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Hearing Notice


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.
625 Broadway
Public Assembly Room 129B
Albany NY 12233

Friday, May 14, 2004, 10:00 a.m.
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

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The Town Planning Board of the Town of Hamden, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Site Plan Review of Delaware Opportunities Public Building will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves Site Plan Review of the proposed 3,900 square foot Octagon Farm Motor Lodge including on-site septic system and on-site water supply. The project is located in the Town of Hamden, NYS Route 10 and County Road 26.

Contact: Melissa Ormandy, Town Planning Board, Hamden Town Hall, Corner Route 10, DeLancey NY, 13782, phone: (607) 965-5694.

Schoharie County - The Village of Middelburgh, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water System Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of a new storage tank, installation of a secondary, redundant well and replacement of the water lines in the distribution system. The Village will extend its water service to a few streets, old mains will be replaced, and a new transmission main will be installed beneath the Schoharie Creek.

Contact: Janet Mayer, Middleburgh Village, 309 Main St., P.O. Box 789, Middleburgh, NY 12122, phone: (518) 827-5143, fax: (518)827-9511, e-mail: atavenner@delaware-eng.com.

Positive Declaration And Notice Of Scoping

DEC #4-1040-00034/00001
Town of Greenport, Columbia County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), as SEQR lead agency, has determined that the proposed Colarusso & Son, Inc. hard rock quarry expansion may have a significant impact on the environmental and that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) must be prepared.

Written comments may be submitted on the draft scoping outline and will be accepted by the Department until COB on April 30, 2004.

The proposed action involves the expansion of an existing permitted 77 acre hard rock quarry by an additional 175 acres. The 175 acre expansion will include 122 acres of excavation area and 53 acres of support area. This expansion would result in an increase of the Life of Mine area from 77 acres to 252 acres. Approximately 15 million tons of rock would be mined over a 20 year period, depending upon market demand.

Copies of the draft Scoping Outline and the modified Mined Land Use Plan and accompanying maps are available for review at:

Town of Greenport, 600 Town Hall Drive, Hudson, NY 12534; Town Clerk; (518) 828-4656

City of Hudson, City Hall, 520 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534; City Clerk; (518) 828-1030

Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534; (518) 828-1792

Claverack Library, 629 Route 23B, Claverack, NY 12513; (518) 851-9120

NYS DEC Region 4 Headquarters, 1150 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306

Additional copies of the Scoping Outline may also be obtained by contacting the A. Colarusso & Son Inc. at (518) 828-3218 or the NYSDEC at (518) 357-2069. Copies of the Mined Land Use Plan may be obtained from the NYSDEC through standard Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) procedures.

Contact: Michael Higgins, Deputy Permit Administrator, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 4, 1150 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306; (518) 357-2069.

Positive Declaration

Rensselaer County - The Town of Berlin Zoning Board of Appeals, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Williams College Wind Monitoring Tower and Wind Farm may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the initial construction of a 50 meter wind monitoring tower, potential construction of seven 1.5 megawatt turbines with up to 200 foot blade diameters to provide power to Williams College and the potential relocation of the Taconic Crest Trail on State forest land. The project is located 11/2 miles south of Petersburg Pass in the Town of Berlin between Petersburg Mountain and Berlin Mountain.

Contact: Richard Patsos, Zoning Board of Appeals, 2686 Plank Road, Petersburg, NY 12138, phone: (518) 658-3147.

Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Columbia County - The Planning Board of the Town of Stuyvesant, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Hudson Landing Mobile Home Park, a/k/a Frank Palladino Mobile Home Park Expansion. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 29, 2004, at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall, Town of Stuyvesant, Route 26A, Stuyvesant, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 10, 2004 at 4:00 pm. The action involves site plan approval for a mobile home park to expand the existing mobile home park by 96 units on a site of approximately 137 acres. The facility will utilize on-site water supply and subsurface sewage disposal systems. The project is located on Summerset Road in the Town of Stuyvesant, tax parcel #42.0-1-28.1.

Contact: Janice Myszkowski, Town of Stuyvesant, Route 26A, Stuyvesant, NY 12173, phone: (518) 758-6248 x19, fax: (518) 758-8077, E-mail: genejan61@berk.com.