ENB - REGION 4 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Notice of Request for Proposals

Brownfields Assessment Program

As part of a Brownfields Assessment Program, Schenectady County is seeking a qualified consultant or a team of qualified consultants to assist the county with a comprehensive inventory of brownfield sites and the subsequent completion of environmental investigations and development of concept-level remedial action plans at a subset of high priority brownfield sites. The program will focus on a 92-square mile area that corresponds to the boundaries of the Great Flats Aquifer, an Environmental Protection Agency designated sole source aquifer. This area includes portions of the City of Schenectady, Village of Scotia, and the Towns of Glenville, Niskayuna, and Rotterdam.

Contact: To receive a copy of the RFP contact Jeff Edwards at the Schenectady County Department of Economic Development and Planning, Schaffer Heights, Suite 303, 107 Nott Terrace, Schenectady NY 12308, phone: (518) 386-2225, jeffe_2@yahoo.com. Proposals are due Friday, April 15, 2005.


Availability of Voluntary Cleanup

County: Montgomery

Lead Agency: NYSDEC

Project Title: Upland Area Remedial Design Work Plan for Comment
NM Amsterdam MGP Site, A.K.A. Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park, VCP Site No. V00367-4

Project Location: Amsterdam Riverlink Park, Front Street, Montgomery County, Region 4

Brief Project Description: The NYSDEC is now receiving comments on a proposed project to address soil and groundwater contamination at the Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park. The comment period commences with the date of this publication and ends on April 29, 2005. A fact sheet will be distributed announcing a public meeting to be held within this comment period. The proposed project is detailed in the document: Upland Area Remedial Design Work Plan, Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park, Amsterdam Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site, November 2004.

The Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park is located on the Mohawk River adjacent to the State Route 30 bridge. The site is the location of a former manufactured gas plant (MGP). The MGP produced gas for local industry and residential homes by heating coal. Through its operations from the 1860s to the 1930s, the MGP released chemical contaminants into the soil and groundwater in the area of the present park. The New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Canal Corporation and Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid Company, entered into an agreement with the NYSDEC in 1999 to remediate the site.

The proposed project is intended to eliminate, to the extent practicable, the future discharge of contaminants into the Mohawk River and prevent public exposure to contaminants, which consist primarily of non-aqueous phase liquids (oils and tars associated with the MGP operations) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The plan proposes to construct a subsurface vertical barrier wall around the park area designated as Phase II. In addition, a low permeability cap would be provided in the Phase II Area; the cap would accommodate park features. Wells would be provided to collect subsurface non-aqueous phase liquids. Also, institutional controls would be established to prohibit the use of groundwater and restrict the disturbance of soil below the cap. The intended use of the site as a park would be maintained following the completion of remediation, but certain other uses would be restricted or prohibited. The proposed project only addresses the upland, or land portion of the contamination; sediment contamination will be addressed in the future.

These project components and additional components are detailed in the work plan which is available for review at the following locations: Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010 ((518) 842-1080) and the NYSDEC Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233 ((518) 402-9662).

Contact person or for information regarding the public meeting: John Spellman, NYSDEC Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7014. Phone: (518) 402-9662, Fax (518) 402-9679.


Negative Declaration

Rensselaer County - The Town of Schaghticoke, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed adoption of Town of Schaghticoke Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed adoption of the Town of Schaghticoke Comprehensive Plan in accordance with Section 272-a of the Town Law. The Plan includes statements of goals and objectives for the orderly growth of the town. Included in the plan are demographic statistics, past and present land uses, public opinion surveys and recommendations for the town to use and/or adopt in order to reach the aforementioned goals and objectives. The project is located town-wide.

Contact: Town Supervisor, Town of Schaghticoke, 290 North Line Rd. Melrose, NY 12121, phone: (518) 753-6915.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Albany County - The City of Albany Common Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Rezoning of 124-128R Washington Avenue Extension (Residence Inn Hotel). A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Monday, April 18, 2005, at 7:00 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers on the second floor of Albany City Hall (Eagle St., east of State St.). Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until April 29, 2005. The action involves rezoning from R-1B (Single-Family Medium-Density Residential) to C-2 (Highway Commercial) to permit the construction of a 124-room hotel with accessory parking. This is a Type I action. Potential significant environmental impacts that have been identified include those on the Albany Pine Bush (and on the habitat of the Karner Blue Butterfly in particular) and on traffic. The project is located at 124-128 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY.

Contact: Richard Nicholson, Department of Development & Planning, 21 Lodge Street, Albany, New York 12207, phone: (518) 434-2532, ext. 29, fax: (518) 434-9846, E-mail: nichor@ci.albany.ny.us.


Albany County - The Town of Guilderland, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Woodsfield Subdivision. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 13, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Guilderland Town Hall, Guilderland, NY. Written comments on the DEIS will be accepted by the contact person until April 27, 2005. The action involves a 46 lot clustered subdivision on a 107 acre parcel within the Pine Bush study area. The project is located at E. Lydius Street, Guilderland.

Contact: Jan Weston, P. O. Box 339, Guilderland, NY 12084, phone: (518) 356-1980.