ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx County) - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant - Interim Plant Upgrade Phase II will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is proposing to upgrade the Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) to enhance effluent wastewater quality and comply with Federal and State regulations. The Hunts Point WPCP is located in the Hunts Point section of Bronx County, New York along the East River on approximately 39 acres of land. The upgrade improvements are to be implemented based on a priority system developed under the original Stabilization Program. In addition, under a 1995 New York State Supreme Court Modified Judgment Consent, the City of New York is required to upgrade the level of treatment at the Hunts Point WPCP to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of secondary treatment to meet nitrogen removal requirements and to provide adequate treatment of wet weather flows.

The Hunts Point WPCP upgrade is divided into three independent phases: Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III. The work proposed under the three phases is separate and distinct from each other. The analysis of potential environmental effects of Phase I was discussed in a previous Environmental Assessment Statement and received a Negative Declaration in October 2001. Phase II consists of the construction of improvements to the Hunts Point WPCP to meet New York State’s requirements for nitrogen loading through Biological Nutrient Reduction (BNR) facilities that will reduce the nitrogen discharges to the Upper East River. Phase III will be the subject of a future and separate environmental review. The Interim Phase II Plant Upgrade includes the following: replacement of blowers and air mains; optimized step-feed BNR facilities upgrade; emergency generators; and, main electrical substation. The project is located at Hunts Point WPCP, Coster Street & Ryawa Avenue, Bronx.

Contact: Crystal Johnson, NYCDEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th floor, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-4364, fax: (718) 595-4479, e-mail: cjohnson@dep.nyc.gov


New York County - The New York State Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rockaway Gateway Greenway Phase IIA - Cross Bay Boulevard Segment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. This project, an Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) Enhancement (Project Identification Number X550.27) Sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and implemented in partnership with the National Park Service, proposes the construction of a multiple-use pathway adjacent to the west side of Cross Bay Boulevard in Gateway National Recreation Area. This pathway is part of the Rockaway Gateway Greenway, one component of the larger Greenway Plan for New York City providing pedestrian and bicycle linkages and access throughout the City. The project is located on the west side of Cross Bay Boulevard from the North Channel Bridge to Broad Channel trailhead in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Contact: Peter Dunleavy, Senior Landscape Architect, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, phone: (718) 482-4642, fax: (718) 482-4660.


New York City (Manhattan County) - The NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 622-626 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application for a BSA variance pursuant to Z.R. §72-21 to permit, in a M1-5B zoning district, the proposed legalization of the Use Group 6 retail uses in the cellar. The project is located at 622-626 Broadway a/k/a 156-160 Crosby Street, Manhattan (Block 522, Lot 5).

Contact: Rory Levy, Board of Standards and Appeals, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006-1705, phone: (212) 513-4677, fax: (212) 513-4690, e-mail: rlevy@dcas.nyc.gov

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the City of New York City Planning Commission, as the lead environmental agencies, intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed extension of the 7 line and the rezoning and redevelopment program for the Hudson Yards Area of far-west Midtown Manhattan.

The Proposed Action is located within the area bounded by West 43rd Street on the north, Hudson River Park on the west, West 28th Street and West 30th Street on the south (southern boundary varies), and Seventh and Eighth Avenues on the east (eastern boundary varies), and is located between Manhattan’s Clinton and Chelsea neighborhoods.

The EIS will evaluate alternatives that provide enhanced transit access and transit- oriented redevelopment of the Hudson Yards Area. The proposed action includes extension of the 7 line subway, adoption of zoning map and text amendments to the New York City Zoning Resolution, expansion and modernization of the Jacob K. Javits Center, and development of a new multi-use sports, exhibition, and entertainment facility.

The EIS will evaluate a No Action Alternative, various Build Alternatives, and any additional alternatives generated by the scoping process. The Build Alternatives under consideration include each of the separate projects and each possible combination of projects, as well as alternative zoning changes, transit modes, subway extension alignments, Convention Center expansion, and multi-use facilities options.

The scoping process involves a series of meetings and communications with interested individuals, organizations, and federal, state, regional, and local agencies. Information regarding the project, including the Draft Scoping Document is available on the MTA website at: www.mta.info (click “Inside the MTA”, then “Planning Studies”, and “Proposed No. 7 Subway Extension”.), at the DCP Hudson Yards website at www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/yards/hymain.html, or by writing to Emil Dul, MTA New York City Transit Capital Programs Management-Environmental Engineering Department, 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, or Robert Dobruskin, New York Department of City Planning, Environmental Department, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, NY 10007.

Scoping Date and Meeting Location

Thursday, June 5, 2003

Afternoon Session: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Evening Session: begins at 6:00 p.m.

Fashion Institute of Technology
27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
Haft Auditorium-Building C
Manhattan

Directions: 1, 9 to 28th Street; C, E to 23rd; M20 bus

Registration to speak will be open until 3 p.m. for the afternoon session and until 7 p.m. for the evening session on the day of the hearing. Verbal testimony is limited to three (3) minutes for each speaker.

To register to speak in advance of the hearing, call 212-799-8803, ext. 07.

The public hearing site is accessible to the mobility-impaired. Interpreter services will be available for the hearing-impaired upon advance request.