Consolidated SPDES Renewals
AIR VIOLATION PENALTY POLICY FOR SHORT-FORM ORDERS ON CONSENT
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes a program policy to provide a consistent approach to address air violations where the potential for harm and any actual harm to public health, the environment or the regulatory system is minor. The penalty ranges and guidance in the policy will assist Department Staff in efficiently and fairly deterring future violations and assessing appropriate penalties. Additionally, this policy will provide the regulated community with greater certainty regarding penalties for minor violations.
This notice affords the opportunity to provide written comments on the Air Violation Penalty Policy for Short-Form Orders on Consent. Full copies of the policy are available in hard copy at the following office of the Department: Office of General Counsel, Regional Enforcement Coordination, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-5500. The draft policy is also available on the Department's website at: (www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ogc/dee/dee23.pdf) (118KB).
Comments on the Air Violation Penalty Policy for Short-Form Orders on Consent may be e-mailed to Regional Enforcement Coordination (email@example.com), or mailed to same at NYS DEC, Office of General Counsel, Regional Enforcement Coordination, at the above address. Comments must be provided by October 22, 2004. DEC will consider all relevant comments received for incorporation into the document.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the "Department") has prepared a draft Environmental Easement that is intended to be used by the Department as a standard document that is required for all parties where an environmental easement must be filed in the title record relating to real property.
In accordance with Section 3-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law, written comments regarding the Draft Environmental Easement will be accepted for thirty days after the date of publication of this Notice in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. Comments should be submitted to Mary vonWergers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Enforcement, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5500.
The Draft Environmental easement is available on the Departmentís website at www.dec.state.ny.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/ or by writing or calling Lisa Cerniglia, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Enforcement, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5500, (518) 402-9512. In addition, copies of the Draft Environmental easement are available for public inspection in the Departmentís main office at the above address and in each of the Departmentís nine regional offices.
Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 11-0917, 11-1103, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:
Notice of Adoption for 6NYCRR Sections 2.20, 6.3 and 180.10 relating to the reporting requirements for pine martin and coyote pelt sealing. This proposed rule making will be published in issue 39 of the State Register, dated 09/29/2004.
For further information contact:
Gordon Batcheller, Bureau of Wildlife
Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Telephone: (518) 402-8885
MUNICIPALITIES AND OWNERS/OPERATORS OF PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use PlanDraft Amendment #3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued September 24, 2003 was published in the August 25, 2004 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #3 closed on September 9, 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:
ďThe 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 two 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|
|(T) Scriba||Oswego||New storage, new pump station, upgrade pump station, new distribution||15394||$5,800,000||$6,800,000||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 significant increase in steel prices since the original project estimate.|
|(V) Antwerp||Jefferson||Upgrade water treatment plant, upgrade ground water source, upgrade transmission, upgrade pump station||15057||$2,508,000||$2,598,000||The cost increase is the result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
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. 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.Ē
The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOHís toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.
The Department is seeking input on the development of a new environmental leadership program, which will be called New York Environmental Leaders. New York Environmental Leaders will be a voluntary program focused on encouraging Environmental Management Systems, beyond compliance performance, pollution prevention, and sustainable business practices. The Department will encourage participation by providing recognition and incentives to those organizations that are able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for entering New York Environmental Leaders. The framework for New York Environmental Leaders is established in a recently issued Commissionerís Policy on Environmental Management Systems (CP-34). However, many details still need to be established. In order to gather input on the details of this program, the Department is asking interested stakeholders to complete a survey. The survey can be found at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/nyel/shsurvey.pdf .Please take the time to complete the survey and return it, as directed, by October 1, 2004.
Anyone interested in receiving more information on New York Environmental Leaders should visit www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/nyel/index.html or contact: John Vana, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750; Telephone: (518)402-9469; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed amendment of Section 1.31 of Title 6 NYCRR, "Hunting Black Bear"
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Wildlife, will conduct a public hearing on the proposed amendment of Section 1.31 of Title 6 NYCRR, "Hunting Black Bear". This rulemaking is necessary to expand the areas open for black bear hunting in an effort to better manage New York's black bear population, and to provide additional opportunities for hunters to harvest black bears. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the September 15, 2004 issue of the State Register (http://www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register/2004/sept15/toc.htm).
The meeting will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 34570 St Hwy 10, Hamden, NY 13782, October 5, 2004, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. This meeting is open to the public.
For further information contact:
Rick Georgeson, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 4, 1150 Westcott Rd.
Schenectady, NY 12306-2014