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Public Notice

This notice announces the availability of the Draft New York State 2004 Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and that require and are scheduled for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development. Public comment on the list will be accepted for 45 days, through March 12, 2004.

BACKGROUND: The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to periodically assess and report on the quality of waters in their state. Section 303(d) of the Act also requires states to identify Impaired Waters, where specific designated uses are not fully supported. For these Impaired Waters, states must consider the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other strategy to reduce the input of the specific pollutant(s) that restrict waterbody uses, in order to restore and protect such uses. Additionally, the state is required to develop a Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) to outline its process for monitoring and assessing the quality of New York State waters. The CALM describes the water quality assessment and Section 303(d) listing process in order to improve the consistency of assessment and listing decisions.

INFORMATION: Copies of the Draft New York State 2004 Section 303(d) List can be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Research by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at 518-402-8179. An electronic version of the list can also be requested by email at sahotali@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The list is also expected to be available on the NYSDEC website during the comment period at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/303dcalm.html.

Public comments regarding the Section 303(d) List should be mailed to the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Research at the above address.

NY Standards and Specification for Erosion and Sediment Control

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is updating the NY Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control. The (DEC) is making the draft document available for public comment. Interested parties may provide their comments to DEC via mail or email by March 19, 2004 to be considered in finalizing the document.

The General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities (GP-02-01) under the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES), issued in March 2003, required conformance to the erosion and sediment control standards. The existing NY Guidelines for Urban Erosion Sediment Control, 1997 was updated to provide most current standards and specifications, as well as production of the electronic version of this document. The updated draft document is made available in PDF (Portable Document Format) at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/toolbox/escstandards/index.html for reviewers to download.

The updated standards are similar to the design criteria and format of the 1997 release of DEC's guidance. This document contains two sections. Sections 1 through 7 are the standards and specifications required in the design of practices. Sections 8 through 13 include guidance documents and examples. A summary of the updates and modifications is available at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/toolbox/escstandards/escupdates.pdf The engineering schematics, that appear as Figures in each chapters, also are available at ftp://ftp.dec.state.ny.us/dow/dwg as individual files for use in engineering drawing software.

Send comments to:

Shohreh Karimipour, P.E.
New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water - 4th Floor
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3505
e-mail: sxkarimi@gw.dec.state.ny.us - Subject: ESC Comment

Department of Environmental Conservation

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 9-0105 and 11-2101, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Consensus Rule Making for 6 NYCRR Sections 51.6 and 190.8 to prohibit underage drinking on State lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

For further information contact:
Andrew T. Jacob
New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation
Division of Forest Protection and Fire Management
625 Broadway, 8th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-2560
Phone: (518) 402-8839
E-mail: atjacob@gw.state.ny.us

Adoption Of Amendments To Air Regulations

Pursuant to the provisions of Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, 19-0303, 19-0305, and 19-0311, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice that amendments to 6 NYCRR Subpart 227-2, Reasonably Available Control Technology for Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx RACT) and Subpart 201-3, Exemptions and Trivial Activities, have been adopted. This adoption was filed with the NYS Department of State on January 12, 2004 to be effective February 11, 2004.

The purpose of this rulemaking is to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen from stationary internal combustion engines.

Michael Jennings
NYSDEC Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3254
Email: mxjennin@gw.dec.state.ny.us