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Notice of Adoption

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 11-0303, 13-0105, 13-0338, 13-0339-a, 13-0340, 13-0340-a, 13-0340-b, 13-0340-d, 13-0340-e, 13-0340-f, and 13-0347, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption for 6NYCRR Part 40 relating to marine finfish. The adoption notice will be published in issue 26 of the State Register, dated 07/2/2003.

For further information contact: Byron Young, Bureau of Marine Resources, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, 205 N. Belle Meade Rd., East Setauket, NY 11733, phone: (631) 444-0435 E-mail: bhyoung@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Notice

Project Title: Availability of the Proposed Remedial Action Work Plan for public comment for Brooklyn Navy Yard, Film Studio Site Operable Unit 1, Voluntary Cleanup site. Site No. V00120

Project Location: Former Building No. 296 (Operable Unit-1), Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York 11205.

Brief Project Description: In March 1998, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the City of New York entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (VCA). The purpose of this agreement is to investigate and remediate any potential contamination at the 213-acre former Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York. The proposed redevelopment of a portion of this property includes two commercial film studios: Former Building No. 296 (Operable Unit 1) and Former Building 294 (Operable Unit-2). Operable Unit 1 (OU-1), hereafter referred to as the “site,” represents 4.7 acres of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Industrial Park Property (BNYIP). This is the first of two studios planned for construction. The Site is located within the eastern portion of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and is zoned for industrial and commercial use. The Site is bordered by Building No. 664 (warehouse and distribution center) to the east, Building No.7 (electrical switch and transformer building) to the south, former Building No. 294 (now demolished) to the west, and Washington Ave to the north.

Environmental investigations conducted at the site identified low-level contamination present in subsurface soils. A fill layer existing 0-15 feet below grade was found to contain concentrations of metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that exceed New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Recommended Soil Cleanup Objectives (RSCOs). These soil contaminants are attributed to historic industrial activities at the site, namely the placement of urban fill (i.e., coal residue, cinder ash, and brick fragments). Historically, urban fill was often placed along shorelines to create more land suitable for development. No hazardous waste was identified during the investigation that would significantly impact air quality.

Groundwater at the site is contaminated with PAHs above New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) drinking water standards. Due to the intrusion of salt water into the on-site aquifer, groundwater at the site is not used for potable or industrial uses. The site is supplied with public water and no exposure pathways (dermal, inhalation, or ingestion) to on-site groundwater are expected. The site is paved, therefore no exposure to on-site surface or sub-surface soil is expected.

The proposed Remedial Action Work Plan for this site includes covering contaminated soils with an engineered cap and imposing a deed restriction that will be certified annually. This deed restriction ensures that the site can only be used for commercial or industrial purposes, groundwater at the site cannot be used as drinking water without proper treatment as determined by local health officials, and excavation of on-site soils cannot be conducted without the prior notification to NYSDEC and NYSDOH. The selection of this remedial alternative is based on its permanence and long-term effectiveness in the prevention of environmental and human health exposures at the Site.

Written and oral comments on the Remedial Action Work Plan will be accepted until July 25, 2003. The Remedial Action Work Plan 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: Jonathan Greco, NYSDEC 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016, phone: (518) 402- 9774, fax: (518) 402-9622, e-mail: jxgreco@gw.state.ny.us

Notice of Public Hearing and Comment Period

New York County - The Empire State Development Corporation, as SEQR lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment on the proposed Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment. A public hearing will be held on June 25, 2003 to take comments on the General Project Plan and Draft SEA for the Modified Project. The hearing will be from 5-7 p.m. at the James A. Farley Post Office, entrance at 380 West 33rd Street. Comments will be accepted on the GPP and SEA until close of business July 7, 2003. SEA comments should be forwarded to the contact person list below. This Draft SEA examines the proposed Penn Station Redevelopment Project (the "Modified Project") as now amended from the proposed Project examined in the 1999 EA. The action involves proposes to undertake this purchase for the redevelopment of the Farley Building into a new Penn Station intermodal transportation facility and commercial center. The project is located at the James A Farley Post Office (the "Farley Building") on Eighth Avenue between West 31st and West 33rd Streets in Manhattan, New York County.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6754, phone (212)803-3100; rshatz@empire.state.ny.us.

Cancellation of Public Scoping Meeting

Richmond County - The New York City Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has cancelled the public scoping session for June 25, 2003 for the proposed Richmondtown Roadway Improvement Project. This meeting will not be scheduled at a later date.

Contact: Naim Rasheed, Chief, CEQR/Project Analysis, New York City Department of Transportation, 40 Worth Street, Rm. 928, New York, NY 10013: phone: 212-676-1680; fax: 212-442-7912, e-mail: nrasheed@dot.nyc.gov

Positive Declaration, Public Scoping Meeting and Public Scoping Comment Period

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation ("LMDC"), a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation (a political subdivision and public benefit corporation of the State of New York), as lead agency, intends to prepare a generic environmental impact statement ("GEIS") for the proposed World Trade Center Memorial and Redevelopment Plan ("Proposed Action") in cooperation with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The World Trade Center Site is bounded generally by Church Street on the east, Liberty Street on the south, West Street on the west, and Vesey Street on the north.

The Proposed Action contemplates the construction of a World Trade Center memorial and memorial-related improvements, as well as commercial, retail, museum and cultural facilities, new open space areas, new street configurations, and certain infrastructure improvements at the World Trade Center Site, a 16 acre area in Lower Manhattan. Alternatives that will be looked at in the GEIS will include a no-build alternative and a reasonable range of other alternatives, such as design alternatives or, if feasible, a "no impact" or "reduced impact" alternative that might accomplish LMDC’s goals for the Proposed Action, as well as any additional alternatives generated by the scoping process.

Two public comment meetings on the Draft Scope will be held to solicit public comments from interested individuals, organizations, and federal, state, regional, and local agencies. Information regarding the project, and a copy of the Draft Scope, is available on LMDC's website: www.RenewNYC.com in "Planning, Design & Development," or by contacting Avalon Simon, Legal Assistant, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10006; Telephone: (212) 962-2300; Fax: (212) 962-2431; E-mail: wtcenvironmental@renewnyc.com.

Scoping Date and Meeting Location
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Afternoon Session: 2 PM to 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT")
Evening Session: 6 PM to 9 PM EDT
Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich and West Streets)

Directions: The Tribeca Performing Arts Center is accessible by public transportation to Chambers Street, including the subway via 1/9, 2/3 to Chambers Street; A/C to Chambers Street; N/R to City Hall; 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge.

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

Following the public comment meetings on the Draft Scope, the public comment period on the Draft Scope will remain open for written comments, which must be received by LMDC by 5 PM EDT on August 4, 2003. Comments should be sent to:

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
Attention: Comments WTC Memorial and Redevelopment Plan/DGEIS
One Liberty Plaza
New York, NY 10006

Comments on the Draft Scope may also be submitted until 5 PM EDT on August 4, 2003, on LMDC's website, www.RenewNYC.com, in "Planning, Design & Development" (visit http://www.renewnyc.com/plan_des_dev/frm_comments.asp, then choose the category “Environmental/Plan Review”).

Notice of Acceptance of a Draft EIS

New York City County - The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Arverne Urban Renewal Area. The action proposes to develop portions of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area (Arverne URA) in the borough of Queens. The Arverne URA is a 308 acre beachfront site located in Queens Community District 14, in the eastern portion of the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City. The URA consists predominately of flat, vacant land, overgrown with grass and low vegetation, that is generally unutilized. Most of it is City-owned, having been designated an urban renewal area in the 1960s. The Arverne URA incorporates the Project Site, which contains 259.2 of the URA's 308 acres inclusive of public streets.

HPD is proposing a set of actions that would result in the redevelopment of most of the vacant portions of the URA. The major actions that HPD would undertake include amendment of the Arverne Urban Renewal Plan, amendment of the City Map, amendment of the zoning map, acquisition of private property, and the disposition of City owned property to private developers. These actions would result in the phased development of up to 3,900 housing units, up to 770,000 square feet of commercial space, new community facilities including a school and a community recreation center, an approximately 35 acre central area park, privately owned but publicly accessible open space, beachfront preserve areas, and public parking.

Contact: Helen Gitelson, Director (212) 863-8052, Tom Bura, Project Manager, Environmental Remediation & Special Projects Unit, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038.

Notice of Acceptance of a Final EIS

New York City County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Hudson Square Rezoning. The action involves DCP is proposing an amendment to the zoning map to change an M1-5 district to a Special Mixed Use M1-5/R7X district for a 5½ block area and from M1-6 and M2-4 districts to a C6-2A district for a 3 block area in the Hudson Square section of Community District 2 in Manhattan. The two areas to be rezoned are non-contiguous and separated by a distance of approximately 5 blocks. DCP is also proposing a text amendment to Zoning Resolution Section 123-90 to create a new Special Mixed Use District, MX-6: Hudson Square.

The proposed action could result in a net increase of approximately 1,018 dwelling units and 92,532 sf of retail space on 12 projected development sites by the build year 2013. In addition, the proposed action could result in a net decrease of approximately 507,696 sf of commercial space (non-retail), 55,128 sf of industrial space, and 334 parking spaces on the projected development sites. Nine potential development sites have also been identified.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Rm. 4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423, fax: (212) 720-3495.