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Project Description: The Empire State Newsprint Project will consist of a recycled newsprint manufacturing plant and a nominal 505 MW combined cycle cogeneration plant.

The recycled newsprint manufacturing plant will be located on the northern portion of the site where the existing BASF manufacturing plant is located. A majority of the existing buildings at the BASF manufacturing plant will be demolished to accommodate construction of the recycling facility. The recycled newsprint manufacturing plant will consist of a deinking plant, stock preparation and paper mill and finishing and shipping. The recycled newsprint manufacturing plant will process approximately 430,000 metric tonnes/year of waste newspapers and magazines to produce 330,000 metric tonnes/year of 100 percent-recycled newsprint.

The cogeneration plant will supply steam and electricity (approximately 55 MW) to the recycled newsprint manufacturing plant. The remainder of the electricity generated will be offered on the merchant market. The cogeneration plant is configured with two GE Frame 7FA combustion turbines with dry low-nitrogen oxide (NOx) combusters, heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), a steam turbine and an auxiliary boiler. With all of these components of the facility included, the maximum electrical output will be 670 MW. The cogeneration plant will use natural gas as the primary fuel and low sulfur (0.05%) distillate as the secondary fuel in the combustion turbines and duct burners within the HRSGs. The auxiliary boiler will also fire natural gas and low-sulfur distillate fuel. Distillate fuel use will be limited up to the equivalent of 1,080 hours per year at 100 percent load.

Process water for the facilities will be withdrawn from the Hudson River at a maximum rate of 9.6 millions gallons per day (MGD), including approximately 7.9 MGD for the recycled newspaper manufacturing plant and 1.7 MGD for the cogeneration plant. Non-contact cooling water for the cogeneration plant will be supplied by Albany County Sewer District South Plant at a maximum rate of 6.6 MGD. Wastewater from the facility will be treated on-site and discharged to the Hudson River. The daily flow rate of wastewater is proposed to be 6.25 MGD (average daily) and 8.1 MGD (peak daily).

The water intake structure for process water will consist of two cylindrical 1-mm wedgewire screens and the seasonal deployment of a Marine Life Exclusion System structure. The installation of the intake structure and outfall will require the dredging of 1,100 cubic yards from the Hudson River that will be disposed of off site. Approximately 1,340 cubic yards of clean material will be used for backfill in the Hudson River.

Project Location: The project is located at the former industrial manufacturing site currently owned by BASF in the City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County. The project site totals 88 acres, with all facilities associated with the project covering 58 acres. The site is bordered by Riverside Avenue and the Hudson River on the west, the Port Access Highway on the east and south, and by another industrial facility on the north.

Written Comments:The Department originally issued a Notice Of Complete Application and Acceptance of Draft Environmental Impact Statement on May 29, 2002. At the time of the public hearing the Department made a statement that the written comment period would be extended until 10 days after the close of the hearing for the project, pursuant to 617.9(a)(4)(iii). The hearing for the project will close on September 26, 2003. Therefore, all written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be postmarked October 10, 2003 and sent to Administrative Law Judge P. Nicholas Garlick, NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, First Floor, Albany, New York 12233-1550.