ENB - REGION 1 NOTICES

Completed Applications
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Negative Declaration

Suffolk County - The Long Island Power Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Riverhead to Jamesport Transmission System Upgrade will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On the basis of an initial environmental assessment of the project, a Negative Declaration was adopted by LIPA on September 25, 2003, prior to LIPA’s approval of the project. LIPA’s approval of the project was subsequently challenged by the Town of Riverhead in an Article 78 Proceeding. While that proceeding was pending, LIPA completed the project and placed it into service in July, 2004. In a decision dated September 29, 2004, the Supreme Court, Suffolk County held that LIPA’s evaluation of potential project impacts on aesthetic resources and the Town of Riverhead’s open space acquisition program had been inadequate, and directed LIPA to prepare a supplemental environmental assessment. A supplemental environmental assessment addressing these issues and incorporating the previous environmental assessment has been prepared. On the basis of that supplemental assessment, a Negative Declaration was again approved and adopted by LIPA on Nov. 18, 2004.

The project involved the replacement a pre-existing 23 kilovolt (“kV”) transmission line, which included six conductors (wires), with a state-of-the art 69 kV transmission line that consists of only three conductors. Associated substation equipment has also been replaced. While the pre-existing transmission line was entirely overhead, nearly half of the replacement line was placed underground. Where the replacement line was placed overhead, it followed the route of the pre-existing transmission line, and the pre-existing lattice-type towers were removed and replaced with slender modern monopoles. The project is located in Southampton and Riverhead, New York.

Contact: Edward J. Grilli, Long Island Power Authority, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Suite 403, Uniondale, NY 11553, phone: (516) 719-9877.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Suffolk County - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Caithness Bellport Energy Center to be located in the Town of Brookhaven’s North Bellport Empire Development Zone may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Following the Public Comment Meeting on the Draft Scope of Work, the public comment period on the Draft Scope of Work will remain open for written comments, which must be received by LIPA by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2005. Comments should be sent to:

Long Island Power Authority
Attention: Caithness Bellport Public Comments
333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Suite 403
Uniondale, New York 11553

Public Comment Meeting Date and Location:

Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Bellport Middle School Auditorium, 35 Kreamer Street, Bellport, NY 11713

Directions to the Public Comment Meeting on the Draft Scope of Work: From Sunrise Highway-State Route 27 exit 56, take Station Road south about 2 miles to Kreamer Street. Make a right onto Kreamer Street and proceed to the Middle School entrance. From South Country Road, take Station Road north to Kreamer Street, which is the first street on the left.

The proposed facility would consist of a dual-fueled combined-cycle power plant with a maximum output of approximately 350 megawatts, consisting of a Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation 501F turbine, a heat recovery steam generator and a single steam turbine. The heat recovery steam generator would be equipped with natural gas-fired duct burners. Air-cooled condensing would be employed to minimize water usage, reduce water treatment costs and eliminate a cooling tower plume. Selective catalytic reduction technology and an oxidation catalyst would be utilized to reduce air emissions. The facility would interconnect to the 138 kilovolt (kV) LIPA system within a 96-acre parcel via a new 138 kV substation to be constructed on site and adjacent to the existing LIPA 138 kV Holbrook to Brookhaven transmission line right-of-way.

The facility would be located on a 15-acre site within an approximately 96-acre parcel located south of the Sills Road interchange (Exit 66) of the Long Island Expressway within the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, Long Island. The property is east of Old Dock Road and north of Horseblock Road and bounded on the north by the Long Island Railroad.

Alternatives that will be considered in the EIS will include a no-action alternative and a reasonable range of other alternatives, such as alternative methods to meet energy needs, alternative project technology, alternative project design and operational modes, and alternative project scale or magnitude.

Information regarding the Proposed Action and a copy of the Draft Scope of Work is available on the LIPA website at www.lipower.org (under the “About LIPA, Powering LI” tab) and at the following locations: Brookhaven Free Library, 273 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven, NY 11719, (631) 286-1923; Longwood Public Library, 800 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953, (631) 924-6400; South Country Library, 22 Station Road, Bellport, NY 11713, (631) 286-0818. A Public Comment Meeting on the Draft Scope of Work for the proposed Caithness Bellport Energy Center will be held, as indicated below, to solicit comments from interested individuals, organizations, agencies and elected officials. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work will also be available at the Public Comment Meeting.

Contact: Edward J. Grilli, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Long Island Power Authority, 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Suite 403, Uniondale, NY 11553, phone: (516) 719-9877, E-mail: egrilli@lipower.org.


Nassau County - The Town of Oyster Bay, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Petition of the Plainview Properties LLC for a Change of Zone and Recission of Declaration of Restrictive Covenants may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on December 9, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY. The action involves a change of zone to a planned unit development to construct a mixed-use development consisting of 220 rental units, 108,640 sq. ft. of retail space, 135 town house units, 316 condominium units, 48 senior citizen units, 20,060 sq. ft. of office space, and 18,893 sq. ft. cultural center, a 27,240 sq. ft. clubhouse and 287,878 sq. ft. of lodging. The project is located on the north and south sides of Old Country road, Plainview, town of Oyster Bay.

Contact: Aldona Lawson, TEQR Division, Town Environmental Quality Review Division, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, NY 11792, phone: (516) 677-5717, fax: (516) 677-5730.