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Proposed Rule Making and Public Hearing and Public Information Meetings to Amend Water Quality Regulations.

A. PURPOSE

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give the public an opportunity to provide oral or written comment on the Departmentís proposal to amend portions of Parts 700 - 704 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR). The proposed revisions are necessary to add, revise, and delete water quality standards, and to add and or revise standard-setting procedures and related regulations, based upon the most current scientific information. Substances included in the proposal are: ammonia (new standard for marine waters), acetaldehyde (new standard for fresh waters), carbon disulfide (new standard for fresh waters), formaldehyde (new standard for fresh waters), iron (delete standard for fresh waters) and metolachlor (new standard for fresh waters). It also adds a narrative freshwater standard for the parameter "flow." The triennial review of the state's water quality standards is required by section 303(c)of the Federal Clean Water Act, and it's implementing regulations at 40 CFR Part 131. The purpose of the public information meetings is to provide the public an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the proposal.

B. PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING TIMES/LOCATIONS:

Tuesday January 9, 2007 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Suffern Free Library, 210 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901. Note: This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Suffern Free Library and is free and open to the general public.

Wednesday January 10, 2007 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM in Room 401 at the Wang Conference Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794.

Tuesday January 16, 2007, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the auditorium at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14620.

Wednesday January 17, 2007 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Conference Room A on the 1st floor of the Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501. Note: ID is required to enter the building.

Monday January 22, 2007 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Rooms 129A and 129B at the NYSDEC office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233. Note: ID is required to enter the building; there is ample parking, including handicapped parking, available at the paid lots on either side of the building.

C. HEARING TIME/LOCATION:

A legislative public hearing will be held on the rule making at this location and time:

Monday, February 5, 2007 at 2:00 PM, in Rooms 129A and 129B at the NYSDEC office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233. Note: ID is required to enter the building; there is ample parking, including handicapped parking, available at the paid lots on either side of the building.

D. INFORMATION MEETING AND HEARING FACILITIES/SERVICES:

The hearing and information meetings are scheduled at locations reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to hearing impaired persons, at no charge, upon advance written request received by Mr. Stoner at the address below within a reasonable time prior to the scheduled hearing and information meetings.

E. ORAL/WRITTEN STATEMENTS:

All persons, organizations, corporations, and governmental agencies that may be affected by the proposed amendments will have an opportunity to make an oral statement at the Public Hearing and/or file a written statement. It is not necessary to file a written statement or request in order to appear or make a statement at the hearing. Written statements received prior to, during, or after the hearing and oral statements made at the hearing will be given equal consideration. Written statements may be filed on or before February 14, 2007 with Scott Stoner, Chief, Standards and Analytical Support Section, Bureau of Water Assessment and Management, Division of Water, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or electronically to Mr. Stoner at sxstoner@gw.dec.state.ny.us. If filing electronically, please include "comments on standards rule making" in the subject line.

F. ENVIRONMENTAL AND REGULATORY IMPACT REVIEW:

The Department has determined that the proposed revisions will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Department has prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), a summary of the RIS, a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (RFA) for small businesses and local governments, a summary of the RFA, a Rural Area Flexibility Analysis (RAFA), and a statement why a Job Impact Statement (JIS) is not required, under the State Administrative Procedures Act, and a Coastal Assessment under the Executive Law.

G. AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS:

Electronic copies of rule making documents, including the Express Terms (text of proposed rule), a detailed description of the proposed action, and technical Fact Sheets supporting the proposed numerical standards, may be obtained free of charge from Mr. Stoner (contact info above). A paper copy of the entire set of documents costs $15.00 and can be obtained by writing to Mr. Stoner at the above address; make the check payable to "NYSDEC." A single paper copy of only the express terms may be obtained free of charge from Mr. Stoner. These documents are also available on the Departmentís website, at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/bwam/propwqsreg.html

All documents may be reviewed at any of the following Department offices:

DEC Region 1: SUNY @ Stony Brook, 50 Circle Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790 - 3409 [Attn: Bill Spitz, Regional Water Manager; tel. 631-444-0405; email whspitz@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 2: 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. [Attn: Suzanne Rowlett,; tel. 718-482-6381 ; email srrowlet@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 3: 21 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 [Attn: John Sansalone; tel. 845-256-3019; email jssansal@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 3 Sub-Office: 100 Hillside Ave., Suite 1W, White Plains, NY 10603. [Attn: John Sansalone; tel.845-256-3019; email jssansal@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 4: 1150 N. Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306 [Attn: Fred Sievers, Regional Water Manager; tel. 518-357-2380; email fwsiever@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 5: 1115 NYS Rt. 86, PO Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977 [Attn: Fred Dunlap; tel. 518-897-1243; email fddunlap@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 5 Sub-Office: 232 Hudson St, Warrensburg, NY 12885 [Attn: Bill Wasilauski; tel 518-623-1212; email brwasila@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 6: 317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 [Attn: Steve Botsford, Regional Water Manager; tel. 315-785-2513; email srbotsfo@gw.dec.state.by.us]

DEC Region 6 Sub-Office: 207 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501 [Attn: Rich Coriale; tel. 315-793-2555; email rrcorial@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 7: 615 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204 [Attn: Steve Eidt, Regional Water Manager; tel. 315-426-7506; email speidt@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 8: 6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414 [Attn: Dixon Rollins, Regional Water Manager; tel. 585-226-5468; email dfrollin@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 8 Sub-Office. 7291 Coon Rd., Bath, NY 14810 [Attn: Stuart Thomas; tel. 607-776-2165; email sxthomas@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

DEC Region 9: 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203 [Attn: Jerry Palumbo, Regional Water Manager; tel. 716-851-7070; email gapalumb@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

H. AUTHORITY:

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is conducting this legislative public hearing pursuant to section 17-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL).


Public Notice

Pollution Prevention and Environmental Compliance Coordinating Council Meeting - December 14, 2006

The Pollution Prevention and Environmental Compliance Coordinating Council hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Council will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 a. m., December 14, 2006 at the offices of the Department of Environmental Conservation at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York in conference room 530.

Council members include: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), the New York State Department of Economic Development (DED), the New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority (NYSEDRA) and the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR).

The Council meeting will discuss the following:

1) Go around - update by each member on program development. Including the following specific items for discussion.

2) Discussion/Approval of the P2/CA Article (drafted by EFC)

3) Discussion "Training Needs"

4) Discussion "Trade Association Full Survey"

5) Budget Update (staffing plans)

This meeting is open to the public.

Dennis J. Lucia
Secretary
Pollution Prevention and Environmental Compliance Coordinating Council
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1750
Ph: (518) 402-9469
E-mail: djlucia@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Public Notice

New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation
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., December 18, 2006 in Room 129 at the Departmentís main offices at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.

The Board will consider the following rulemaking actions of the Department of Environmental Conservation:

This meeting is open to the public.

Ruth L. Earl
Executive Secretary
State Environmental Board