ENB - REGION 7 NOTICES

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Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Notice Of Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Plan, Acceptance Of Supporting Draft Generic EIS, And Associated Public Hearings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has prepared a draft Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Plan, pursuant to Chapter 618 of the New York Laws of 1987 and Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 27-1102. The Department, as lead agency, has determined that a generic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is necessary and has prepared the draft generic EIS on the New York State Draft Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Plan. Legislative Public Hearings will be held on the draft Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Plan (Siting Plan) and the supporting draft generic EIS.

The Siting Plan is to be used as guidance by any hazardous waste facility siting board reviewing proposals for siting certain new or expanded hazardous waste management facilities within New York State and for Department and other State government agencies to use to assure the availability of sufficient hazardous waste facility capacity. This, in turn, will help avoid potentially significant adverse impacts, such as impacts to air, land, water, or public health due to improper management of hazardous wastes.

Legislative public hearings to receive comments from the public on the draft Siting Plan and the draft generic EIS will be held at:

SUNY at Stony Brook
Marine Sciences Research Ctr. South Campus - Endeavor Hall
Conference Center Room 120
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-632-8781
January 7, 2004
4:30 p.m.

NYSDEC Region 2 Office
11-15 47th Avenue
Room 106 - Annex Building
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-4900
January 7, 2004
1:00 p.m.

NYSDEC Region 3 Office
Basement Meeting Room
21 South Putt Corners Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-3136
January 7, 2004
1:00 p.m.

NYSDEC Region 4 Office
Room 112
1150 North Westcott Rd.
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518) 357-2045
January 7, 2004
1:00 p.m.

NYSDEC Region 5 Office
Main Conference Room
Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
(518) 897-1242
January 7, 2004
1:00 p.m.

NYSDEC Region 6 Office
State Office Building
Conference Room 1
317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13204
315-785-2245
January 7, 2004
1:00 p.m.

NYSDEC Region 7 Office
Hearing Room
615 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13204
315-426-7471
January 7, 2004
2:00 p.m.

NYSDEC Region 8 Offices
Main Conference Room
6274 East Avon-Lima Road Avon, New York 14414-9519
(585) 226-5408 or 226-5444
January 7, 2004
1:00 p.m.

Niagara Falls Public Library
Main Auditorium
Earl W. Brydges Bldg.
1425 Main St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
(716) 286-4905
January 7, 2004
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The hearing locations are reasonably accessible to the mobility-impaired. Interpreter services can be made available to the hearing-impaired at no charge, upon request to the Department within a reasonable time period prior to the hearings.

All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies, etc., which may be affected by the proposed Siting Plan are invited to attend the hearings and to submit either written or oral statements. The hearing session will continue until all persons wishing to make statements have been heard. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. Written statements received prior to the close of the public comment period and oral statements made at each hearing session will be given equal weight.

Written statements must be received by close of business, January 19, 2004, addressed to Mr. Glenn Milstrey, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7251, faxed to: (518) 402-9024, or e-mailed to hwsiting@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

The draft Siting Plan and the draft generic EIS can be found on the Department’s website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/index.html, under the Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials’ "What’s New" section. A hard copy is also available at each of the nine Department Regional Offices. To obtain additional information, please contact Glenn Milstrey, at 518-402-8612, or Deborah Aldrich, at 518-402-8730.


Negative Declaration

Madison County - Madison County, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cordell Property Acquisition and Adoption of Local Law No. 7 of 2003 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves Madison County's purchase of the approximately 221 acre Cordell property on Buyea Road in the Town of Lincoln, Madison County following the adoption of Local Law No. 7 of 2003 which authorizes the property transaction to be undertaken without public bidding. The property to be acquired by Madison County is adjacent to land currently owned and utilized by the County for solid waste management purposes and will expand the buffer area for the County's current solid waste management activities and will help maintain the County's options regarding potential future uses and development of the County's landfill. The project is located on the eastern (predominantly) and western sides of Buyea Road in the Town of Lincoln, adjacent to the north side of Madison County's old and current landfill sites.

Contact: James A. Zecca, Madison County Solid Waste Dept.,P.O. Box 27, Wampsville, NY 13163, phone, (315)361-8408, fax, (315) 361-1524.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Tompkins County - The City of Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Demolition of Local Landmark – Former Ithaca Gas Works. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on December 11, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the City of Ithaca, Common Council Chambers, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, New York. Comments on the Draft EIS are requested and will be accepted by the contact person until December 15, 2003. The action involves demolition of the former Ithaca Gas Works, known as the Markles Flats Alternative School, at the northeast corner of West Court and North Plain Streets. Designated a local landmark under the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Ordinance in 1977, the building is significant for its association with prominent civic leaders of the mid-nineteenth century and reflects an important event in Ithaca’s early development, public street lighting. The existing building, the second gas works on the site, was constructed in 1899. Its steel frame and masonry construction reflect the early shift from traditional building technologies of the nineteenth century to modern twentieth century methods and materials. The demolition is part of an larger project NYSEG is undertaking to remove coal tar and contaminated soil from the site. This project is the subject of the Proposed Remedial Action Plan, Site No. 7-55-008 dated June 2003 and prepared by the Division of Environmental Remediation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Remedial Investigation Report, April 23, 2003 and the May 9 2003 Focused Feasibility Study indicate that coal tar is likely located underneath the building. The project is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of West Court and North Plain Streets.

Contact: Leslie Chatterton, Historic Preservation & Neighborhood Planner, City of Ithaca, Department of Planning and Development, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, New York 14850, phone: (607) 274-6550, fax: (607) 274-6558.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

Tompkins County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Ithaca Area Municipal Wastewater Collection System Improvements and Intermunicipal Agreements. The proposed project includes elements of a regional approach for wastewater collection and treatment for six municipalities, including the City and Town of Ithaca, Town and Village of Lansing, Town of Dryden, and Village of Cayuga Heights. The involved municipalities have selected a partial diversion alternative that is identified in the FEIS. Elements of the project include establishment of a new municipal sewer service area in the Town of Lansing, diversion of some of the wastewater generated within the Towns of Lansing, Ithaca and Dryden from the Cayuga Heights Wastewater Treatment Plant (CHWWTP) to the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Plant (IAWWTP) through the installation of new transmission and diversion sewers, extension of existing service areas in the Towns of Ithaca and Dryden, and inclusion of additional sewer units in the Village of Lansing. Actions related to the above include approval of plans for the extension of sewers as described in the FEIS, and funding portions of the above through the NYS Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act. No substantive changes to the IAWWTP's SPDES permit are anticipated since that facility currently has adequate permitted capacity, performs satisfactorily, and there will be no increase in allowable mass loadings to Cayuga Lake for phosphorus, BOD or Total Suspended Solids. More information about the project is available in the FEIS.

Location of Project:

Town of Lansing (new service area), Village of Cayuga Heights WWTP, Ithaca Area WWTP, Towns of Ithaca and Dryden (extension of service areas), and Village of Lansing (inclusion of additional sewer units).

Potential Environmental Impacts:

Potential impacts have been evaluated relating to elements of this project, including the following:

Potential growth inducing impacts of extending service areas, particularly in the Towns of Lansing and Dryden, and by adding permissible sewer units in the Village of Lansing. Associated impacts related to land use, traffic, public transportation, and community service were evaluated.

FEIS Availability:

The FEIS is available for review at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090, at the Tompkins County Public Library, at the offices of the participating municipalities, the Lansing Community Library Center, and the City of Ithaca website www.cityofithaca.org

For Further Information:

Contact Person: John H. Merriman, Jr.
Address: NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Permits
1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 753-3095 - ext. 236


Onondaga County - The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Mixed-Use Parking Facility and Excellus Expansion. The action involves demolition of all or a portion of 10 existing structures to permit the construction of a multi-story, multi use facility to include a parking facility for approximately 1,000 cars, approximately 14,000 square feet of ground level commercial/retail space and approximately 60 to 80 upper level residential units and to permit the construction of a 40,000 square foot addition to the northerly portion of the existing Excellus Blue Cross-Blue Shield office building. The project is located on the east side of the 300 block of South Salina Street and the west side of the 300 block of South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY.

Contact: Irwin Davis, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, phone: (315) 448-8029.


Notice of Acceptance Of Final Generic EIS

Tompkins County - Town Board of the Town of Ithaca, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Revised Town of Ithaca Zoning Ordinance and Map (Zoning Revisions). The action involves the enactment by the Town of Ithaca Town Board of a comprehensive revision of the Town of Ithaca Zoning Ordinance and Map. This is an update and revision of the December 3, 1997 enacted version of the Zoning Ordinance. Key changes are proposed in areas such as Agricultural and Conservation zones, simplified procedures for Special Permit uses, a new Lakefront Residence zone, a new Office Park Commercial zone, clarification of the purposes and uses in the various Business zones, updated definitions and parking requirements, and other updates and clarifications. The project is townwide.

Contact: Jonathan Kanter, Director of Planning, Town of Ithaca, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, phone: (607) 273-1747, fax: (607) 273-1704, E-mail: jkanter@town.ithaca.ny.us