ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXTENSION OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

COMMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has extended the deadline for comments on the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) permit applications for power plants located in New York City and Brentwood, NY, to October 31, 2003. The permits that are being sought are federally-required operating permits known as "Title V" permits. DEC has prepared draft permits for public inspection and comment.

THE POWER PLANTS

These are the plants seeking Title V permits:

BRIEF BACKGROUND

DEC issued approvals known as State Facility permits for these plants in January 2001. NYPA constructed and began operating the facilities in July and August 2001. Federal regulations required NYPA to apply for Title V permits within the first year of commercial operation; NYPA applied for the permits in July 2002.

The Department has determined that the Title V applications are technically complete. DEC has prepared draft Title V permits for the plants. The draft permits require conformity with all applicable State air pollution regulations and all Federal requirements.

The Department held a number of hearings in September 2003 in the communities where the plants are located to receive input on the applications. For written comments the original deadline was September 26, 2003; the deadline is now October 31, 2003.

HOW TO COMMENT

Send written comments to John Ferguson, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSDEC Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7235. Written comments must be received by DEC no later than October 31, 2003.

PREVIOUS PUBLIC NOTICE

Notices of the applications, draft permits and the hearings were published in a Combined Notice of Complete Application and Legislative Public Hearing for each project. The notices and hearing announcements were published in The New York Times, El Diario (in Spanish), The Daily News, The Riverdale Press, The Bronx Times Reporter, and Hoy (in Spanish). The notices were posted in the July 16, 2003 Environmental Notice Bulletin, an online publication of the Department. These can be accessed at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/enb2003/20030716/hearings.html.

WHERE TO FIND THE DOCUMENTS

The applications and draft permits are available for review at the following locations:

Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Community Board #1, Gerald A. Esposito, District Manager
435 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211-2429. 718-389-0009
(for the plant at North First Street and River Street only)

Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, The Honorable Marty Markowitz
209 Joralemon Street Rm. 140, Brooklyn, NY 11201. 718-802-3900
(for both Brooklyn sites)

Brooklyn Public Library, Marcy Branch
DeKalb Ave. & Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11216. 718-935-0032
(for the plant at North First Street and River Street only)

Brooklyn Community Board # 7, Jeremy Laufer, District Manager
4201 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11232. 718-854-0003
(for the plant at 23rd Street and Third Avenue only)

The Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park Branch
Fourth Ave. & 51st Street, Brooklyn, New York 11220. 718-567-2806
(for the plant at 23rd Street and Third Avenue only)

Bronx:

Bronx Community Board #1, Cedric Loftin, District Manager
384 E. 149th Street, Suite 320, Bronx, New York 10455. 718- 585-7117
(for both Bronx plants)

Office of the Bronx Borough President, The Honorable Adolpho Carrion, Jr.
851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451. 718-590-3500

New York Public Library Mott Haven Branch
321 E. 140th Street, Bronx, New York 10454. 718-665-4878

Staten Island:

Staten Island Community Board #1, Joe Carroll, District Manager
One Edgewater Plaza (Room 217), Staten Island, New York 10305. 718- 981-6900

Office of the Staten Island Borough President, The Honorable James Molinaro
120 Borough Hall, Staten Island, New York 10301. 718- 816-2030

Staten Island Public Library, St. George Library Center
5 Central Ave., Staten Island New York 10301. 718-442-8560

Staten Island Public Library, Stapleton Branch
132 Canal St., Staten Island, New York 10304. 718-727-0427

Queens:

Queens Community Board #2, Dolores Rizzotto, District Manager
43-22 50th Street, Woodside, New York 11377. 718-533-8773

Office of the Queens Borough President, The Honorable Helen Marshall
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, New York 11424. 718-286-2870

Queens Borough Public Library, Court Square Branch
25-01 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, New York 11101. 718-937-2790

Long Island:

Town of Islip Planning Dept., Islip Town Hall - Basement
655 Main St., Islip, NY 11751. 631-224-5500

Brentwood Public Library
Second Ave. & Fourth Street, Brentwood, New York 11717. 631-273-7883

DEC

John J. Ferguson, Project Manager
Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7235.
518-402-9167

The draft permits may be reviewed on-line at the Department’s website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dar/boss/afs/index.html.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City County - The New York City Housing Development Corporation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed First Avenue Tower will not have an adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30-day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the construction and financing for a 32-story residential building with ground floor retail. The development will comprise 196 rental apartments, along with 4,320 square feet of commercial space.

The conditions involve: Phase II studies have revealed potential concerns regarding impacted soils related to previous and present underground storage tanks located within the site. However, these concerns will be addressed and resolved through the implementation of a Construction Health and Safety Plan (CHASP) and a Soil Management Plan (SMP). Both plans have already been prepared and submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for their advance approval. A qualified Health and Safety Officer has already been contracted and will be on the site at all times to monitor adherence to the CHASP and SMP. In addition, an archeological impact letter is pending from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). No impact is expected as the site grounds have been previously disrupted and developed, but any forthcoming guidance from the LPC will be followed.

The project is located at 1766 – 1770 First Avenue (Manhattan, NYC).

Conditioned Negative Declaration - Public Comment Period ends: November 6, 2003

Contact: James P. Quinlivan, NYCHDC, 110 William Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038, phone: (212) 227-7030, fax: (212) 227-6815, e-mail: jquinlivan@nychdc.com


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City (Kings) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning may have a significant adverse environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until November 24, 2003. A public scoping session will be held on November 13, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning proposing zoning map and text amendments to both waterfront and upland portions of Greenpoint-Williamsburg, Brooklyn Community District 1. The area proposed for rezoning covers approximately 170 blocks in Greenpoint and Northside-Williamsburg, bounded generally by the East River, Kent Avenue, the Williamsburg Bridge, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and McGuinness Boulevard. The rezoning area encompasses a number of non-residentially zoned areas, including M3-1 (2.0 FAR), M1-2 (2.0 FAR), M1-1 (1.0 FAR), C8-2 (2.0 FAR) and C8-1 (1.0 FAR) districts, as well as the Special Franklin Street Mixed Use District and the Special Northside Mixed Use District. The proposed actions also include street demapping, the disposition of City-owned property for which the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is the applicant, subdivision of a waterfront zoning lot in connection with the property dispositions, and the mapping of parkland for which the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) would be the applicant.

The proposed actions require City Planning Commission (CPC) and City Council approvals through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

Compared to conditions absent the proposed actions, the proposed actions could result in approximately 6,684 dwelling units, 130,310 sf of local retail, -916,795 sf of vacant land, -981,753 sf of open parking and vehicle storage uses, -166,358 sf in vacant buildings, -839,462 sf of industrial/manufacturing space, and -23,000 sf of automotive uses by 2013. The proposed actions are also expected to result in an approximately 28 acre waterfront park. Sites expected to be developed as a result of the proposed actions include 53 projected development sites and 281 potential development sites.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, DCP, 22 Reade Street Rm. 4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423, fax: (212) 720-3495.