ENB - REGION 3 NOTICES

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Public Notice

The Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in New York State needs to be amended to delete Site No. 356005, known as Northeast Solite. This site is located in the Town of Saugerties, within the County of Ulster, and is located at 962 Kings Highway. The reason for deletion is:

Remedial activities conducted under the RCRA program included the removal of contaminated soil and successful closure of the waste receiving facility. A weather-sealed macadam cover was placed over the excavation area, though the residual contamination is below level representing health concern. Samples collected during the focused remedial investigation/feasibility study indicated the remedial actions were effective in removing significant threat.

Written comments on this proposed deletion are welcome, and should be sent to:

Project Manager: Ms. Tara Diaz
NYSDEC - Remedial Bureau A
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7015

All written comments must be received by March 2, 2006. A summary of all written comments will be assembled and a summary will be available for viewing at our Region 3 Headquarters in New Paltz, New York.


Availability of Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment

County: Rockland

Lead Agency: NYSDEC

Project Title: North of Sharp Industries Site No. V-00324-3

Project Location: Town of Hillburn, Rockland County

Brief Project Description: The North of Sharp Industries site is located in southern Rockland County, adjacent to the former Ford Motor Company (Ford) plant in Mahwah, New Jersey. The nine acre site, presently vacant, was used as an unpermitted disposal area by Ford from about 1958 to 1990 for paint sludge and residuals, as well as miscellaneous metallic and demolition debris. The site is located in the flood plain of the Ramapo River. At the request of the NYSDEC, in 1998 Ford removed and transported all surficial waste off-site. The remedial investigation completed by Ford in 2005 showed that approximately 7,100 cubic yards of paint sludge waste remains on site. Organic and inorganic compounds were detected in the paint sludge waste, but contaminants from the sludge do not appear to have leached into the groundwater. However, potential exposures to paint sludge waste exist for site trespassers and future users.

A Remedial Action Work Plan was been developed that includes the following remedial activities to address the paint sludge waste at the site:

In addition, a site management plan (SMP) will be developed and implemented. The SMP will identify the institutional controls and engineering controls (IC/ECs) required for the remedy and details their implementation. The SMP for this remedy will require the property owner to provide an IC/EC certification, as required by regulations, on a periodic basis.

The remedy will be conducted with NYSDEC and NYSDOH oversight, and will include development and implementation of a community health and safety plan to protect the community during excavation activities.

The Remedial Action Work Plan is available for public review at the NYSDEC New Paltz office; please call (845) 256-3154 for an appointment. It is also available for review at the Suffern Free Library located at 210 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY; please call (845) 357-1237 for library hours. Written comments may be submitted to Karen Maiurano at the address given below for 30 days following the date of this notice. No formal response to comments received is anticipated but, as a result of the comments, the Department may re-evaluate and revise the work plan.

Contact: Karen Maiurano, NYSDEC, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7014, (518) 402-9662, fax (518) 402-9679 or email at ksmaiura@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

The NYS Department of Public Service, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Case 04-E-0572 - Proceeding on Motion of the Commission as to the Rates, Charges, Rules and Regulations of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. for Electric Service will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the Public Service Commission considering a Demand Management (DM) Action Plan that identifies the potential measures and methods to enhance and expand DM opportunities in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.’s (Con Edison) service territory. Pursuant to the Action Plan, Con Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will each issue solicitations to procure approximately 150 MW of load reductions via energy efficiency and load management measures and/or the use of distributed generation. The Action Plan provides general parameters for these solicitations, including the definition of clean distributed generation, the elements of the cost-effectiveness test to be used to determine the eligibility of proposed initiatives, measures, and projects, and procedures for allocating funds among programs.

Potential Environmental Impacts: The proposed action is not likely to cause any direct environmental effects, since the action is does not involve large-scale physical activities that might have significant impacts on the environment. Instead the action would incrementally reduce the demand for electricity produced by central electric generating facilities, which in turn should result in reductions on the emission of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon dioxide emitted by those facilities.

Since a component of the Action Plan involves the use of distributed generation (DG), the Commission examined the potential localized and regional impacts of the use of such facilities. This assessment revealed that DG facilities could produce potential, but limited, noise and air quality impacts. These impacts can be adequately mitigated and are not considered to be significant adverse impacts. Therefore, the Commission has preliminarily determined that a conditioned negative declaration of significance may be issued and an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.

The project location is the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County.

The conditions are:

As to the noise impacts, the analysis indicated that any impacts can be mitigated by compliance with local noise codes. Within New York City, compliance with the local Noise Code would ensure that noise emissions from DG facilities do not cause significant adverse impacts to the public. Where similar noise codes exist in Westchester County, the same analysis applies. For any DG project located in a municipality that does not have a noise code, the analysis indicates that the Commission require the project to comply with the same standards contained in the New York City Noise Code.

As to the air quality impacts, the analysis examined on a generic basis the effect of individual DG projects on immediately adjacent areas and of the aggregate use of DG region-wide. The assessment examined nitrous oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide, particular matter, and carbon monoxide emissions. No potential significant impacts were identified for any pollutant except NOx. As to NOx, based on a maximum emissions rate of 1.6 lbs/MWh, no region-wide significant adverse impacts were found. On a localized basis, the analysis identified nearby windows, balconies and air intakes as sensitive receptors. To avoid significant impacts at these receptors, the analysis indicates that the Commission establish minimum distances between the DG projects’ stacks and the receptors, with the distances based on the size of the projects, and require that DG exhaust stacks be installed on the highest structures on the sites. The details of the analysis and proposed mitigation are set forth in the environmental assessment form.

Contact: Douglas May, NYS Dept. of Public Service, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223, phone: (518) 474-5368, e-mail:Doug_May@dps.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Village of Wappingers Falls Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an addition to an existing church, which will be converted to a Fellowship Hall, and construction of a new church, on three parcels in the R7.5 Zoning District. The applicant proposes to relocate an existing residence located at 2607 South Avenue and to demolish an existing residence located at 29 Prospect Street. These parcels will be consolidated and a new two-story over basement wood frame church of 16,800 square feet will be constructed on the easterly two thirds of the lot. The westerly one third of the lot will contain a 16 space parking lot. On the parcel located at 2611 South Avenue, the applicant proposes to expand an existing church and convert it into a Fellowship Hall through the construction of a 4,500 square foot two-story over basement wood frame addition to the north. Both the main and basement floors of the existing 6,400 square foot church will be fully renovated, with the resultant building totaling 10,900 square feet. The balance of the existing parking lot on this parcel will be reconfigured to accommodate 6 parking spaces. On both lots, sub-surface storm water disposal will be via dry wells located below the parking lots, and existing connections to the municipal sanitary sewage disposal system and water system will be upgraded. Area variances are required for a reduction in the required number of parking spaces and for encroachments into front and side yards. A Special Use Permit is required for both buildings. The project is located at 2607 South Avenue, 2611 South Avenue, 29 Prospect Street, Village of Wappingers Falls.

Contact: Mary Ann Loncto, Village of Wappingers Falls Planning Board, 7 Spring Street, Village of Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, phone: (845) 297-5277, fax: (845) 296-0379, email:mbola3@aol.com.


Orange County - The Town of Goshen Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Jonas Estates – 4 lot subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves Subdivision of a +/- 122-acre parcel into four (4) new building lots. Parcel is located at corner of Owens Road and Phillipsburgh Road in the Town of Goshen and is located within an agricultural district. Property contains large areas of Federal- and State-designated wetlands; however, no wetland or wetland buffer disturbance is proposed. The project is located at the corner of Owens Road and Phillipsburgh Road, Town of Goshen, Orange County.

Contact: Neal Halloran, Town of Goshen, 41 Webster Street, Goshen, NY 10924, phone: (845) 294-6996.


County: Orange

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Title: Control of Undesirable Vegetation on Stewart State Reforestation Area, Orange 4

Contact Person: Jeffrey Wiegert
NYS DEC
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone Number: (845) 256-3084

Project Location: Stewart State Reforestation Area, Towns of Montgomery and Hamptonburg near Old Creamery Road (Mile-A-Minute) and South Barron Road (Purple Loosestrife)

Project Description: The action involves the application of herbicides glyphosate (Rodeo) or Triclopyr (Renovate 3) or equivalent to control and rid sites of undesirable, introduced, non-native and invasive vegetation [mile-a-minute weed -Polygonum perfolatum (upland) and purple loosestrife - Lythrum salicaria (wet meadow)]. The sites total 2 acres on Stewart State Reforestation Area. This action will kill the undesirable vegetation and allow the sites to be occupied by native vegetation. The only vegetation to be controlled are the target species. Impact on public health is minimal–the areas involved are not usually visited by the public. The herbicide applicator is a licensed applicator. The applicator will follow herbicide label instructions. Time and application rate will be determined by the applicator and be according to label instructions.