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6NYCRR Part 189 Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 03-0301, 11-0325 and 11-1905, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making for 6NYCRR Part 189 relating to Chronic Wasting Disease. This notice will be published in issue 31 of the State Register, dated 08/04/2004, and was effective upon filing on 7/14/2004.

For further information contact:
Patrick P. Martin
Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, N.Y. 12233-4750
Telephone: (518) 402-8995 E-mail: pxmartin@gw.dec.state.ny.us


6NYCRR Sections 2.20, 6.3 and 180.10 Notice of Proposed Rule Making

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 11-0917, 11-1103, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following: Proposed Rule Making for 6NYCRR Sections 2.20, 6.3 and 180.10 relating to the reporting requirements for coyote and pine martin pelt sealing. This proposed rule making will be published in issue 30 of the State Register, dated 07/28/2004. For further information contact: Gordon Batcheller, Bureau of Wildlife Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754 Telephone: (518) 402-8885 E-mail: grbatche@gw.dec.state.ny.us

6NYCRR Part 638 Green Building Tax Credit (GBTC) – Request For Comment On Green Refrigerants

The Public‘s assistance and input is being requested to provide technical data and comment to assist the Department of Environmental Conservation, in making a determination as to whether or not 1, 1– dichloro – 2, 2, 2 – trifluoroethane (commonly referred to as "HCFC 123" in the GBTC program), is equal to or more beneficial than the environmental attributes of EPA – approved non–ozone depleting refrigerants (go to www.epa.gov/air/ozone/index.html), and if the Department should extend the Green Refrigerant Component Tax credit for its use under the NYS GBTC program. The Department will receive the public‘s comments concerning this issue for thirty days from June 30, 2004 through July 29, 2004.

The Green Building Tax Credit program, proposed by Governor Pataki and signed into law on May 15, 2000, allows building owners and developers to deduct from their State taxes the eligible expenses associated with the design and construction of green buildings, including increasing energy efficiency, the use of environmentally–friendly materials, and improving indoor air quality. Some examples of green building features include the use of solar power or fuel cells, daylight and natural cooling, carpeting or other building products made from recycled materials, high performance windows and ventilation systems and green environmentally sound refrigerants in all new air conditioning equipment (including chillers and absorption chillers, water or air cooled unitary equipment, water cooled heat pumps, packaged terminal heat pumps, air conditioners, and other similar air conditioning equipment).

The Green Building Tax Credit regulation 6NYCRR Part 638 promulgated on June 6, 2002, establishes standards that must be met in order for a building or tenant space to qualify as green, including standards for energy and energy efficiency; appliances, and heating and cooling equipment; indoor air quality and testing; recycling of wastes; plumbing fixtures; building materials, finishes and furnishings; and compliance with zoning, land–use, erosion control, storm water management, building code and environmental regulations.

Subpart 638.7 of the GBTC regulation (6NYCRR Part 638) establishes the "Standards and Methods for Determining Compliance," for refrigerants. 638.7 (m) Refrigerants, of this subpart states the following:

All new air conditioning equipment (including chillers and absorption chillers, water or air cooled unitary equipment, water cooled heat pumps, packaged terminal heat pumps, air conditioners, and other similar air conditioning equipment) exclusively utilizes one of the following:

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding this issue should contact Dennis Lucia 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 djlucia@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Information on the Green Building Tax Credit Program (application pkg, legislation and regulations) are available at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu under Green Building Initiative.


$6.1 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR GREEN BUILDING TAX CREDITS Tax Credits Promote Environmentally–Sound Buildings

$6.1 million is available for eligible projects in the State‘s Green Building Tax Credit Program. The tax credit program, proposed by Governor Pataki and signed into law on May 15, 2000, allows building owners and developers to deduct from their State taxes the eligible expenses associated with the design and construction of green buildings, including increasing energy efficiency, the use of environmentally–friendly materials, and improving indoor air quality. Some examples of green building features include the use of solar power or fuel cells, daylight and natural cooling, carpeting or other building products made from recycled materials, and high performance windows and ventilation systems.

Applications are available on DEC’s website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/grnbldg/index.html or by calling the agency‘s Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402–9469. Completed applications will be accepted until December 31, 2004 as prescribed by the legislation. Awards will be made on a first come–first served basis and applicants will be notified within 90 days of the submission of their application.