ENB - STATEWIDE NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Public Notice

Environmental Remediation
Technical Assistance Grants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the "Department") has prepared draft Guidance, the Application, State Assistance Contract, and Record Keeping and Payment Guide for Technical Assistance Grants (TAG). Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs) are authorized pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Article 27, Title 13, Section 1316, State Superfund Program and Title 14, Section 1409, Brownfield Cleanup Program. Written comments regarding the TAG draft documents will be accepted for thirty days after the date of publication of this Notice in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. Comments should be submitted to Laurie Rizzo, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012.

TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. Eligible community groups may apply to receive TAGs for up to a maximum of $50,000 per eligible site. TAGs, in the form of State Assistance Contracts, are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible "significant threat" site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program. There is no matching contribution required on the part of the TAG recipient.

Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals, and share this information with the public. Eligible community groups must be non-responsible parties incorporated as not-for-profit corporations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An eligible community group must certify that its membership represents the interest of the community affected by the site, and that its members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment are potentially threatened by the site.

The TAG draft documents are available on the Department's website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/bcp/index.html or by writing or calling the TAG Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012, (518) 402-9711.


Air Emissions Inventory - Stakeholder Review Invitation

As a member of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Visibility Union (MANE-VU), New York State is participating in the improvement of visibility in major national parks and wilderness areas called Class I areas. Class I areas are characterized by their natural beauty, cultural significance and relative isolation from human impacts. However, many of the Class I areas have reduced visibility due to human-caused air pollutants (sulfates, nitrates, etc.). These pollutants have reduced the average visual range to 15-30 miles, which is about one-third of the visual range under natural conditions. Many visitors and vacationers are disappointed that the grand vistas are affected by pollution commonly referred to as regional haze.

In order to effectively address and curtail regional haze, MANE-VU is developing an emission inventory of existing sources of air pollution in the region. The inventory includes point, area, nonroad and onroad sources. Improving the completeness and accuracy of the inventory is an ongoing and iterative process, and we are offering you an opportunity to review and comment on the inventory as part of that process. MANE-VU is encouraging your participation as part of their commitment to stakeholder participation.

The inventory data is available in summary form for each county. Detailed National Emissions Inventory Input Format (NIF) files for each state and source category are also available.

Source category data and vehicle miles traveled summaries are available on Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA’s) website at: www.marama.org/visibility/EmissionsInventory The NIF 3.0 files (the inventory data) are available from E. H. Pechan & Associates’ FTP site at: ftp.pechan.com by logging in with the username "mane-vu" and password "draft2002" (case sensitive). Detailed information on NIF files is available on the U.S. EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/nif/index.html

If you have any questions (regarding the NIF format, etc.), please contact Ron Stannard of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Please send any comments on the inventory data to James Ralston of NYSDEC by September 13, 2004.

Contact information: Ron Stannard, P.E.
Chief, Stationary Source Section
Bureau of Air Quality Planning
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-3251
Telephone: (518) 402-8396
E-mail: rwstanna@gw.dec.state.ny.us

James Ralston, P.E.
Chief, Bureau of Air Quality Planning
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-3251
Telephone: (518) 402-8396
E-mail: jeralsto@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Statewide Trails Council Meeting
September 11, 2004
11 am - 3 pm

at:
Schoharie Crossing Historic Site
Railroad St.
Fort Hunter, NY

Agenda to include:
Recreation Trails Program
Trail Insurance
State Related Trail Projects