ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

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Public Notice

County: Richmond

Lead Agency: Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Project Title: Designation of portions of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve as a Bird Conservation Area

Brief Project Description: The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is proposing designation of a new Bird Conservation Area (BCA) in accordance with Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL 11-0539 , 11-2001 and 11-2003). The BCA program provides a comprehensive, ecosystem approach to conserving birds and their habitats on state-owned lands and waters. It also provides for education and research opportunities related to birds and their habitats. Designation of a BCA will not affect existing recreational activities.

Legislative amendments to the BCA law enacted in summer 2002 require public notice of any proposed designations with a 30-day public comment period following publication of the notice. At this time, OPRHP proposes designation of portions of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Richmond County as a new Bird Conservation Area. OPRHP and DEC have designated twenty-five BCAs since the law was enacted in 1997.

The Clay Pit Ponds BCA is approximately 260 acres and meets two of the criteria for designation in the BCA law. It is a migratory bird concentration site and a diverse species concentration site. A variety of habitats, including wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and forests support Neotropical migratory songbirds and forest dwelling Neotropical migrants.

OPRHP will accept comments on the proposed BCAs during a 30-day public comment period, which ends November 21, 2003. Comments or questions should be addressed to Thomas B. Lyons, Environmental Management Bureau, OPRHP, Agency Building #1, Albany, NY 12238, phone (518) 474-0409; fax: (518) 474-7013; e-mail: thomas.lyons@oprhp.state.ny.us. Additional information on the BCA program and other sites that have been designated can be found on the BCA website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/bca/index.html.

Project Location: City of New York, Staten Island

Contact: Thomas B. Lyons, Environmental Management Bureau, OPRHP Agency Building #1, Albany, NY 12238, phone: (518) 474-0409, fax: (518) 474-7013.


Voluntary Cleanup

County: Queens

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Project Title: Voluntary Cleanup Program. Availability of Remedial Action Plan for Comment. Former Levco Metals Finishing Site, VCP Site No. V00600-2

Project Location: 34-11 36thStreet, Astoria, Queens, New York, 11101

Brief Project Description: In December 2002, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with the Levco Woodwork Joint Venture to complete clean up the site (Site) located at the aforementioned address. The Site is a one-half acre parcel of real property located at 34-11 36th Street, in a mixed residential and industrial area of Astoria, County of Queens, New York. Contemplated Use of the site is restricted commercial excluding day care, child care and medical care uses.

The one story structure at the site has been demolished and the property is a parking lot. The site is bordered by Knosos Shop on the southwest, by the 36th Street on the northwest, by the 34th Avenue on the northeast, and by the 37th Street on the southeast. The building was previously occupied by the Levco Metal Finishing Company. Levco conducted metal stripping, etching, and plating processes for over 30 years. Operations ceased in November 1990.

Site investigations revealed the presence of the chlorinated hydrocarbons and heavy metals in soil and groundwater. Specific contaminants include 1,1- dichloroethene, 1,1- dichloroethane, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloethene. An Interim Remedial Measure consisting of the removal of 13.5 cubic yards of contaminated soil from within and around a floor sump took place in October 1994. A supplemental site investigation performed in November 1994 concluded that the primary source of groundwater contamination had been in the soil beneath the sump and that it had been remediated to the levels of the soil cleanup objectives. A March 1996 Record of Decision called for no further action for the soil and 18 months of groundwater monitoring. The plume of groundwater contamination with TCE at concentrations up to 2,200 parts per billion was expected to naturally biodegrade. However, subsequent groundwater monitoring demonstrated very slow decline of TCE concentrations. Dimensions of the plume have not been expanding.

Volunteer has submitted the Remedial Action Work Plan proposing installation and operation of the Air Sparging /Soil Vapor Extraction (AS/SVE) System which should be able to complete remediation of groundwater within one to two years of operation.

Written and oral comments on the Remedial Action Work Plan (Work Plan) will be accepted until November 21, 2003. The Work Plan can be viewed at the Region 2 office at the address below. Written and oral 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. Based on these comments, the NYSDEC may require the Volunteer to make revisions to the Work Plan. No formal response will be made to comments received by NYSDEC.

Contact: Vadim Brevdo, P.E., Project Manager; NYSDEC, 47-40 21 Street, Long Island City, NY 11101; Phone: (718) 482-4995, Fax: (718) 482-6358, E-mail: vxbrevdo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

New York City County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 145th Street and Bradhurst Avenue Project (CEQR No. 04HPD007M) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves new construction of a thirteen-story mixed-use residential/commercial building. The building would have a total of 245,365 zoning square feet and contain 258 residential units encompassing 211,240 square feet of floor area and 34,125 square feet of retail commercial floor area on the first and second floors. In addition there will be a 300-space accessory-parking garage located on site. The garage will be substantially below grade, accessible by an at-grade entrance. The project is located at West 145th Street and Bradhurst Avenue, Manhattan.

Contact: Walter M. Roberts, The City of NY Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development, Office of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038.