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Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), will hold a legislative public hearing on the following proposed revision to the State Implementation Plan for Ozone (Phase II Alternative Attainment Demonstration). These revisions to the SIP for Ozone include, specifically: the updated Motor Vehicle Emission Budget (MVEB) for the New York Metropolitan Area (NYMA); the required demonstration that the SIP continues to meet its purpose of attaining the 1-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and associated updated tables and appendices; an extension of the deadline date for the mid-course review to December 31, 2004; and incorporation of 6 NYCRR 218, "Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines," and 219-8, "Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Small Municipal Waste Combustion Units constructed on or before August 30, 1999," into the SIP. With regards to 6 NYCRR 218 and 6 NYCRR 219-8, which have previously completed the regulatory process (including hearings), only comments pursuant to their inclusion in the SIP will be accepted.

A hearing will be held at the following location and time:

Tuesday, June 24, 2003, 10 a.m. NYSDEC Annex, Region 2, 11-15 47th Avenue, Hearing Room 106, Long Island City, NY 11101

Information may be obtained from Robert D. Bielawa, P.E., NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3251; telephone 518-402-8396; Written comments may be submitted to the Department until close of business Tuesday, June 24, 2003.

The proposed State Implementation Plan revision may also be obtained from the following Department offices:

Voluntary Cleanup

County: Queens

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Project Title: Future Information Technology High School (Former Gould Mercereau Factory)
21-16 44th Rd., LIC, NY 11101

Site No. V00366-2

Project Location: 21-16 44th Road, Long Island City, Queens, New York

Brief Project Description: In September 2000, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with Ms. Virginia S. Peterson (Trustee of the Estate and co-owner of the property) and several other individuals (Successors, Executors, and Trustees of the Estate) to clean up the subject property (hereafter referred to as the "Site") this site. The Site is approximately 0.8 acre in size and is located in a mixed M-3 zone, a neighborhood of industrial/ manufacturing buildings, residences and commercial establishments. The Site is comprised of a former warehouse building and a parking lot located east of intersection of 21st St. and 44 Drive., in Long Island City, Queens County, New York. The Site is bordered by 44th Road on the north; by 21st Street on the west; by a manufacturing facility, jewelry factory and a pizzeria on the south, and a distribution for stationary warehouse on the east. The on-site building and the parking lot are currently under development for use as an Information Technology High School.

The Site investigations have revealed soil, soil gas and groundwater contamination with volatile organic compounds, including halogenated hydrocarbons such as 1,1,1-trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCA), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and trichloroethylene (TCE) under the main building and lead contaminated soils under the parking lot area. The on-site source of TCA and PCE was the southern drum storage area at the former Gould Mercereau Plating Factory. The contaminated soil was excavated in December 2001. The proposed remedial system (excavation of the remaining "hot spots" of contaminated soil, installation and operation of a sSoil vVapor eExtraction system, and treatment system for the groundwater) is considered adequate to remediate soil and groundwater to acceptable levels.

Written and oral comments on the Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) will be accepted until June 20, 2003. The RAWP can be viewed at the Region 2 office at the address below. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the project must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the department to impose significant changes to the Work Plan. No formal response will be made to comments received, but, as a result of comments, the Department may re-evaluate and require the volunteer to make revisions to the Work Plan.

Contact person:
Ioana Munteanu, Project Manager
NYSDEC, 47-40 21 Street, Long Island City, NY 11101;
Phone: (718) 482-4065, Fax: (718) 482-6358, E-mail:

Positive Declaration

New York City County - The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Issuance of Additional NYC Taxicab Licenses may have a signficant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission proposing to implement a means to improve demand-responsive transportation services to New Yorkers through regulatory and legislative initives, which includes the issuance of additional taxicab licenses. The fundamental objective of this effort is to seek ways to expand and upgrade mobility for New Yorks and vistors through the provisions of demand responsive services in licensed New York City taxicabs.

Contact: Peter M. Mazer, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, 40 Rector Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10006, phone: (212) 676-1117.