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Public Notice

Availability of Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Decommissioning and/or Long-Term Stewardship at the West Valley Demonstration Project and Western New York Nuclear Service Center

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are announcing their intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Decommissioning and/or Long-Term Stewardship at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) and Western New York Nuclear Service Center (also known as the "Center"). The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will participate as cooperating agencies under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA, 42 USC 4321 et seq.). In addition, NYSDEC will participate as an involved agency under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) with respect to NYSERDA’s proposed actions. DOE, under NEPA, and NYSERDA, under SEQRA, plan to evaluate the range of reasonable alternatives in this EIS to address their respective responsibilities at the Center, including those under the West Valley Demonstration Project Act (Public Law 96-368), Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (as amended), and all other applicable Federal and State statutes.

This EIS will revise the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Completion of the West Valley Demonstration Project and Closure or Long-Term Management of Facilities at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center (DOE/EIS-0226-D, January 1996, also referred to as the 1996 Cleanup and Closure Draft EIS). Based on decommissioning criteria for the WVDP issued by NRC since the Cleanup and Closure EIS was published, DOE and NYSERDA propose to evaluate five alternatives: Unrestricted Site Release, Partial Site Release without Restrictions, Partial Site Release with Restrictions, Monitor and Maintain under Current Operations, and No-Action.

DATES: DOE and NYSERDA are inviting public comments on the scope and content of the Decommissioning and/or Long-Term Stewardship EIS. Comments must be received by April 28, 2003. DOE and NYSERDA will hold two public scoping meetings on the EIS at the Ashford Office Complex, located at 9030 Route 219 in the Town of Ashford, NY, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on April 9, 2003 and April 10, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Address comments on the scope of the Decommissioning and/or Long-Term Stewardship EIS to the DOE Document Manager:

Mr. Daniel W. Sullivan
West Valley Demonstration Project
U.S. Department of Energy, WV-49
10282 Rock Springs Road
West Valley, New York 14171
Telephone: (800) 633-5280
Facsimile: (716) 942-4199
E-mail: sonja.allen@wvnsco.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: For information regarding the WVDP or the EIS, contact Mr. Daniel Sullivan as described above. Those seeking general information on DOE’s NEPA process should contact:

Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, (EH-42)
Director
Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
Telephone: (202) 586-4600
Facsimile: (202) 586-7031
or leave a message at 1-800-472-2756, toll-free.

Questions for NYSERDA should be directed to:

Mr. Paul J. Bembia
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
10282 Rock Springs Road
West Valley, New York 14171
Telephone: (716) 942-4900
Facsimile: (716) 942-2148
E-mail: pjb@nyserda.org

Those seeking general information on the SEQRA process should contact:

Mr. Hal Brodie
Deputy Counsel
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 12203-6399
Telephone: (518) 862-1090, ext. 3280
Facsimile: (518) 862-1091
E-mail: hb1@nyserda.org

DOE and NYSERDA have prepared a detailed Notice of Intent for the Environmental Impact Statement which is available on the internet at www.nyserda.org/programs/ and at http://tis.eh.doe.gov/nepa under "What’s New."

Additional information about NYSERDA’s West Valley Site Management Program is available on the internet at www.nyserda.org/programs/ Additional information about the WVDP is available on the internet at www.wv.doe.gov/linkingpages/insidewestvalley.htm


6 NYCRR Part 205, Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings, and amend Part 200, General Provisions.

The Department proposes to amend Part 205 to revise the architectural coatings volatiles organic compound (VOC) limits that are found in New York State regulation. It will set specific VOC limits (in grams per liter) for 52 AIM coating categories and require compliance with those limits by January 1, 2005. Also being amended is Part 200, General Provisions, and New York’s State Implementation Plan.

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, and 19-0305, the Department hereby gives notice of the following joint hearings for the proposed rulemaking and State Implementation Plan at the following locations and times:

April 28, 2003 1 p.m. NYSDEC Annex, Region 2, 11 - 15 47th Avenue, Hearing Room 106, Long Island City NY 11101
April 30, 2003 1 p.m. Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court Street, Hearing Room Part 1, Buffalo NY 14203
May 2, 2003 1 p.m. NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Public Assembly Rooms 129A & B, Albany NY 12233

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 April 14, 2003 to Stephanie Liddle, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3251, sxliddle@gw.dec.state.ny.us 518 402-8396.

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 an adverse effect on the environment.

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 Daniel S. Brinsko, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3251, telephone: 518 402-8396; email, dsbrinsk@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Written statements will be received until 5 p.m., May 12, 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: Sam Lieblich

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: 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 Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202, Attention: Larry Sitzman

Meeting Notice

Stakeholders Group for the Distributed Generation Rule Making Project

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Stakeholders Group for the Distributed Generation Rule Making Project will be held on:

April 8, 2003 9:30 AM Public Assembly Room 129A
NYS DEC Main Office
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233

The purpose of the Stakeholders Group is to provide guidance to the Department as it prepares rules for regulating distributed generation sources. Distributed generation (DG) sources are those that are used to produce electricity and/or heating at the facility where the DG sources are located. The purpose of the meeting to be held on April 8, 2003 is to discuss the Department’s initial proposal for emission limits which would apply to DG sources. These proposed standards will be made available to the members of the Stakeholders Group on or about March 25, 2003 and may be obtained by contacting John Barnes, P.E. of the NYSDEC Division of Air Resources at (518) 402-8396, or via e-mail at jdbarnes@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The meeting is open to the public.

Revised Public Notice

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., March 26, 2003 in Room 129B of the Department’s main offices at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.

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

This meeting is open to the public.

Notice of Availability

Notice of Availability of Commissioner Policy on Environmental Justice and Permitting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a Commissioner Policy on Environmental Justice and Permitting (Policy). The policy contains groundbreaking elements which will lead the nation in environmental justice. The policy incorporates environmental justice concerns into its environmental permit process and amends the DEC environmental permit process by: among other things, identifying potential environmental justice areas; 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 potential environmental justice areas with the potential for at least one significant, adverse environmental impact; providing alternative dispute resolution opportunities to allow communities and project sponsors to resolve issues of concern to the community, and establishing a technical assistance grant program to enable community groups in potential environmental justice areas to more effectively participate in the environmental permit review process.

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law 70-0105, the policy shall become effective 30 days after this notice has been published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The 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, 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
Facsimile (518) 402-9018
Email: ej@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Notice of Emergency Adoption

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, sections 1-0101(3)(b), 1-0101(3)(d), 3-0301(1)(d), 3-0301(1)(i), 3-0301(2)(m) and 9-0105(1) the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Adoption of Emergency Regulations to amend 6NYCRR Section 196.4, Operation of Mechanically Propelled Vessels and Aircraft in the Forest Preserve

For further information contact: Peter Frank, Bureau of Forest Preserve Management, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4254, phone: (518) 473-9518.