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Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), will hold legislative public hearings on the following proposed rules and revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for 6 NYCRR Subpart 201-3 and Subpart 227-2.

The changes proposed for 6 NYCRR Subpart 201-3 and Subpart 227-2 would reduce the emission limits for several types of stationary internal combustion engines. This proposed rule making marks a sustained series of actions undertaken by New York State (NYS), in concert with EPA and other states, to control emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so that NYS may attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The NOx SIP will be revised to include the changes to 6 NYCRR Subpart 201-3 and Subpart 227-2.

The hearings will be held at the following locations and times:

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: NYSDEC Annex, Region 2
11-15 47th Avenue
Hearing Room 106
Long Island City, NY 11101

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2003
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Mahoney State Office Building
65 Court Street
Hearing Room Part 1
Buffalo, NY 14203

Date: Friday, August 22, 2003
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Public Assembly Rooms 129A&B
Albany, NY 12233

The public 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 for such services are required and should be submitted by Friday, August 8, 2003, to Christine Barnes, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3250; (518) 402-8451; e-mail: cabarnes@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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 a significant 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 the hearings, persons who wish to make a statement will be invited to speak. There will be one hearing record for the entire proceeding which will include any comments received on any of the proposed actions addressed in this Notice. Persons wishing to speak on a particular topic will be invited to speak in the order deemed most appropriate by the ALJ, not necessarily in the order of the rules/SIP revision listed above. The Department may take different actions on each of the items listed above based upon comments. It is requested that oral statements also be submitted in writing. The Department will give equal weight to written and oral statements. Since a cumulative record will be compiled, it is not necessary for interested parties to attend the hearings on all days.

Information concerning Subpart Part 201-3 and Subpart 227-2 may be obtained from Michael Jennings, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3254, telephone: (518) 402-8403; email, mxjennin@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Written statements may be submitted until 5:00 p.m., August 29, 2003.

Information concerning the revision to the SIP may be obtained from Robert Bielawa, P.E., NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3251, telephone (518) 402-8396; email srbotsfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us Written statements may be submitted to the Department until 5:00 p.m., August 29, 2003.

The proposed regulations, SIP revisions, and supporting information 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: James Coutant
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

Notice of Availability

Project Title: Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan for Comment Brewer Street Site V00214-8

Project Location: Region 8, Genesee River Gorge, Brewer Street, Rochester (C), Monroe (C)

Brief Project Description: This site is located in the Genesee River Gorge adjacent to the middle falls in the City of Rochester, Monroe County. The site is currently owned by RG&E. In 1984 and 1985, Monroe County used a portion of the site under an easement granted by RG&E during the construction of the Cliff Street Siphon Tunnel Project. During sewer tunnel construction, coal tar was encountered. To facilitate construction of the sewer tunnel, two settling lagoons were constructed on-site to separate coal tars from water that was pumped out of the tunnel. The outfall of the lagoons discharged to a wetland adjacent to the Genesee River (the marsh area). Contaminants settled in the base of the lagoons and apparently leaked into the surrounding soils. The lagoons were closed in-place in 1985. Closure activities included excavation of visibly contaminated soils from several areas of the site. The property is currently vacant. In 1998, RG&E and Monroe County (the Volunteers) conducted an extensive on-site investigation of groundwater, soil and river sediments. The results of the investigation indicated coal tar product and constituents in groundwater, soils, and river sediments. Coal tar seeps were noted at the base of the middle falls dam floodgate.

A remediation work plan was developed and it provides the details for excavation and removal of contaminated sediments and soils at the Brewer Street Site. It also includes a health and safety plan to address worker and community safety. Implementation of the remediation will take approximately 4 months. The first phase of work started the week of June 9, 2003 and includes preparation of access roads to the site. The next phase of construction began during the week of July 7, 2003 and involves construction of a cofferdam in the Genesee River. A cofferdam is a temporary dam that will allow construction crews to excavate the river sediments below the level of the river. Once the cofferdam is in place and the river level is dropped, excavation of contaminated sediments and soils will begin. During this phase, air quality will be monitored and all reasonable efforts will be made to control odors that may be generated from excavation of river sediments and contaminated soils. A NYSDEC representative will be on-site for most of these excavations.

Upon completion of remediation, the site will be backfilled with clean soils and seeded. The temporary cofferdam will be removed and the site will be monitored to determine the effectiveness of the cleanup. If the remediation does not successfully mitigate the coal tar seeps, there are provisions in the remediation work plan to perform additional remedial measures. The proposed site use is open-space park land.

Public Comment Period ends: August 8, 2003

Contact person: Todd M. Caffoe, P.E., NYSDEC - Region Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, phone: (585)226-5350, fax: (585)226-8696, email: tmcaffoe@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Negative Declaration

Steuben County - The City of Hornell, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Village of Portville Wastewater System Improvements Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves improvements to the existing water distribution system on both the SW and SE hillside neighborhoods. The project is located in the City of Hornell.

Contact: Heather Reynolds, 82 Main Street, P.O. Box 627, Hornell, NY 14843, phone: (607) 324-7421, fax: (607) 324-3150.