.
NYSDEC, 625 Broadway
Public Assembly Rooms 129A & B
Albany NY 12233

Hearings are scheduled in places that are reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility. The Department will provide interpreter services for deaf persons at no charge. Written requests for interpreter services are required and should be submitted by February 24, 2003, to Arlene Schmidt, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3250, 518 402-8465, .

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.

Information, may be obtained from Joseph Iannotti, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3255, telephone, 518 402-8292; email, jjiannot@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Written statements will be received until 5 P.M., March 21, 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 Rd., 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: T. 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


Intent to Approve General Motor's Alternative Compliance Plan for Meeting NYSDEC 6 NYCRR Part 218-4 Zero Emission Vehicle Requirements

General Motors Corporation (GM) has submitted a proposed Alternative Compliance Plan (ACP) in accordance with the provisions of subpart 218-4.2 for the generation of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits for compliance with New York State’s ZEV mandate. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) proposes to approve that plan. The proposed plan includes information claimed by General Motors as business confidential. Therefore, a summary of the proposal is included, as described below.

Summary of General Motors Corporation Alternative Compliance Plan.

General Motors Corporation (GM) will place into service a number of reconditioned EV 1 battery electric automobiles, equipped with advanced Nickel metal hydride batteries. These are vehicles which have recently come off lease in California, and have been thoroughly reconditioned, and batteries brought up to specific standards. The vehicles will be placed in service with employees at GMs Global Alternative Propulsion Center (GAPC) in Honeoye Falls, New York. The vehicles will be used by employees at the site as regular use vehicles, including commuting, errands, family and community use. GM will promote the use of the vehicles in high visibility applications by its employees.

GM will also place up to 8 EV 1s with one or more New York State agencies. The Department has been asked to identify the appropriate agencies, with the express desire by GM that this be limited to one or two agencies in close proximity. These vehicles will be for general use by the agency, although assignment by the agency to individuals on a rotational basis (to maximize vehicle use and driver input, exposure of individuals to the technology, and program visibility) would be desirable.

Both GM and Government drivers of the EV 1s will be required to complete log sheets and questionnaires for the vehicle operations, to provide feedback on the vehicle technology. Information collected will provide real world data regarding advanced EVs in the northeast climate and roadways. Vehicle performance data and driver response will provide information useful in continuing the development and advancement of zero and advanced emission technology.

GM will place chargers at the GAPC and State Agency fleet locations to serve the recharge needs of those vehicles. GM may place additional chargers at strategic locations in the Rochester area, and potentially additional chargers to extend the state fleet range. Additional chargers placed in this manner will generate additional program credits for GM.

GM has indicated its intent to place into service a number of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) at various locations in New York State. These vehicles are being placed in restricted use areas, such as campgrounds, parks, etc.

GM has projected introduction of gasoline Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEVs) in New York during the planning period of the ACP. These are gasoline vehicles which are certified to Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle tailpipe standards, meet California’s Zero evaporative emissions standards, and are provided a 150,000 mile emissions system warranty.

GM has committed to offering for sale or lease in New York any advanced technology vehicle models that GM sell or leases in California during the term of this ACP.

General Motors Corporation will earn Zero Emission Vehicle credits through the conduct of this alternative compliance plan. Credits earned will be sufficient to offset requirements for ZEV credits under the ZEV mandate included in 6NYCRR 218-4.1. In addition, under this Alternative Compliance Plan, GM will earn sufficient credits to carry forward into future years, after the term of this ACP, to be used as determined by GM.

Public Notice - Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Draft Amendment # 2 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued September 26, 2002

Municipalities and Owners/operators of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems

New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) propose to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 26, 2002 to add a DWSRF project to the Project Readiness List and adjust its estimated project cost. A project description and explanation of the reason for the addition and cost increase are included in the table below:

Borrower County Project Description DWSRF # Current IUP Cost Proposed IUP Cost Explanation
Mount Pleasant (T) Westchester Water distribution system improvements & system interconnections (phase 2 of DWSRF #15244), Upgrade Distribution System 17128 $5,198,000 $5,378,800 This project appeared on the 2003 IUP multiyear list but was excluded from 2003 IUP readiness list due to a database input error.

The revised cost is based on the actual construction cost.

The Department has determined that the project cost increase is necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept. In addition, the scope of the project has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. The addition of this project and its project cost increase will not adversely affect any other project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted change, there is no other change to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings.

Written statements or comments on the addition of the above DWSRF project to the Project Readiness List will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on February 20, 2003 and should be filed with:

Mr. Michael E. Burke, P.E.
Director
Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Fax Number: (518) 402-7659

The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOH’s toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.