Consolidated SPDES Renewals
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.
Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is making available the final June 2004 Addendum to the Division of Water Technical and Operational Guidance Series (TOGS) No. 1.1.1, entitled Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance Values and Groundwater Effluent Limitations. The primary purpose of this TOGS is to provide a compilation of these values for use in Department programs, including the SPDES permit program.
The purpose of this Addendum is to add guidance values and groundwater effluent limitations for three substances: metolachlor ESA, metolachlor OA, and propylene glycol.
A draft of this Addendum was published for 30-day public comment in this publication on January 21, 2004. In the absence of any comments, the final June 2004 Addendum is unchanged from this draft.
The June 2004 Addendum is available from Scott Stoner, Chief, Standards and Classifications Unit, Division of Water, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3502; 518-402-8193; or by email at email@example.com. The June 2004 Addendum will also be made available in the future on the Department’s web site at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/togs/tog_cont.htm.
Final Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2004 CWSRF Intended Use Plan
Fund Adjustments and Amended Project Priority Lists
The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2004 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control Projects, dated September 2003, has been amended. A notice published in the April 28, 2004 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) announced the availability of draft Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2004 CWSRF IUP which discussed adjustments to the sources and uses of funds. These fund adjustments will be used to finance cost changes to projects on the final CWSRF IUP Annual Project Priority Lists; to fund projects that were not included on final IUP Annual List due to administrative oversights; to fund projects moving from Category A and B Annual Lists to Category D Annual List following issuance of CWSRF hardship confirmation letters; to finance contingency projects below the funding lines on the final IUP Annual Lists that have submitted CWSRF financing applications; to finance projects moving from the final IUP Multi-Year List to the Annual List that have outstanding short-term CWSRF loans, which became ready for conversion to long-term CWSRF financing earlier than expected; and to allow projects listed in the Amended 2004 CWSRF IUP Category A & B Annual List to utilize their corpus allocation as an interest-free short-term loan.
Copies of the draft amendment were mailed to those applicants with projects on the amended Annual Lists. Other interested parties were mailed notices of the availability of the draft amendment on EFC’s web site or by calling EFC. Written comments on the draft were to be submitted by Friday, May 14, 2004. One project-specific letter was received which questioned why the estimated long-term financing amount in the CWSRF IUP did not reflect the total estimated project costs submitted for IUP listing in the project update form provided to EFC by the applicant. In a response letter to the applicant, EFC explained that third-party funding sources, such as those associated with the applicant’s project, are not included in the amount needed for CWSRF long-term financing and, therefore, were not included in the listing amount for this project in the IUP. No other public comments were received that affected projects to be funded in the current IUP financing period or necessitated revision of the amendment. Therefore, Amendment No. 1 to the FFY 2004 CWSRF IUP is final.
Copies of the final Amendment No. 1 can be requested by calling the EFC toll-free line at (800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or at (518) 402-7433. Amendment No. 1 will also be available on the EFC web site at http://www.nysefc.org (click on ”What’s New” or ”Clean Water”).
DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street
Troy, NY 12180-2216
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Albany, NY 12207-2997
Draft Amendment #2 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued September 24, 2003 was published in the May 19, 2004 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #2 closed on June 3, 2004. The New York State Department of Health received no public comments pertaining to this amendment. Therefore, the amendment to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan is final as shown below.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) amended the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 24, 2003, to adjust the estimated project costs for nine 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:
|Borrower||County||Project Description||DWSRF #||Current IUP Cost||Proposed IUP Cost||Explanation|
|Suffolk County Water Authority||Suffolk||Wayne Court Well #1, Huntington (T), New Ground Water Source||17235||$424,360||$810,725||The cost increase is the result of a modification of the project scope to include the construction of a control building that is necessary for the control of the well but was not included in the original project submittal. There is no impact to SEQRA since SEQRA covered the inclusion of the proposed building.|
|SCWA||Suffolk||Old Dock Road Well #1, Smithtown (T), New Ground Water Source||17242||$424,360||$522,075||The cost increase is the result of higher project construction bid prices than originally estimated.|
|SCWA||Suffolk||Edgewood Avenue Well #4, Smithtown (T), New Ground Water Source||17248||$424,360||$470,525||The cost increase is the result of higher project construction bid prices than originally estimated.|
|(T) Mt. Pleasant||Westchester||Upgrade water treatment plant||17130||$2,660,000||$5,650,000||The cost increase is the due to the applicant's decision to include refinancing of an approximate $2.4 million bond which was taken out for the work. Originally the Town had only anticipated financing the remaining costs associated for the project and did not include refinancing the bond. In addition, the actual construction costs of the water treatment plant work exceeded the original estimates by approximately $600,000 due to unforeseen required changes in the project during the renovation.|
|(T) Ellisburg||Jefferson||Extend distribution to serve area with private contaminated wells and consolidate public water supplies.||17202||$3,726,000||$4,286,900||The cost increase is the result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer. It is attributed to inflation and an increase in material costs, including the significant increase in steel prices since the original project estimate.|
|(T) Lewis||Essex||Install new ground water source, upgrade water treatment plant, replacement of transmission and distribution mains.||15839||$1,180,013||$1,300,000||The cost increase is the result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
|(C) Mechanicville||Saratoga||New Water Treatment Plant||15284||$4,900,350||$6,106,272||The cost increase is the result of higher project construction bid prices than originally estimated.|
|(T) Patterson||Putnum||Upgrade Ground Water Source, Upgrade Distribution System||16985||$289,000||$385,000||The actual construction costs exceeded original estimates for this project.|
|(T) Forestport||Oneida||Install new ground water source, upgrade distribution mains.||15562||$2,670,000||$3,150,000||The cost increase is the result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer. It is attributed to inflation and an increase in material costs, including the significant increase in steel prices since the original project estimate.|
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. A portion of the proposed IUP cost increase for the Suffolk County Water Authority projects is related to required borrower debt service reserve funds that do not receive subsidy from the DWSRF. 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.
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.