Region 6 SEQR and Other Notices Region 6 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 6 Completed Applications 06/08/2005

Herkimer County

Applicant: Earl Folnsbee
Facility: Folnsbee's Sand Pit
Rt 8
Norway, NY
Application ID: 6-2140-00006/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation
Project is Located: Herkimer County
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to expand an existing sand and gravel mining operation.  The life of mine boundary will increase from 15.0 acres to 39.0 acres, with the acreage to be affected during the remaining permit term (3 years)  to increase from 15.0 acres to 23.0 acres.  The operation will also include on-site screening of mineral products and the importation of no more than 500 cubic yards of ditch cleanings to be blended with on-site material for commercial sale.  The 39.0 acre parcel is owned by the applicant and is located at the intersection of NYS Route 8 and Hurricane Road in the Town of Norway.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jul 8 2005.
Contact: Patrick M Clearey
NYSDEC Region 6 Utica SUB-OFFICE
State Office Bldg - 207 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13501
(315)793-2555
r6dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Jefferson County

Applicant: General Signal Corp
700 Terrace Point Dr
Muskegon, MI 49440
Facility: General SIGNAL-NEW York Air Brake
Starbuck Avenue & Pearl Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Application ID: 6-2218-00080/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES
Project is Located: Jefferson County
Project Description:
The Department has made a tentative determination to modify the existing SPDES Permit as follows:
Detailed Reasons for Incomplete (or) Summary of Proposed Permit Changes (and/or) Response to Comments:

- Copper is being changed from a Monitor requirement to a limit.
- The following parameters are having their monitoring frequencies reduced: TSS, O&G, Fe,                    Aroclor 1254, 1,1,1-TCA, Vinyl Chloride.
- The following parameters are deleted from the permit: As, Cr, Pb, Mn, 1,1-Dichloroethane.
- A Schedule of Compliance is added to require PCB congener testing for 3 months.
- A water treatment chemical page listing approved WTCs is added to the permit.
- The BMP page has been replaced with a new page which recognizes the the permittee has  already complied with BMP submittal requirements, and DNA requirements have been added.
The draft permit with conditions is available in the Region 6 NYS DEC office in Watertown, New York.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jul 8 2005.
Contact: Lawrence R Ambeau
NYSDEC Region 6 Headquarters
State Office BUILDING|317 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601
(315)785-2245
r6dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Oneida County

Applicant: Village of Boonville
13149 St Rte 12
Boonville, NY 13309
Facility: Boonville WWTP
Mill Creek Rd
Boonville, NY 13309
Application ID: 6-3026-00007/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES
Project is Located: Oneida County
Project Description:
Combined sewers convey both sewage and stormwater. During dry weather the sewers discharge to the local wastewater treatment plant where the effluent is treated to remove pollutants before discharge to the receiving water. During rain events, when storm water enters the sewers, the capacity of the sewer system to convey the combined effluent to the treatment plant is often exceeded and the effluent will discharge directly to the receiving water.

Since CSOs contain mixtures of domestic sewage, storm water runoff, and sometimes, industrial wastewater, they may contain high levels of suspended solids, toxic chemicals, floatable materials and other pollutants that can cause exceedances of water quality standards and use impairments. Such exceedances may pose risks to human and aquatic health and may impair the use and enjoyment of the Nation’s waterbodies.

On April 19, 1994, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded to the CSO problem by officially noticing  the Combined Sewer Overflow Control Policy (Policy).  The purpose of the Policy was to expedite compliance with the requirements of the Clean Water Act by controlling CSO discharges to the Nation’s waters. Six years later, Congress enacted the Wet Weather Water Quality Act of 2000 requiring SPDES permits or orders for CSO communities/permittees to conform to the Policy.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is authorized to issue NPDES permits in New York State pursuant to a 1975 Memorandum of Agreement with Region II EPA.  NYSDEC issues permits to discharge wastewater  under the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) program.   As part of this program, DEC issues SPDES discharge permits to CSO communities/permittees.

There are 76communities with almost 1000 CSOs  in New York.  New York is estimated to have about ten  percent of the total national problem of combined sewer overflows.  In consideration of the significant work needed to implement the Policy in New York State, EPA and NYSDEC agreed that DEC would  prioritize the implementation of the policy, starting with  CSO communities that had the greatest water quality impact. DEC has completed implementation of CSO requirements in permits and/or consent orders for those communities. DEC has recently entered into an agreement with EPA to expeditiously modify all remaining CSO SPDES permits in New York State in order to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.

The CSO requirements include implementing Nine Minimum Controls (NMC) and a Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP). The NMCs are inexpensive technology-based controls that can be used to control CSOs without performing extensive studies. DEC has developed15 Best Management Practices (BMPs), which embody the NMCs and require the control of CSO discharges from combined sewer systems.  The applicable BMPs are to be included in all SPDES permits for combined sewer systems. DEC also developed a checklist as guidance for permittees in preparing their annual BMP reports.


The LTCP consists of more extensive characterization and monitoring of both the combined sewer system and the receiving water, as well as selection and implementation of CSO control alternatives, with the intent of minimizing the impacts of CSOs on water quality. The Policy provides consideration for CSO permittees serving populations under 75,000 such that the scope of the Phase I LTCP may be streamlined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Department.

LTCP requirements are included in the SPDES permits where implementation of the BMPs alone will not result in compliance with the CWA. The LTCP requirement is broken into two phases. Phase I of the  LTCP is a comprehensive study of the combined sewer system and the effect of CSOs on the receiving water quality. Once it is determined whether water quality standards in the receiving water are impacted by CSO discharges, the permittee will, if necessary, research alternatives for mitigation of the impact of CSO discharges and choose one or more of those alternatives for implementation. The permittee will suggest a schedule of construction or implementation of those alternatives, i.e. Phase II of the LTCP, to DEC.

Phase II of the LTCP is the construction and implementation of the alternatives chosen in the Phase I  LTCP. Once the control measures are in place, the permittee is required to perform post-construction monitoring to ensure that the goals of the LTCP and the appropriate water quality standards are met.

The Village of Boonville SPDES permit has been modified to include BMP numbers 14 and 15 along with the required LTCP.  BMP number 14 refers to the characterization and monitoring of the Villages CSO system.  BMP number 15 refers to the requirement of an annual report summarizing implementation of the BMP’s.





State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jul 8 2005.
Contact: Andrea L Sheeran
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us

St Lawrence County

Applicant: Alcoa Inc
201 Isabella St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 -5858
Facility: Alcoa Massena Operations (WEST Plant)
Park Avenue East
Massena, NY 13662
Application ID: 6-4058-00003/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES
Project is Located: St Lawrence County
Project Description:
The Department has made a tentative determination to modify the existing SPDES permit for the ALCOA west facility (Massena Operations) due to the construction of a new treatment facility for oily and miscellaneous wastewaters; a change in monitoring requirements for stormwater Outfall 008; inclusion of a new test methodology for cyanide, an update of whole effluent toxicity testing requirements, and other minor administrative changes.  The draft permit with conditions is available for review in the Region 6 NYSDEC office in Watertown, New York.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management:
This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jul 8 2005.
Contact: Lawrence R Ambeau
NYSDEC Region 6 Headquarters
State Office BUILDING|317 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601
(315)785-2245
r6dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Applicant: Clarence Mashaw
Facility: Mashaw Degrasse Property
Co Rte 27|2 Miles South of Degrasse Opposite Thurstim Rd
Russell, NY
Application ID: 6-4078-00055/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Project is Located: St Lawrence County
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to construct an access drive and 25' wide x 35'  gravel parking area off the east side of County Route 27, approximtaley 500' north of County Route 27 and Thurstim Road intersection.  The project would provide safe off road parking and access to approximately 5 acres of isolated upland property for family members.  A foot bridge over Plumb Brook is also proposed.  The site would directly impact regulated freshwater wetland DG-6, a 49 acre Class II wetland, and an Alder wetland at this location.  No other upland area is available for access.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 24 2005.
Contact: Mark A Wiggins
NYSDEC Region 6 Headquarters
State Office BUILDING|317 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601
(315)785-2245
r6dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Region 6 SEQR and Other Notices Region 6 SPDES Renewals