Consolidated SPDES Renewals
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 21st day of May, 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
DEC Announces First Annual Environmental Excellence Awards - Applications Available -
Applications are now available for New York State’s First Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This award program was established to recognize NYS organizations that excel in one or more of the following areas: innovative practices, sustainable practices, or in the establishment of partnerships efforts. Eligible applicants include: business/technical assistance providers (includes private educational facilities); non-governmental organizations; government/municipalities (local, state, federal and public educational facilities); and individuals.
Review criteria will include the following: overall environmental benefits, environmental justice, overall economic benefits, innovations in technology, sustainability, partnerships that were created or strengthened by the project, demonstrated leadership, level of management commitment, and transferability.
IMPORTANT: The awards are scheduled to be presented in the Fall of 2004. Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2004.
The application package is available through the DEC’s website: www.dec.state.ny.us, by clicking on "Highlights," by looking under the Subject Index or by doing a Search for "Environmental Excellence Awards."
Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards, should contact Michelle Hinman at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, telephone (518) 402-9469, fax (518) 402-9168, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESEARCHER ACCESS TO PESTICIDE REGISTRY OR
PESTICIDE APPLICATION INFORMATION
Revised Request Form, Confidentiality Guidelines, and Confidentiality Agreement
RESEARCHERS USING PESTICIDE REGISTRY OR PESTICIDE APPLICATION INFORMATION
REPORTERS OF PESTICIDE INFORMATION TO THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Public Health Law § 2411(1)(d) requires the Health Research Science Board (“Board”) to review requests by researchers engaged in human health related research projects for access to pesticide registry information maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) § 33-1203(1)(b) and pesticide application information maintained by private applicators of pesticides pursuant to ECL § 33-1205(2)(c). Pesticide registry and pesticide application information sought by researchers may include the names, addresses and other information that would identify commercial or private applicators of pesticides and/or persons who receive the services of a commercial applicator (“confidential pesticide registry and pesticide application information”). PHL § 2411(1)(d) provides that the Board “shall establish guidelines to restrict the dissemination by researchers of the name, address or other information that would otherwise identify a commercial applicator or private applicator or any person who receives the services of a commercial applicator.”
In accordance with this statutory mandate, in 1998, the Board developed three documents:
a form to be used by researchers seeking pesticide registry information from the Board or pesticide application information from pesticide applicators (“request form”), guidelines to restrict the dissemination of confidential pesticide registry and pesticide application information by researchers (“confidentiality guidelines”), and a confidentiality agreement between a researcher and the Board, which would require the researcher to maintain the confidentiality of any confidential pesticide registry or pesticide application information obtained by the researcher from the Board or a private applicator (“confidentiality agreement”).
The Board proposes revisions to the above-mentioned documents in order to improve the efficiency of the process for requesting confidential pesticide registry and pesticide application information, to provide the Board with additional information to assist in its decision-making, and to expand the section on data security to provide more detail on the need for electronic data security. The three proposed revised documents are: proposed revised request form, proposed revised confidentiality guidelines, and proposed revised confidentiality agreement.
Copies of the proposed revised request form, confidentiality guidelines, and confidentiality agreement may be obtained by calling the NYS Department of Health toll-free at 1-800-458-1158, extension 2-7820.
Written statements or comments on the proposed revised documents will be accepted by fax or mail until the close of business on July 30, 2004 and should be sent to:
Nancy Kim, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Environmental Health Assessment
New York State Department of Health
Flanigan Square – Room 500
547 River Street
Troy, New York 12180
Fax number: (518) 402-7509