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Notice Of Availability Of Program Policy Concerning Environmental Remediation Technical Assistance Grants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the "Department") has finalized the Program Policy in relation to environmental remediation Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). This policy provides guidance to Department staff and the interested public regarding TAGs, which are authorized pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Article 27, Title 13, Section 1316, State Superfund Program and Title 14, Section 1409, Brownfield Cleanup Program.

TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their communities. Eligible community groups may apply to receive TAGs for up to a maximum of $50,000 per eligible site. TAGs, in the form of State Assistance Contracts, are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental and health information about an eligible "significant threat" site being remediated under the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program. There is no matching contribution required on the part of the TAG recipient.

Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals, and share this information with the public. Eligible community groups must be non-responsible parties incorporated as not-for-profit corporations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An eligible community group must certify that its membership represents the interest of the community affected by the site, and that its members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment are potentially threatened by the site.

The draft policy was published in the August 11, 2004 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The August 11, 2004 notice announced a 30-day comment period pertaining to the proposed policy and the availability of the full text document for review. Comments on the draft policy were submitted and Department staff prepared a Responsiveness Summary.

In accordance with NYS Environmental Conservation Law §3-0301(2)(z), this Policy will become effective thirty (30) days from the date of this publication.

The final Policy is available on the Department’s website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/guidance/tag/ or by writing or calling the TAG Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012, (518) 402-9711.

Notice of DEC Program Policy

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
DAR-10: NYSDEC Guidelines on Dispersion Modeling Procedures for Air Quality Impact Analysis

The Department has issued a revised NYSDEC Dispersion Modeling Guideline as DAR-10 (revised from Air Guide 26, version 12/9/96) to incorporate a number of updates to the EPA recommended modeling guidelines, at 40 CFR Part 51 Appendix W. The latest EPA guideline revision became effective December 9, 2005 and this revision adopted the AERMOD model as the standard recommended approach. This program policy also updates the nonattainment area emission offset source location criteria, the PSD minor source baseline areas, and the list of PSD permitted sources, and a few other changes included in the EPA modeling guidelines.

The purpose of this guidance is to recommend specific and uniformly applicable procedures in carrying out an air quality impact analysis in support of permit applications or SEQRA related analysis. A draft of DAR-10 was noticed in the ENB on March 8, 2006 and public comments were accepted for a 30 day period, ending April 7, 2006. Comments were received only from EPA Region II staff and have been incorporated in the final document. The policy becomes effective 30 days after this ENB notice date.

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Notice of Public Comment Period Extension

Proposed Heightened Permit Requirements For MS4s In The East Of Hudson Watershed

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 djgasper@gw.dec.state.ny.us or NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505.

Public Notice

DEC Announces Third Annual Environmental Excellence Awards - Applications Available

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 mjhinman@gw.dec.state.ny.us.