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Notice of Public Scoping Session

DEC Region # 9
County: Niagara
Lead Agency: NYSDEC

Project Title: Allied/BFI Waste Systems of North America, Inc. (BFI) Proposed Sanitary VIII Landfill

A public scoping session will be held at the Town of Niagara Town Hall on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Copies of the Draft Scoping Document are available at the Town of Niagara Town Hall, 7105 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls; Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls; LaSalle Branch Public Library, 8728 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls; and DECís Buffalo Office.

Brief Project Description: The action involves the construction and operation of a proposed Sanitary VIII Landfill to be located in the central area of the existing BFI site. Of the approximately 370 acre site, about 160 acres contain closed or operational solid waste landfill facilities, 45 acres are closed intermediate or chemical waste landfill facilities, 6 acres consist of a water treatment facility, 30 acres are unusable due to location and proximity to existing on-site facilities, 15 acres are for site perimeter drainage or storm water retention, and 30 acres are reserved for site administration, offices and access. Therefore, about 84 acres exist within the center of the site for future landfill construction. The Sanitary VIII Landfill is proposed to be located in that acreage and would be entirely within the Town of Niagara.

Project Location: The BFI facility, formerly Niagara Recycling, Inc., is located on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the City of Niagara Falls and in the Town of Niagara in Niagara County. The site is bounded by the New York State Thruway I-190 to the east and north, Packard Road to the north and west, the Niagara Junction Railroad to the west, and Niagara Falls Boulevard and a Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation right-of-way to the south.

Contact Person: Jeffrey E. Dietz, NYSDEC Region 9, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203-2999, phone: (716) 851-7165.

Negative Declaration

Erie County - The NYS Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ridge Road Bridge over various railroads will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the near complete removal of the existing nine span structure and its replacement with a new nine span structure, with associated approach roadway work, on existing horizontal alignment. The vertical profile will be improved to enhance stopping sight distance. The project is located in the City of Lackawanna.

Contact: Joseph Polchlopek, NYSDOT, General Donovan State Office Building, 125 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203-3088, phone: (716) 847-3037.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

This notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act) of the Environmental Conservation Law.

The Towns of Ripley and Westfield, New York, as co-lead agencies, have each determined that the proposed action described below may have a significant effect on the environment and that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared.

Name of Action: Chautauqua Wind Farm

SEQR Status: Type I

Scoping: A Draft Public Scoping Document for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Chautauqua Wind Farm has been prepared by the applicant and accepted by Town of Ripley and the Town of Westfield for review and comment by all interested and involved agencies and the public. A public hearing on the Draft Public Scoping Document will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2003, from 2:00-4:00 pm and from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Eason Hall, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, New York 14787. Written comments will be received through the close of business on Friday, August 29, 2003. Written comments may be submitted to: 1) John Potter, Supervisor, 1 Park Street, Ripley, New York 14775; or, 2) Martha Bills, Supervisor, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, New York 14787. The Towns of Ripley and Westfield will submit a Final Public Scoping Document to the applicant on or before September 29, 2003.

Description of Action: The installation and operation of an approximately 50 megawatt wind energy facility consisting of up to 34 wind turbines, an electrical substation and an interconnection to a nearby existing 230 kV transmission line within an estimated 6 mile long by 1-mile wide area in the Towns of Ripley and Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, that runs along a ridge approximately 3 miles inland from the shore of Lake Erie, generally between Rte. 76 in the Town of Ripley and Sherman Road in the Town of Westfield.

Reasons Supporting This Determination: After considering the action contemplated and reviewing the Environmental Assessment Form prepared by the applicant and the criteria for determining significance in the SEQR Regulations (6 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 617.7 (c)), each Town Board finds that the proposed action will have a significant impact on the environment based on the following findings:

The proposed project will interfere with the movement of migratory birds and may have impacts on a threatened or endangered species of bird.

The proposed project may impair the character or quality of important historical and aesthetic resources of the existing community and neighborhood.

The proposed project will impact the visual aesthetics of the existing community and neighborhood.

The proposed project will change the use and may change the quality of existing agricultural land.

The proposed project may adversely impact the noise level in the vicinity of the proposed project.

The required use of heavy construction equipment may adversely impact local roads that are not built to sustain the loads from such equipment.

The tower or turbine blade fall and ice shedding from turbine blades, noise and access to tower structures might adversely impact public safety.

Micro-scale wind-flow disturbance might have an adverse impact on the local agricultural industry of grape-growing.

Construction of the proposed project may impact state or federal wetlands.

Construction of the proposed project may impact the Ripley watershed, or springs in the Towns of Ripley and Westfield.

Construction of the proposed project may impact the character of the community.

For Further Information:
Contact Person for the Town of Ripley, New York:
John Potter
1 Park Street
Ripley, New York 14775

Contact Person for the Town of Westfield, New York:
Martha Bills
23 Elm Street
Westfield, New York 14787

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Erie County - The Town of Lancaster, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption of a Comprehensive Plan. The action involves the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan that addresses issues of land use, economy, community services, emergency, services, recreation/open space, environment

, population, housing, etc. The project is located in the Town of Lancaster.

Contact: Richard J. Sherwood, Town Attorney, 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, phone: (716) 684-3342.