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Commissioner Policy issued on New York Environmental Leaders

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued a Commissioner Policy, setting forth the details of the New York Environmental Leaders (NYEL) program. This policy was previously noticed in the October 11, 2006 version of the Environmental Notice Bulletin for public review and comment. The final policy will take effect in 30 days.

The implementation of NYEL is authorized by Commissioner's Policy 34 (CP-34): Using EMSs and Other Environmental Performance Improvement Tools in Department Programs, which was issued on April 5, 2004. The NYEL policy takes the framework embodied in CP-34 and specifies the additional details necessary to implement such a program.

The Commissioner Policy on NYEL sets forth program requirements, benefits to participating organizations and the responsibilities of the Department in implementing this program. The Department is implementing NYEL to provide recognition and incentives for those organizations that can demonstrate the use of pollution prevention practices, beyond compliance performance, or sustainable business practices as a result of their participation in NYEL. Further, NYEL focuses on enabling those organizations that are committed to making improvements in their environmental performance. NYEL provides organizations incentives to sustain their existing high levels of performance, and to motivate and enable organizations that are committed to reaching higher levels of performance.

The policy is available on the NYSDECís website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/nyel/index.html . Copies of this policy may also be obtained by contacting the person indicated below. A responsiveness summary of written comments received during the public comment period is also available.

Contact: John M. Vana, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Telephone (518)402-9469, Email: jmvana@gw.dec.state.ny.us


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has renewed and modified the existing State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit 98-03 (GP-98-03) for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. The revised GP 98-03 has been renumbered as General Permit 0-06-002(GP-0-06-002) and has been retitled as the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. The General Permit shall be effective from March 28, 2007 to March 27, 2012. General Permit 0-06-002 will authorize new and existing discharges of stormwater to waters of the United States from industrial activities as defined in 40 CFR Part 122.26(b)(14)(i-ix and xi) as well as miscellaneous discharges authorized under state permitting authority.

State Environmental Quality Review
This action has been classified as an Unlisted Action under 6 NYCRR Part 617. A Negative Declaration has been prepared and is on file at the NYSDEC office in Albany.

How to Get Copies
Copies of the general permit and forms can be obtained from the NYSDEC office in Albany or by e-mailing, calling or mailing:

Bruce Terbush
NYSDEC, Division of Water
625 Broadway - 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3505
(518) 402-8235
E-mail: brterbus@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The permit is also being prepared for posting on the Departmentís website and will be available at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/mainpage.htm