Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Notice of Availability of Draft Program Policy for PBS - New Nonmetallic Underground Piping
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the "Department") has prepared a draft program policy regarding nonmetallic underground piping at Petroleum Bulk Storage ("PBS") facilities. This policy provides guidance to Department staff and the regulated community regarding compliance with 6 NYCRR §614.14(d).
Pursuant to this policy, the Department will delay until January 1, 2006, recognition of UL Standard 971 (revised effective July 1, 2005) as satisfying the requirements of 6 NYCRR §614.14(d). Beginning January 1, 2006, only fiberglass and flexible underground piping which has been certified as meeting UL-971 (revised effective July 1, 2005) will comply with 6 NYCRR §614.14(d). Any nonmetallic piping installed on or after that date that lacks such certification shall be deemed a violation of 6 NYCRR §614.14(d).
In accordance with Section 3-0301(2)(z) of the Environmental Conservation Law, written comments regarding the Draft Policy will be accepted for thirty days after the date of publication of this Notice in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. Comments should be submitted to Russell Brauksieck, P.E., Chief, Spill Prevention and Bulk Storage Section, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7020.
The draft policy is available by writing or calling Mr. Brauksieck at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7020, (518) 402-9543. In addition, copies of the Draft Policy are available for public inspection in the Departmentís main office at the above address and in each of the Departmentís nine regional offices. A copy may also be found on the Departmentís web site at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/bulkstor .
Then New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, has completed Part 204 New source set-aside flowback NOx allocations for the Year 2005. These allocations were sent to USEPA for processing and publication on itís Clean Air Markets website. USEPA has posted these allocations on the Clean Air Markets website.
Contact: Ajay Shroff, P.E., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, phone: (518) 402-8403.
Intent to Approve Ford Motor Companyís Alternative Compliance Plan for Meeting 6 NYCRR Part 218-4 Zero Emission Vehicle Requirements
Ford Motor Company (Ford) has submitted a proposed Alternative Compliance Plan (ACP) in accordance with the provisions of subpart 218-4.2 for the generation of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits for compliance with New York Stateís ZEV mandate. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) proposes to approve that plan. The proposed plan includes information claimed by Ford as business confidential. Therefore, a summary of the proposal is included, as described below.
Summary of Ford Motor Company Alternative Compliance Plan
Ford has proposed an ACP that relies on banked ZEV credits, ZEV credits resulting from placement of fuel cell vehicles, production and sale of Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEVs), and production and sale of Advanced Technology PZEVs (AT PZEVs).
Ford has earned ZEV credits in New York from early introduction of ZEVs in New York. In addition, in conjunction with the New York Power Authority, Ford placed ZEVs into service in a station car demonstration program, also resulting in the generation of ZEV credits. Pursuant to the provisions of 218-4.2 and California regulations, Ford has also earned ZEV credits in NewYork from early introduction of fuel cell vehicles in California.
Ford has placed into service in New York more than 600 electric vehicles, including full function electric vehicles, advanced battery vehicles, Citicars, and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.
Ford has introduced PZEV certified vehicles (Ford Focus) to the New York market starting in model year 2003. Ford has projected expanding the PZEV product line to include other models during the period of the ACP. In addition, Ford has introduced AT PZEV certified vehicles (Ford Escape Hybrid) to New York during model year 2005, and projects expanding that technology to other vehicle models during the period of the ACP.
PZEV certified vehicles are vehicles which are certified to Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle tailpipe standards, meet Californiaís zero evaporative emissions standards, and are provided a 150,000 mile emissions system warranty. AT PZEVs are vehicles which meet all of the criteria of PZEVs, and also contain advanced technology componentry, including, but not limited to, hybrid drive systems.
Ford has committed to offering for sale or lease in New York any advanced technology vehicle models that Ford sells in California during the term of the ACP.
Ford Motor Company will earn Zero Emission Vehicle credits through the conduct of this alternative compliance plan. Together with banked credits, Ford will meet the requirements of the applicable regulation. In addition, under this Alternate Compliance Plan, Ford may earn credits to carry forward into future years, after the term of this ACP, to be used as determined by Ford, in accordance with applicable regulations.
New York State Department of State
41 State Street, 9th floor
Albany NY, 12231
Environmental Protection Fund
New York State Quality Communities Program 2005-2006
Eligible applicants: Counties, Towns, Cities, Villages, Local Public Authorities, Public Benefit Corporations, Indian Tribes/Nations, and Not-for-Profit Corporations.
Funds are available for planning projects which revitalize downtowns, develop strong economies and protect environmental resources. Eligible applicants may apply for grants by submitting proposals that incorporate one or more of the following programs: Intermunicipal Growth, Community Growth, Community Open Space, Mountain Communities and Community Center.
Request for Applications and forms along with other pertinent information are available for downloading from the: Quality Communities Clearinghouse Web site: www.qualitycommunities.org,. For other information please call, 518-473-3355 or email QC@dos.state.ny.us.
Application Deadline has been extended to DECEMBER 5, 2005
ENVIRONMENTAL BOARD MEETING
The State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Environmental Board will be held at 2:00 p.m., November 9, 2005 in Room 629 of the Departmentís main offices at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.
The Environmental Board will consider the following rulemaking action of the Department of Environmental Conservation:
This meeting is open to the public.
Ruth L. Earl
State Environmental Board