ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Negative Declaration

New York City (Manhattan ) County - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed City Water Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2, Shaft 30B, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed project involves the construction of a vertical water supply shaft to connect to City Tunnel No. 3. Shaft 30B which would provide access for operation and maintenance of City Tunnel No. 3. Shaft 30B would be approximately 512 feet deep, of which approximately 62 feet would be in soil and the remaining 450 feet in solid rock. Upon construction of the shaft, a subsurface distribution chamber would be built on top of the shaft. The distribution chamber would be approximately three feet below grade with entrance to the chamber through two hatchways at ground level. Upon project completion, the proposed site would be vacant except for two 5x3 foot hatchways and a 10 foot, 14 inch diameter air vent.

Shaft 30B is one of the proposed ten supply shafts of the Manhattan South Tunnel, which is an underground water tunnel designed to increase the New York City’s water supply system’s capacity, enhance peak flow capacity, improve pressure in outlying areas, permit the inspection and repair of City Water Tunnels 1 and 2, and provide back-up service in the event of system failure. Public Comment Period ends December 30, 2003. The project is located at 142 Grand Street, Manhattan - Block 473, Lot 47

Contact: Lisa Fuerst, Project Manager, 59-17 Junction Blvd, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-4407, fax: (718) 595-4479.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City County - The Co-Lead Agencies: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) acting as Federal co-lead agencies; New Jersey Department of Transportation, Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR) and Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), acting as state co-lead agencies; and the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding (DME) acting as the local co-lead agency, have determined that the proposed Comprehensive Port Improvement Plan for the Port of New York and New Jersey may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The Environmental Impact Statement for the Comprehensive Port Improvement Plan (CPIP EIS) is being prepared concurrently with a plan in accordance with Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law. The CPIP is being prepared by a Consortium consisting of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), New Jersey Department of Transportation/Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR), Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). This study is intended to plan for any necessary landside port improvements necessitated by larger container ships and the attendant increase in ocean-borne cargo. The CPIP and CPIP EIS will: seek to define an economically viable and environmentally sound Port facility and associated transportation network improvements through the year 2060; consider separate, ongoing, and planned environmental enhancements to natural resources of the Port and the associated transportation network; incorporate Green Port principles to the maximum extent practicable; evaluate potential adverse environmental impacts, avoid adverse environmental impacts when possible, and minimize and mitigate unavoidable adverse environmental effects.

As the potential New York State actions are as yet unspecified, the potential adverse impacts are also as yet undefined; however, they may reasonably be expected to include transportation and environmental impacts. Any New York State actions developed through CPIP will be evaluated through the CPIP EIS process. The extent and quality of information needed for the preparer to adequately address each impact, including an identification of relevant existing information, and required new information, including the required methodology(ies) for obtaining new information will be developed through the CPIP and CPIP EIS process. An initial identification of mitigation measures and reasonable alternatives to be considered will be developed through the CPIP and CPIP EIS process as well. The project is located at the Port of New York and New Jersey

Public scoping meetings will be held from 4:30 to 9:00 PM at the following locations and dates:

Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Elizabeth City Hall
50 Winfield Scott Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Thursday, December 4, 2003
East Side High School
238 Van Buren Street
Newark, NJ 07105

Tuesday, December 9, 2003
PAL Miccio Center
110 West 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Thursday, December 11, 2003
Public School #1
309 West 47th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Thursday, January 8, 2004
Summerfield United
Methodist Church
100 Harbor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314

Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Cordero School
158 Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Thursday, January 15, 2004 Bayonne City Hall 630 Avenue C Bayonne, NJ 07002

The seven scoping meetings for the CPIP EIS are planned to solicit comments, to determine the scope of issues, and to identify significant issues related to the proposed action. Informal open houses will be held at each scoping meeting location from 4:30 to 9:00 PM. Formal presentations will be held at 5:00 PM and at 7:00 PM, followed by receipt of public comments. For more information about the scoping meetings, contact the EIS Coordinator, c/o Parsons Brinckerhoff, Planning Department – 3rd Floor, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10119, tel.: 1-888-877-2747, or visit www.cpiponline.org.

Contact: Paul Higgins, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, phone: (212) 803-3617