Consolidated SPDES Renewals
New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner Daniel D. Hogan on May 1, 2006 announced the agency has extended the public comment period for its proposed guidelines and specifications for the procurement and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for all public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in New York State in accordance with Governor Pataki's Clean and Healthy Schools legislation. The deadline has been extended from Wednesday, May 3, 2006 to Wednesday, May 17, 2006. The public comment period commenced on April 12, 2006.
The proposed guidelines and specifications are posted on the OGS website at www.ogs.state.ny.us, on the "Environmental Services, Green Cleaning" page. You may request a hardcopy by contacting the OGS Environmental Services Unit at 518-408-1782. Comments may be sent to one of the following addresses:
email@example.com, Subject: Comments on Guidelines and Specifications
In response to several request from individuals involved or interested in the Proposed Heightened Permit Requirements For MS4s In The East Of Hudson Watershed, the Department has extended the public comment period for 60 days to provide all interested individuals with additional time to review and submit comments on the Proposed Heightened Permit Requirements.
Part III.B.2 of the MS4 State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit (GP-02-02) requires an MS4 with discharges to an approved TMDL waterbody, that is not meeting the TMDL stormwater (load) allocations, to modify its SWMP to ensure that the reduction of the pollutant of concern specified in the TMDL is achieved. The permit requires that modifications to the SWMP be considered for each of the six minimum measures.
For the owners of regulated municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in the East of Hudson Watershed, the Department (DEC) has developed heightened requirements that, if the MS4s implement as part of their Storm Water Management Program (SWMP), they will be presumed to be in compliance with the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Strategy requirements in Part III.B.2 of the General Permit (GP-02-02).
To view the original Environmental News Bulletin announcement that was posted on March 22, 2006 please click on the following link: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/enb2006/20060322/not0.html
Public Comment Period Extension - The comment period runs until June 19, 2006.
Please send all comments to David Gasper, P.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org or NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505.
Applications are now available for New York State’s Third Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This award program recognizes New York’s environmental and conservation leaders who are solving environmental challenges through innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or creative partnerships. Eligible applicants include: businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government (local, state and federal), educational institutions and individuals. To be considered, a project application must result in an environmental benefit beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements.
The Department has expanded the awards program and is interested in projects that are contributing to the sustainable use of New York’s natural resources or are developing and delivering education programs that advance sustainability and innovation and positively contribute to a trained workforce. The program will continue to consider projects that address pollution prevention, manufacturing process improvements, energy efficiency, environmental justice, waste reduction and recycling, stormwater management, watershed planning, natural resource and habitat protection and restoration, land conservation, and other environmental protection and restoration initiatives. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they are a leader in their field.
Review criteria will include an assessment of: the environmental benefits; the economic benefits; the innovative approach of the project; the advancement of sustainability; how creative partnerships were created or strengthened by the project; the demonstration of leadership and management commitment to the environment; the demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements. In order to be considered for an award, an applicant must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law, applicable permits and local laws.
IMPORTANT:. Applications must be postmarked by Friday June 16, 2006. The awards are scheduled to be presented in the fall of 2006.
The application package is available through the DEC’s website: www.dec.state.ny.us, by looking under the "Subject Index" button and selecting "E" or by doing a search for "Environmental Excellence Awards."
Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards, should contact Michelle Hinman at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, telephone (518) 402-9469, fax (518) 402-9168, email email@example.com.