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Notice of Emergency Adoption

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 6 NYCRR Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, 19-0303, 19-0305, 71-2103, and 71-2105, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Emergency Adoption amending 6 NYCRR Part 200, General Provisions, and Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines, to incorporate modifications that California has made to its vehicle emission control program relating to the ZEV mandate to reduce emissions in New York State and to make revisions to New York State’s alternative compliance plan.

This amendment, necessary for the preservation of the health and general welfare, was adopted and effective upon filing with the Department of State on the 22nd day of March, 2004, on an emergency basis as authorized by section 202(6) of the State Administrative Procedures Act.

For further information, contact: Steven E. Flint, P.E.
NYSDEC Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway Albany NY 12233-3255
phone: (518) 402-8292
E-mail seflint@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Notice of Proposed Adoption of Rulemaking

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 6 NYCRR Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101, 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, 19-0303, 19-0305, 71-2103, and 71-2105, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Proposed Adoption of Rulemaking amending 6 NYCRR Part 200, General Provisions, and Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines, to incorporate modifications that California has made to its vehicle emission control program relating to the ZEV mandate to reduce emissions in New York State and to make revisions to New York State’s alternative compliance plan.

This amendment, necessary for the preservation of the health and general welfare, was proposed and filed with the Department of State on the 19th day of March, 2004. The proposed Adoption of Rulemaking Notice will be published in the April 7, 2004 issue of the State Register.

For further information, contact:
Steven E. Flint, P.E.
NYSDEC Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway Albany NY 12233-3255
Phone: (518) 402-8292
E-mail seflint@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Hearing Notice

STATE OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), will hold legislative public hearings on amendments to proposed rules, Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines, and Part 200, General Provisions, pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101. 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, 19-0303, 19-0305, 71-2103, and 71-2105.

The purpose of the rule amendment is to revise the existing Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program to incorporate modifications that California has made to its vehicle emission control program relating to the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate. New York is also proposing to amend the Alternative Compliance Plan option in Part 218 to extend the expiration date of the option and to revise plan flexibilities. Adoption of these modifications is necessary to reduce emissions of air contaminants from new motor vehicles, and will also provide for continuing advancement of motor vehicle emissions control technology.

The Department will provide interpreter services for deaf persons at no charge. Written requests for interpreter services are required and should be submitted by April 30, 2004, to Laura Becker, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3250, 518- 402-8451, ljbecker@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Hearings will be held as follows and are scheduled in places that are reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility:

Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 11:00 a.m.
NYSDEC Region 8 Office
Conference Room
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
(Rts. 5 and 20)
Avon, NY 14414

Thursday, May 13, 2004, 1:00 p.m.
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Public Assembly Room 129B
Albany NY 12233

Friday, May 14, 2004, 10:00 a.m.
NYSDEC
Region 2
11-15 47th Ave.
Hearing Room 106
Long Island City NY 11101-13215

Pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations for the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Department has prepared Negative Declarations stating that the proposed actions will not have a significant effect on the environment.

The Department invites all persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies that may be affected by the proposed revisions to attend the hearings. At each hearing, persons who wish to make a statement will be invited to speak. It is requested that oral statements also be submitted in writing. The Department will give equal weight to written and oral statements, and since a cumulative record will be compiled it is not necessary for interested parties to attend each hearing. Information may be obtained from Steven Flint, P.E., NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3255, telephone, (518) 402-8292; email, seflint@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Written statements may be submitted until 5 p.m., May 21, 2004.

The proposed regulation may be obtained from any of the following Department offices:

REGION 1, Building #40, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11790, Attention: Ajay Shah

REGION 2, Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Attention: Sam Lieblich

REGION 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Attention: Robert Stanton

REGION 4, 1150 North Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306, Attention: Rick Leone

REGION 5, Hudson Street Extension, Box 220, Warrensburg, NY 12885, Attention: James Coutant

REGION 6, Watertown State Office Bldg., 317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601, Attention: Thomas Morgan

REGION 7, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204-2400, Attention: Reginald Parker

REGION 8, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Attention: Thomas Marriott

REGION 9, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202, Attention: Larry Sitzman


Legal Notice Of Availability

USDA Wildlife Services (WS) has issued a Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Canada Goose Damage Management in New York. The proposed action is for WS to implement an Integrated Wildlife Damage Management approach to reduce Canada goose damage and conflicts to crops, property, natural resources, and human health and safety on all land classes where a need exists and a request is received throughout New York. The EA identifies and analyzes the potential environmental effects of conducting alternative strategies for reducing Canada goose damage and conflicts. Based on the analyses contained in the assessment, it was concluded that the proposed action will not have a significant impact upon the quality of the human environment. Copies of the EA and Decision/FONSI are available from USDA Wildlife Services, 1930 Route 9, Castleton, NY 12033, phone: (518) 477-4837.


Negative Declaration

Lead Agency: New York State Office for Technology (“OFT”)

Project Title: New York Statewide Wireless Network (“SWN” or “Network”)

Brief Project Description: OFT proposes to develop a SWN for voice and data radio communications services to enable public safety and public service entities operating within the State of New York to better respond to and protect its citizens. The SWN will provide essential connectivity to coordinate the delivery of governmental services to the citizens of New York, and to enable immediate coordination of public safety resources in emergency situations to ensure the public’s safety and welfare. The proposed SWN project is fundamentally an infrastructure, a collection of radio sites throughout the State interconnected by a network, monitored and controlled by a pair of redundant operations centers.

OFT has segmented the review of the SWN into two parts pursuant to 6 NYCRR § 617.3(g)(1). That portion of the proposed action subject to this negative declaration is referred to as “SEQRA Part 1.” SEQRA Part 1 consists of the award and approval of a contract and the completion of that portion of the contract limited to a preliminary SWN engineering design, a component of Phase I of the SWN, as described in the NYS Request for Proposals No. 01-007 (“RFP”). This contract, if awarded and approved, will include an option for OFT to terminate the balance of the contract for convenience pursuant to Part 12, § 12.24 of the RFP or, in the alternative, to proceed with the balance of the contract for the deployment of the SWN.

SEQRA Action & Status: Pursuant to Article 8 of the New York Environmental Conservation Law and its implementing regulations, OFT, as lead agency, has determined that the portion of the proposed action referred to as SEQRA Part 1 is an Unlisted action.

SEQRA Part 1 involves the preliminary Engineering Design of the SWN and is in the nature of a preliminary planning activity as defined by 6 NYCRR § 617.5(c)(21). SEQRA Part 1 also includes an option that will allow OFT to proceed with the balance of the contract for the deployment of the SWN or, in the alternative, to terminate the contract for convenience. SEQRA Part 1 will not result in an adverse impact on the environment nor will it commit OFT to fund, approve or carry out any portion of the project except the preliminary engineering design. Accordingly, OFT issued a negative declaration regarding that portion of the SWN on March 25, 2004. A draft environmental impact statement will not be prepared regarding SEQRA Part 1.

DEC Region & Location: The proposed action will involve preliminary planning and therefore will affect no DEC Region.

Contact: Hanford C. Thomas, Director, Statewide Wireless Network, NYS Office for Technology, Statewide Wireless Network Project Office, State Capitol, ESP, P.O. Box 2062, Albany, New York 12220-0062, phone number: 518-443-2041.


Positive Declaration And Public Hearing

Lead Agency: New York State Office for Technology ("OFT")

Project Title: New York Statewide Wireless Network ("SWN" or "Network")

Brief Project Description: OFT proposes to develop a SWN for voice and data radio communications services to enable public safety and public service entities operating within the State of New York to better respond to and protect its citizens. The SWN will provide essential connectivity to coordinate the delivery of governmental services to the citizens of New York, and to enable immediate coordination of public safety resources in emergency situations to ensure the public's safety and welfare. The proposed SWN project is fundamentally an infrastructure, a collection of radio sites throughout the State interconnected by a network, monitored and controlled by a pair of redundant operations centers.

The proposed action is the deployment of the SWN, which includes the Primary Regional Build Out, Final Engineering Design, Statewide implementation involving the Construction and Operation of the Network and Ongoing Maintenance of the SWN.

SEQRA Action & Status: OFT recognizes that the proposed action may have a significant adverse environmental impact and issued a positive declaration on March 29, 2004. A Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement ("DGEIS") will be prepared by the lead agency. OFT will conduct scoping for the DGEIS and will hold sixteen (16) scoping sessions at the locations described below. The public scoping sessions will provide an opportunity for all interested and involved agencies and the public to comment on the draft scope. OFT will also accept written comments on the draft scope from April 20 through June 1, 2004. Written comments should be submitted to the New York State Office for Technology, Statewide Wireless Network Project Office, State Capitol, ESP, Albany, New York 12220-0062, Attn: SEQRA Comments.

DEC Region & Location: The proposed action will involve the establishment of Network facilities in locations across New York. The proposed action is likely to affect all DEC regions.

Public Scoping Session Dates & Times:
All scoping sessions will commence at 7:00 p.m., on the dates, and at the locations summarized below:

April 22, 2004
Location: Watertown
Dulles State Office Bldg. (Lobby)
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601

April 22, 2004
Location: White Plains
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

April 27, 2004
Location: Rochester
Monroe County Community College
Brighton Campus (Rm. 8300)
1000 East Henrietta Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623

April 29, 2004
Location: Binghamton
Broome County Library
Decker Community Room
185 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901-3503

May 04, 2004
Location: Mineola
Nassau County Legislative Chambers
1 West Street
Mineola, NY 11501

May 06, 2004
Location: Syracuse
Onondaga Community College
Storer Auditorium
4941 Onondaga Road
Syracuse, NY 13215

May 11, 2004
Location: Kingston
County Legislature Chambers
County Office Bldg., 6th Floor
224 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401

May 13, 2004
Location: Buffalo
Erie County Fire Training Academy
Auditorium
2259 Broadway
Cheektowaga, NY 14227

May 13, 2004
Location: New York City
MTA (20th Floor Conference Room)
2 Broadway
New York, NY

May 18, 2004
Location: Utica
Mohawk Valley Community College
Information Technology Performing Arts
Conference Center (in the Theatre)
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501

May 19, 2004
Location: Salamanca
Salamanca High School (Auditorium)
50 Iroquois Drive
Salamanca, NY 14779-1398

May 20, 2004
Location: Corning
Radisson Hotel Corning
125 Denison Parkway East
Corning, NY 14830

May 25, 2004
Location: Lake Placid
Olympic Training Ctr. (Adirondack Rm.)
421 Old Military Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946

May 26, 2004
Location: Pomona
Rockland County Fire Training Center
(Auditorium)
35 Firemen's Memorial Drive
Pomona, NY 10970

May 27, 2004
Location: Hauppauge
Suffolk County
H. Lee Dennison Bldg. (Media Rm.)
Veteran's Memorial Highway
Hauppague, NY 11788

TBA
Location: Albany
Location to be determined

A copy of the draft scope can be obtained at the Statewide Wireless Network, 74 North Pearl Street, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York 12207-2721 or can be viewed online at http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oft/swnindex.htm.

Contact: Hanford C. Thomas, Director, Statewide Wireless Network, NYS Office for Technology, Statewide Wireless Network Project Office, State Capitol, ESP, P.O. Box 2062, Albany, New York 12220-0062, phone number: 518-443-2041.