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State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Priority Ranking List

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is providing the Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS) priority rankings in conformance with section 17-0817(6.) of the Environmental Conservation Law. The lists are based on a ranking system that prioritizes permits for full technical review and, when necessary, modification. The full technical review is conducted in one of nine regional offices or the central office, depending on the location of the discharge and whether the permit has been assigned to the central office based on USEPA designation as a major discharge or state designation as a centralized significant industrial permit.

The EBPS priority ranking system should not be confused with the SPDES permit renewal process. Most permits are renewed prior to expiration by a separate administrative procedure that makes no provisions for technical modifications.

The SPDES permit lists can be viewed at the NYSDEC, Division of Water, Bureau of Water Permitís website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/06ebpsdoc.pdf. The permit lists are based on ranking scores and reflect the priority list for each office. The ranking scores are updated on a continuous basis due to the discovery of new information and the issuance of modifications that eliminate the factors which go into each score. The top 10% of each list represents a workload objective during this fiscal year. Additional information describing the EBPS process follows the ranking lists. Fact Sheets for individual permits (provide detailed information for the ranking score of each individual permit) are available by contacting Doug Clark at (518) 402-8113, by e-mail at dsclark@gw.dec.state.ny.us or at the address listed below.

Any interested party may provide, at any time, substantive comments requesting a change in a permitís rank based on the grounds that newly discovered material information exists; that a material change in environmental conditions has occurred; or that relevant technology or applicable law or regulations have changed since the issuance of the existing permit. All such requests shall be in writing and contain facts or reasons supporting the request. Comments must be sent to Director, Bureau of Water Permits, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505.