Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 3-0301, 11-0325, 11-1905, and 27-0703, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:
Notice of Adoption of 6NYCRR Parts 189 and 360 relating to Chronic Wasting Disease. This notice will be published in issue 30 of the State Register, dated 7/27/2005.
For further information contact:
Department of Environmental Conservation
Albany, NY 12233
AMENDMENTS TO 6 NYCRR PARTS 370, 371, 372,373, 374 and 376
RELATING TO HAZARDOUS WASTE REGULATIONS
Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, has adopted amendments to Parts 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, and 376 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR) of the State of New York.
The rulemaking amends to the 6 NYCRR Part 370 Series (Hazardous Waste Management Regulations) to reflect the Departmentís efforts to incorporate nine federal rules promulgated between October 20, 1999 and January 22, 2002 into the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. In addition, typographical errors and inconsistencies discovered in the current regulations are corrected.
Notice of Adoption for amendments to 6NYCRR Parts 370, 371, 372, 373, 374 and 376 will be published in the State Register on July 20, 2005.
The adopted regulations will be posted on the Departmentís web site at www.dec.state.ny.us when they become effective, September 3, 2005. To obtain additional information, please contact Deborah L. Aldrich at (518) 402-8730.
AMENDMENTS TO 6 NYCRR PART 372 and SUBPART 373-1
RELATING TO PROJECT XL FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES
Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, has adopted amendments to Part 372 and Subpart 373-1 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR) of the State of New York to implement the Project XL pilot project.
The Project XL for Public Utilities has been accepted into the USEPAís Project XL Program. Current RCRA regulations generally require utility companies that generate hazardous wastes at remote locations (e.g., manholes and pipelines away from their staffed facilities) to transport such wastes directly to treatment, storage, or disposal facilities (TSDFs). Under this project and itís site-specific rule, participating utilities will instead be able to transport the waste to off-site central collection facilities, where they may consolidate waste within 90 days. The project will: reduce the risk of hazardous waste releases at remote locations while avoiding traffic disruptions; allow the consolidation of similar wastes at central location facilities, which will reduce the number of vehicle trips to often distant TSDFs; and simplifies existing paperwork and reporting requirements. A portion of the cost savings realized by the utilities is required to be directed into one or more new environmentally beneficial projects.
Notice of Adoption for amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 372 and Subpart 373-1 will be published in the State Register on July 20, 2005.
The adopted regulations will be posted on the Departmentís web site at www.dec.state.ny.us when they become effective, September 3, 2005. To obtain additional information, please contact Mark Moroukian at (518) 402-8633.
Solicitation of All Available Data for the 2006 New York State Section 303(d) List Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires States to compile periodically (every two years) a list of impaired waters that do not meet water quality standards and where designated uses are not fully supported. States are scheduled to submit their next Section 303(d) Lists to USEPA by April 1, 2006.
To support the development of the Section 303(d) Lists, States are required to assemble and evaluate existing and readily available water quality related data and information. The purpose of this notice is to announce the schedule for updating the NYS Section 303(d) List and solicit data and information that may be useful in compiling the list.
The water quality assessment of New York Stateís waters is a continuous process. Every year waters in 2 or 3 of the 17 drainage basin in the state are scheduled to be re-assessed. This rotating basin approach allows for a re-assessment of water quality of the entire state every 5 years. The assessment of these waters is a public process which includes both the participation of a wide range of state, federal and local agencies and non- government water quality partners (watershed groups, lake associations, academic researchers, etc.) and the solicitation of data and information from these groups. NYSDEC is able to effectively manage the reassessment process by focusing the effort on specific drainage basins over a five-year period. Concentrating on a few basins each year allows NYSDEC to provide ample opportunity for the extensive list of interested groups to provide input and allows for a thorough evaluation of all available data. In order to maintain an effective and comprehensive review of solicited data and information, it is necessary to establish a cut-off date for the receipt of water quality data and information.
In order to be included for consideration in the compiling of the 2006 Section 303(d) List, data and information must be received by September 30, 2005. It is not the intent of the September 30 cut-off date to exclude additional information. Rather it is to provide adequate time to review data and information, complete water quality assessments, receive and respond to public comment on the assessments, compile a draft Section 303(d) List, public notice the list, and submit a final list to USEPA.
Additionally, while data may be submitted for any water in New York State prior to the September 30 cut-off date, the focus of the current assessment effort is in the following drainage basins: Allegheny River Basin, Black River Basin, Chemung River Basin, Lake Ontario (Minor Tribs) Drainage Basin, Lower Hudson River Basin, Oswego River (Finger Lakes) Drainage Basin, and Upper Hudson River Basin. Again the purpose of this drainage basin focus is not to exclude or otherwise limit solicitation of data, but to provide the same level of scrutiny and public review of all water quality information received and allow all who wish to participate equal involvement in the process.
In order to facilitate the review and inclusion of water quality data and information to be considered in the compiling of the 2006 Section 303(d) List, such submissions should be accompanied by a completed Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List Assessment Worksheet. This worksheet allows the capture of water quality information based on general observation of conditions and/or local knowledge of designated use support/non-support of a waterbody absent specific (numeric) monitoring data. The worksheet and instructions for completing it can be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at 518-402-8179, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The worksheet /instructions are also anticipated to be available on the NYSDEC website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/bwam/wqap.html.
The submission of water quality monitoring data should also include a copy of the corresponding Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, QA/QC results summary and description of measures used in the collection of the data.
Additional information regarding the NYSDEC Water Quality Assessment Program and the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List is included in the New York State Section 305(b) Water Quality Report. www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/bwam/305b.html.