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6NYCRR Part 40 Notice of Emergency Adoption and Revised Rule Making

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 13-0340-b, 13-0340-e and 13-0340-f, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Revised Rule Making of 6NYCRR Part 40 relating to marine fish. This notice will be published in issue 33 of the State Register, dated 8/18/2004 and was effective upon filing on 7/30/2004.

For further information contact:
Alice Weber, Bureau of Marine Resources
Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
205 N. Belle Meade Rd.
East Setauket, NY 11733
Telephone: (631) 444-0435
E-mail: amweber@gw.dec.state.ny.us


6NYCRR Part 41 - Notice of Adoption

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 13-0307 and 13-0319, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption for 6NYCRR Part 41 relating to the sanitary condition of shellfish lands. This notice will be published in issue 33 of the State Register, dated 8/18/2004.

For further information contact:
Julie Ventaloro, Bureau of Marine Resources
Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
205 N. Belle Meade Rd.. Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733
Telephone: (631) 444-0482
E-mail: jlvental@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Draft Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The NYCDEP, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bowery Bay Water Pollution Control Plant, Contract 58 Improvement Program will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Bowery Bay Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) is a conventional secondary wastewater treatment plant. The existing plant has treatment facilities designed to treat an annual average dry weather flow of 150-mgd, which would produce approximately 40 dry tons per day (dtd) of dewatered sludge. The plant has hydraulic capacity to convey and to provide primary treatment for 300-mgd of wet weather flow. Currently, flows to the plant are approximately 110-mgd, while dewatered sludge production is approximately 32 dry tons per day (dtd) on an annual average basis. Existing liquid treatment operations include Raw Sewage Screening, Raw Sewage Pumping, Preliminary Settling, Activated Sludge Aeration, Final Settling and Disinfection. The solids treatment operations are composed of Gravity Thickening, Anaerobic Digestion, Sludge Storage and Centrifuge Dewatering. The dewatered sludge is hauled off-site and further processed in accordance with the Department‘s Sludge Management Program.

A Negative Declaration was given for an overall Bowery Bay WPCP improvement project (CEQR No. 96DEP163) in April 2000 concluding that the project would not result in significant environmental impacts. The construction of Phase I (Contract 57) started in December 2000. In 2003, due to financial constraints, non-critical components of the upgrade were either deferred or eliminated. The remaining activities were divided into Phases II (Contract 58) and III (Contract 59). Each phase of construction is independent of proposed subsequent phases and can be assessed for potential environmental impacts individually. The proposed project pertains to improvements for Phase II.

The Phase II work would include the replacement of several WPCP components that would stabilize the gravity thickener facility at the Bowery Bay WPCP. Additionally, this work would include replacement of all process equipment, HVAC and electrical systems. Descriptions of the requirements for the Contract 58 General, HVAC and Electrical contracts are given below. An extension to the existing thickener gallery would be constructed to house a new Motor Control Center equipment.

Structures and Equipment Contract (58G): The structures and equipment contract would require work in multiple areas of the gravity thickener complex. The major areas of work include the gravity thickener tanks, gravity thickener gallery and the eastern side of the gallery. Work under this contract includes the following:

HVAC Contract 58H: The HVAC contract work would require installation of new heating and ventilating units and exhaust fans to provide twelve air changes per hour in the thickener gallery. Unit heaters and convectors would also be installed throughout the gallery to achieve the necessary heating requirements. The hot water supply and return would be provided from the Main Plant Boiler currently being constructed. Demolition of all existing HVAC equipment is included in the scope of work under this contract.

Electrical Contract 58E: The electrical contract work would require installation of a new 480V motor control center (MCC) to provide power and control requirements for sludge collectors, thickened sludge pumps, sludge grinders and miscellaneous processes. In addition to the new process equipment, electrical work is also required for HVAC systems, area lighting and receptacle requirements in the thickener gallery. Unit Substation E-1535 currently being constructed would be used to deliver 480V power to the new 480V MCC located on the eastside of gravity thickeners No. 6 and 8. Demolition of all existing electrical equipment is included in the scope of work under this contract. Figure A-2 shows the proposed site plan.

A preliminary critical path method (CPM) schedule was developed for the project. The estimated duration to complete all construction work is 38 months from Notice to Proceed (NTP). This project has a targeted NTP of October 2004 and a completion date of December 2007. The critical path for the project includes the work associated with lead abatement, electrical facilities and the tank-by-tank work for each thickener.

Project Location:
Bowery Bay Water Pollution Control Plant
43-01 Berrian Boulevard
Astoria, NY 11105

Contact: Crystal Johnson, NYCDEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-4364, fax: (718) 595-4479, email: cjohnson@dep.nyc.gov.


New York City (Queens) County - The NYCDEP, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed North River Water Pollution Control Plant, Contract 2E (R) Emergency Generator Reliability Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Currently, two (2) 3000 kVA Solar Turbine Generators serve as Emergency Generators at the North River WPCP. The generators are furnished with a diesel hydraulic starting system. The diesel engine that is mounted on the generator skid is normally provided with dc power by batteries and a battery charger. The diesel engine operates the hydraulic pump that develops high pressure to turn the main turbine. The existing battery/charger system is designed to provide a certain number of attempted starts of the diesel engine, if the turbine generator units are not started within this number of starts, there will be no battery power available to start the turbine generator. In the event of complete loss of Con Edison power and thus ac power input to the battery charger, and to the engine generator auxiliaries it is not possible to start the existing Turbine Generators.

The work under this contract is intended to provide an emergency back-up source of ac power to the engine auxiliaries and the battery charging system, so that starting of the engine generators is not limited by the design number of starts of the battery/battery charging system. The work under this contract consists of the following:

1.  Furnishing and installing one (1) 200kW diesel generator.
2.  Furnishing and installing installation of (3) transfer switches.
3.  Furnishing and installing related conduit, wiring, testing and commissioning.
4.  Furnishing and installing structural and mechanical items of work for a complete installation.

With the installation of the work under this contract, when Con Edison power is lost, all of the auxiliaries of the solar turbine generators would be connected to the 200 kW black start generator, which would be automatically started by the transfer switches. This would provide the solar turbine generator auxiliaries with a redundant source of power to operate, while the solar turbine generators complete their starting cycle. Once the solar turbine generators begin to provide the plant with power, the solar turbine auxiliaries would be transferred back to operate from the plant power and the 200 kW diesel generator would be shut down.

Project Location:
North River Water Pollution Control Plant
715 West 135th Street
New York, NY 11222

Contact: Crystal Johnson, NYCDEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-4364, fax: (718) 595-4479, email: cjohnson@dep.nyc.gov.


New York City (Queens) County - The NYCDEP, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Jamaica Water Pollution Control Plant, Modification Improvement Project – Phase 2 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On-going improvements are being made at the Jamaica WPCP as a result of a stabilization study that was conducted in 1989-1991 and 1994 to address specific operational problems to enable the Jamaica WPCP to meet its State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit requirements. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the NYCDEP agreed to construct various improvements throughout the Jamaica WPCP pursuant to a Consent Decree. The proposed action would enable the Jamaica WPCP to more consistently meet flow and effluent limits defined by the SPDES permit. A Negative Declaration was given for the overall Jamaica WPCP improvement project (CEQR No. 96DEP001) in May 1996 which concluded that the project would not result in significant environmental impacts. Recent modifications that have been designed for the Jamaica WPCP improvement project, and which would be funded as part of the NYCDEP‘s Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Plan, are the subject of this environmental review. The proposed project pertains to improvements and modifications of the process and odor control equipment and existing structures at the Jamaica WPCP. The improvements would also include new construction of general structures and equipment, electrical, HVAC systems, and plumbing contractor work.

The Jamaica WPCP Improvements Project Phase 2 is proposed to assist the plant in meeting permit requirements and to reduce odor impacts in the surrounding community. These goals would be obtained by increasing the reliability and efficiency of the various plant systems, reducing sludge volume, and improving sludge disposal procedures. Improvements to the facility are being implemented in phases. Phase 1 of these improvements is currently under construction.

The following specific improvements will be made under the Phase 2 improvements:

Project Location:
Jamaica Water Pollution Control Plant
150-20 134th Street
Jamaica, NY 11430

Contact: Crystal Johnson, NYCDEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-4364, fax: (718) 595-4479, email: cjohnson@dep.nyc.gov.


New York City (Queens) County - The NYCDEP, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed North River Water Pollution Control Plant, Contract 35 Process Optimization and Odor Minimization will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is proposing improvements to the North River WPCP which would replace and upgrade miscellaneous equipment, instrumentation, and controls that are nearing the end of their useful life for the purpose of optimizing the wastewater treatment process and for the purpose of reducing potential odor generation and minimize odorous emissions.

Currently, the North River WPCP controls the odors from the wastewater treatment processes mainly through three large control systems: North Odor Control System (NOCS), South Odor Control System (SOCS) and West Odor Control System (WOCS). The air from the controlled areas undergoes two stages of treatment: the odorous air is pumped to either the NOCS, SOCS, or WOCS where it is scrubbed with a mixture of two chemicals, sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide and then sent to dual-bed activated carbon adsorbers which capture odors and other compounds. The existing NOCS consists of eight (8) chemical wet scrubbers and twenty-two (22) activated carbon adsorbers and has two (2) large exhaust stacks. The SOCS consists of five (5) scrubbers and twelve (12) carbon units and has one (1) large exhaust stack. The WOCS consists of four (4) scrubbers and twelve (12) activated carbon adsorbers and the treated air of this system is sent to the NOCS plenum and exits through two identical exhaust stacks.

In addition to the existing NOCS and SOCS, there are eight (8) small carbon adsorber units that treat the odors from two (2) mixed liquor channels and one (1) small carbon adsorber that treats laboratory odors. Under the proposed action, these small carbon adsorbers would be removed and the odorous air from the mixed liquor channels would be treated by the SOCS and odorous air from laboratory would be treated by NOCS. After the completion of the proposed project, the odorous air collected and contained at the plant would be treated at either the NOCS or SOCS. The proposed modifications to the SOCS include:

The proposed modifications to the NOCS include:

To optimize the odor control process, an additional sixth process blower would be installed and modifications to the existing piping and secondary bypass system would occur.

Proposed modifications would reduce the potential for the exhaust of odorous air and other emissions at the North River WPCP by modifying and optimizing the existing odor control strategy and by containing and treating additional process areas at the plant. Because the SOCS would treat additional air from the final settling tanks effluent launders, the mixed liquor channels, and the chlorine contact tanks, the exhaust air flow rate from the SOCS would increase by approximately 42,750 cfm. The total flow from the SOCS stack would therefore increase from 171,000 cfm to 213,750 cfm upon implementation of the Contract 35 upgrades. Since the odorous air from the mixed liquor channel area would be treated by the SOCS, the eight (8) existing carbon adsorbers currently treating odors from the mixed liquor channel area would no longer be needed and would be removed under this Contract. Currently, emissions from these carbon units vent as fugitive emissions.

For the NOCS, additional standby carbon adsorbers would be installed and a small volume of laboratory air would also be treated, but this would not increase the exhaust stack flow rate, due to improvements in the duct work and ventilation patterns. Therefore, the flow rates from the NOCS stacks remain at 135, 460 cfm (per stack) under typical conditions and 222,000 cfm (per stack) at maximum flow conditions after Contract 35 upgrades.

Project Location:
North River Water Pollution Control Plant
715 West 135th Street
New York, NY 11222

Contact: Crystal Johnson, NYCDEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-4364, fax: (718) 595-4479, email: cjohnson@dep.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City (Bronx) County - The NYC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping meeting will be held on September 9, 2004 at 6:00 pm at the Bronx Borough President‘s Office, 198 East 161st Street, 2nd Floor, Bronx, New York. The period for submitting written comments will remain open until September 20, 2004. The Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market is a proposed redevelopment of a portion of the current Bronx Terminal Market site, along with the Bronx House of Detention. On the eastern side of Exterior Street, the project would include a series of five 1-story retail buildings with an adjacent surface parking lot; two 3-story retail buildings, one with parking on the ground floor; a 6-level parking garage with retail space on Exterior Street and River Avenue; and a hotel with a banquet facility and parking. On the western side of Exterior Street, the project would include a public park and waterfront esplanade totaling approximately 2 acres, and a 2-story retail building with parking on the ground floor. In total, the project will comprise approximately 2,383,074 gross square feet of new development on the site. The project is expected to be complete and operational in 2009, except for the hotel, which would not be completed until 2014. The project would involve the closing of the Bronx Terminal Market and the Bronx House of Detention.

The project would require a number of discretionary actions, including the disposition of land (a long-term lease); rezoning; modification of the City Map; special permits to modify the site‘s underlying bulk regulations and parking requirements, to permit a public parking garage in excess of 150 spaces, and to provide relief for signs not otherwise permitted under the Zoning Resolution; and a waterfront authorization. In addition, the project sponsor will seek financing from the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA). The project is expected to qualify for inclusion in the Brownfield Cleanup Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The project may require a NYSDEC State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities. The project may also require a tidal wetlands permit and/or Protection of Waters permit(s) from NYSDEC, as well as a water quality certification, and possibly a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) for shoreline-related work. The Proposed Project is within the boundaries of the coastal zone and will require a NYSDOS determination of consistency with New York City‘s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The project may also involve a land transfer from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to New York City, and a revocable consent for utility lines underneath Exterior Street. The Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market project is located in the West Haven neighborhood of the Bronx on an approximately 26-acre parcel that is bordered by Metro North Rail Road tracks to the north, River Avenue to the east, 149th Street to the south, and the Harlem River to the west.

Contact: Meenakshi Varandani, NYCEDC, 110 William Street,NY, NY 10038, phone: (212) 312-3861, fax: (212) 312-3911, email: mvarandani@nycedc.com.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City (Bronx) County - The NYC Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East 153rd Street Bridge over Metro-North Railroad, Bronx. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on August 30, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bronx Borough President‘s Office, 198 East 161st Street, 2nd floor, Conference Room, Bronx, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 9, 2004. The action involves the New York City Department of Transportation proposes to construct a four-lane bridge that extends over the Metro-North Railroad between Grand Concourse and Morris Avenue to provide an additional east-west corridor in the South Bronx. This bridge will be constructed to replace a two-lane bridge that was built in 1902 and later demolished in 1992 due to structural problems. The original bridge was located within the existing Right-of-Way that extends from east to west over the Mott Haven Yard.

The proposed bridge will be 105 feet wide and 490 feet long. It will be supported by two (2) 152 foot high towers located near the center of the bridge and abutments at each end of the bridge. Cables will extend to the base of the bridge deck at equal intervals. The existing grade below the proposed bridge ranges from elevation 20 feet to 16 feet, from west to east respectively. The surface of the proposed bridge is at elevation 52 feet at the west end and 37 feet at the east end. The bridge is being designed to align approximately with the elevation of the existing roadway approaches. The bridge deck cross section will have a depth of approximately 4 feet.

The project site is located in Community Districts 1 and 4 of the Bronx, New York. The western boundary of the project site is the intersection of Grand Concourse and East 153rd Street. The eastern boundary of the project site is the intersection of East 153rd Street and Morris Avenue.

Contact: Naim Rasheed,NYCDOT, Traffic Planning Office of Project Analysis/CEQR, 40 Worth Street, Room 928, New York, NY 10013, phone: (212) 676-1680, email:nrasheed@dot.nyc.gov., or, Joseph Santamaria, NYCDOT Bureau of Roadway Bridges, 59 Maiden Lane, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10038, phone: (212) 487-7805, email:Jsantamaria@dot.nyc.gov.