Region 2 SEQR and Other Notices Region 2 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 2 Completed Applications 08/24/2005

Queens County

Applicant: Keyspan Corporate Services LLC
445 Broad Hollow Rd
Melville, NY 11747
Facility: Keyspan GENERATION-FAR Rockaway Station
1425 Bay 24TH Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Application ID: 2-6308-00040/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES
Project is Located: Queens, Queens County
Project Description:
The Department is proposing to renew and modify the SPDES permit for the Far Rockaway Generating Station, Unit 4.  The Far Rockaway Generating Station consists of one natural gas fired steam electric unit with a net electrical generating capacity of 112 megawatts. The unit is cooled by a once-through system that draws water from Bayswater Channel (an excavated canal on the south shore of Mott Basin) through a shoreline intake structure. The system consists of two cooling water circulator pumps with a combined rated capacity of 57,000 gallons per minute (GPM) or 80 million gallons per day (MGD), four conventional vertical traveling screens with 0.375 inch mesh, and two vertical trash racks with 3 inch bar spaces.
The modifications to the SPDES permit being contemplated by the Department requires Keyspan to submit data and analyses related to the once-through cooling system.  The information will be utilized by the Department to determine the impacts from impingement and entrainment on the aquatic resources  of Mott Basin.  Keyspan will also be required to review possible technologies and operational measures to minimize aquatic impacts.  The information is being requested pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 704.5 and 40 CFR 125 - Subpart J.
The Far Rockaway Station is located on the south shore of  Mott Basin, a small enclosed bay on the eastern end of the Jamaica Bay complex.  
A copy of the draft SPDES permit and fact sheet are available for review.   
   
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 Sep 23 2005.
Contact: Kevin A Kispert
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Multiple Counties

Applicant: Metropolitan Transportation Authority
2 Boardway
New York, NY 10004
Facility: Mta - 63RD St Tunnel
63RD St TUNNEL|UNDER E River - From Manhattan to Queens
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Application ID: 2-9902-00073/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 25 Tidal Wetlands
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Project is Located: Manhattan, Multiple Counties
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to make certain improvements to a portion of the 63rd Street Tunnel located in the East River.  The improvements include the addition of a levelling bed and scour protection.
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 performed.
SEQR Lead Agency:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
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 Sep 9 2005.
Contact: Harold J Dickey
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21ST Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
r2dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Region 2 SEQR and Other Notices Region 2 SPDES Renewals