Consolidated SPDES Renewals
NEW YORK STATE ENVIRONMENTAL FACILITIES CORPORATION
NOTICE OF FINAL DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIES
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESS
I. BACKGROUND, SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), through its Financial Assistance to Business (FAB) Water Program, proposes to provide funding ; 1) to businesses and to water suppliers on behalf of businesses for all projects that will create, improve or extend water supply facilities that are designed to comply with applicable federal laws and state drinking water supply requirements; and 2) to businesses and municipalities on behalf of business for projects that will create, improve or extend wastewater treatment facilities that are designed to comply with applicable federal and state water quality requirements. This funding will be made pursuant to the Financial Assistance to Business (FAB) Water Program that was created by Governor George E. Pataki’s Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996, and implementing regulations (21 NYCRR Part 2606). All eligible projects must demonstrate an environmental or public health benefit.
The FAB Water Program was established to help businesses and water suppliers on behalf of businesses, increase the availability and improve the quality of water supplies and to help businesses and municipalities on behalf of business increase the availability and improve the quality of wastewater treatment facilities.
Assistance from the FAB Water Program will be available only to projects that are located in villages, towns, and cities with a population of less than one million people.
II. PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE
As required by Part 2606, this notice describes eligibility requirements for the FAB Water Program, the time period during which EFC will accept applications for funding, and certain other eligibility criteria.
Unless defined herein, terms used in this notice shall have the meanings set forth in Section 56-0101 of the environmental conservation law, or 21 NYCRR Part 2606. Terms used in this notice have the following meanings:
“Water supply project” means the planning, design, construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities, equipment, sites, or buildings for the supply, control, treatment, distribution, and transport of water supplies to ensure the integrity and quality of such water including compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and other applicable federal and State drinking water supply standards.
“Wastewater Treatment Facility” means the planning, design, construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities, equipment, sites, or buildings needed to reduce or prevent water pollution including compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and other applicable federal and State water quality standards.
IV. DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Projects eligible for funding under the FAB Water Program must demonstrate an environmental or public health benefit, and may include investments to construct, upgrade, improve or replace infrastructure which will provide to businesses: 1) water supplies which meet the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and other applicable federal and State water supply requirements; or, 2) wastewater treatment facilities which meet the requirements of applicable federal and State water quality requirements. Some other examples include:
Water Supply Projects
Wastewater Treatment Projects
V. PROJECT SELECTION
All complete applications will be evaluated based upon characteristics of each proposed project. This evaluation will be based upon factors including, but not limited to:
Once a decision to fund a project is made, EFC will notify successful project owners, and execute a contract describing the rights and responsibilities of the parties. EFC will then begin processing the State Assistance Payments. No funds will be disbursed until all necessary permits and approvals for the project (including, DOH approval to create, construct or modify a public water system, any SEQRA requirements, and, if necessary, a DEC water supply permit) have been received.
VI. PROJECT COMPLETION DATE
All projects for which FAB Water money is awarded must be commenced within three (3) years of the signing of a contract between EFC and the project owner.
VII. AMOUNT OF FUNDING
EFC will make State Assistance Payments for not more than 75% of the cost of an eligible project on a reimbursement basis. EFC may award less than 75% of the cost of a project based upon a determination that the amount of the award will allow the project to proceed, given other sources of funding.
VIII. APPLICATION SCHEDULE
EFC will accept applications for State Assistance Payments under the FAB Water Program through February 16, 2004. Applications are available at the address listed below or on EFC’s website,www.nysefc.org.
IX. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
(1) Project Limitations.
All recipients must pledge not to remove from the State any assets purchased with funds received from the FAB Water Program.
(2) Application Procedure
The procedures for administering the FAB Water Program, including the submission, review and approval of requests for State Assistance, will be governed by 21N.Y.C.R.R. Part 2606.
X. INFORMATION AVAILABILITY
Any person seeking additional information or application material should contact EFC at:
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Financial Assistance to Business Program
Albany, New York 12207-2997
Telephone (800) 200-2200
Fax (518) 486-9248
DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND
MUNICIPALITIES AND OWNERS/OPERATORS OF PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) propose to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 24, 2003, to adjust the estimated project cost for twelve DWSRF projects listed in the Project Readiness List. A project description and explanation of the reason for the cost increases are included in the table below:
|(T) Jerusalem||Yates||Eliminate public water supplies with surface water treatment rule violations by extending distribution and consolidating public water supplies.||17078||$3,441,500||$3,741,500||The increased cost is necessary to cover the loss of Rural Development funding which was expected.|
|(T) Sheridan||Chautauqua||Extend distribution to serve private contaminated wells and consolidate public water supplies.||17059||$1,600,000||$1,700,000||The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
|(T) Perrysburg||Cattaraugus||Create a new system to serve area with private contaminated wells and consolidate public water supplies, eliminating past E. Coli detections.||17040||$524,700||$1,200,000||The increased cost is necessary to cover the loss of Rural Development funding which was expected.|
|(V) Arkport||Steuben||Phase 2 of DWSRF #15563, upgrade water treatment plant, install new ground water source, transmission line and storage.||17283||$350,000||$1,100,000||Since the original application the Village's spring source has been determined to be GWUDI. The difference in cost is necessary to cover the addition of filtration equipment in the water treatment plant.|
|(T) Perrysburg||Cattaraugus||Upgrade water treatment plant and ground water source, install new transmission line and extend distribution.||17192||$988,500||$1,880,000||The increased cost is necessary to cover the loss of Rural Development funding which was expected.|
|(V)Richmondville||Schoharie||Phase 2 of Project #15238, upgrade distribution system.||17150||$338,000||$369,612||The cost increase is due to increased construction costs, higher than the original estimates.|
|(T) Alexandria||Jefferson||Extend distribution to serve private contaminated wells and consolidate public water supplies||17045||$4,841,824||$7,235,436||The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
|Wellesley Island Water Corp.||Jefferson||Construct new treatment facility to comply with the SWTR||16339||$1,013,151||$2,336,000||The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
|(T) Volney||Oswego||Extend distribution to serve private contaminated wells and consolidate public water supplies||17099||$3,185,252||$3,730,000||The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
|(T) Kirkland||Oneida||Extend distribution to serve private contaminated wells and consolidate public water supplies||16889||$1,578,872||$1,900,000||The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
|(V) Unionville||Orange||Construct new water treatment plant, ground water source, storage. Upgrade pump station and distribution system||16711||$732,195||$1,200,000||The cost increase is due to increased construction costs higher then the original estimates.|
|(T) Newstead||Erie||Construct new storage and extend distribution system to consolidate systems.||16087||$6,280,000||$6,574,000||The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
The Department has determined that the project cost increases are necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept. In addition, the scope of the projects has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. These project cost increases will not adversely affect any other project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted change, there is no other change to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings.
Written statements or comments on the above DWSRF project cost increases will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on January 15, 2004 and should be filed with:
Mr. Michael E. Burke, P.E.
Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Fax Number: (518) 402-7659
The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOH's toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department)
Pursuant to the Issue of New Guidance Documentation, the Department gives notice of the following changes regarding Appendix C of DAR-1.
6 NYCRR Part 212 (Part 212) requires all air contaminants to be assigned an Environmental Rating. The Policy Guidance Document DAR-1 assists the regional engineer to establish Environmental Ratings on compound specific air contaminants. Environmental Ratings are used within Part 212 to determine the degree of air cleaning required for the air contaminant.
The procedures for deriving an Environmental Rating, described in 212.9(a) Table 1, state that the "toxic and other properties and emission rate potential of the air contaminant" in conjunction with the "location of the source with respect to residences or other sensitive environmental receptors, including a consideration of the area’s anticipated growth" and in conjunction with "emission dispersion characteristics at or near the source, taking into account the physical location of the source relative to surrounding building and terrain" and the "projected maximum cumulative impact of taking into account emissions from all sources in the facility under review and the pre-existing ambient concentration of the air contaminant under review" shall be used to determine an Environmental Rating.
To satisfy the requirements stated above, the Department established a listing of non-criteria air contaminants with acceptable ambient air concentrations to help the user of DAR-1 make an appropriate Environmental Rating determination. The acceptable air concentrations, in microgram per cubic meter, are listed for annual emission rates called Annual Guideline Concentrations (AGCs) and for hourly emission rates called Short-Term Guideline Concentrations (SGCs). A listing of AGC/SGCs were incorporated into the 1991 Draft version of Air Guide-1 (DAR 1) under Appendix C and revised in 1995 and 2000. Today’s action is to update the listing of AGC/SGCs with the latest toxicological information so as to establish acceptable air contaminant ambient concentrations. The current DAR-1 maintains the text of the 1991 Draft version of Air Guide-1 and keeps the AGC/SGC Tables as a separate document for easier accessability.
The following represents the major changes found in the Year 2000 and 2003 tables:
1. Guidance values derived from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) will incorporate the latest version of the 2003 Guide to Occupational Exposure Values handbook.
2. The AGC/SGC values for many compounds have been replaced in the tables with new or modified DAR-1 "equivalent" standards. These equivalent standards are not air quality standards or AGC/SGC values. They are numerical guideline values that act as surrogates for assessing compliance with those Federal and State standards not based upon one-hour or annual averaging periods.
3. All AGC values that are currently classified by USEPA as "possible" carcinogens ,"C" rated, and based upon IRIS Unit Risk factors have been re-evaluated. As recommended by the New York State Department of Health, the Department has re-evaluated the 7 air contaminants designated as "C" rated and made changes accordingly.
4. The 2003 AGC/SGC tables include a new column entitled "Referenced Compound". When an AGC/SGC is based upon another compound by analogy or adjusted for molecular weight, the reader can identify the parent compound.
5. The AGC/SGC tables will be viewable on the Department’s Website in Adobe Acrobat Reader format.
For further information, contact:
Air Toxics Section
Bureau of Air Quality Analysis and Research
NYSDEC, Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3259
518-402-8402 email - firstname.lastname@example.org