Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 3-0301, 19-0301, and 19-0303, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:
NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF RULE on December 22, 2006, to be effective January 27, 2007, adoption of 6 NYCRR Part 246, Mercury Reduction Program for Coal-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 200, General Provisions.
The adoption of Part 246 and amendments to Part 200 are intended to achieve an approximate 90 percent reduction of mercury mass emissions from the coal-fired electricity generating units covered by the CAMR in two phases, phase 1 beginning in 2010 and phase 2 in 2015. Part 246 sets emission limits for each facility operating an applicable stationary coal-fired boiler(s) or coal-fired combustion turbine that has ever served a generator with a nameplate capacity of greater than 25 MWe (Megawatt electrical, or megawatt produced as electricity) producing electricity for sale or a stationary coal-fired combustion turbine(s) that has ever served a generator with a nameplate capacity of greater than 25 MWe and supplying in any calendar year more than one third of the unitís potential electric output capacity or 219,000 MWh, whichever is greater, to any utility power distribution system for sale.
For further information, contact:
David Gardner, P.E.
NYSDEC, Division of Air Resources
Albany, NY 12233-3254
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting public comments on a Draft Sportfishing Restoration and Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System. The Draft Plan proposes ways to restore/enhance recreational fishing and fisheries in the New York waters of the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and their tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable to fish (hereafter referred to as the Lake Ontario system).
Funds for this restoration are available from a settlement of the Stateís Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claim for the Lake Ontario system. The Occidental Chemical Corporation agreed to pay the State $12 million in five equal payments over four years. The settlement was based on an assessment of the damages to the Stateís natural resources, in particular a loss of recreational fishing benefits resulting from the imposition of fish consumption advisories because of the presence of contaminants in Lake Ontario fish. The proceeds of the settlement will be used to restore/enhance sportfishing and the injured natural resources.
Copies of the Draft Plan can be viewed or downloaded from; www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/lkontactivities.html or from NYSDEC Regional Headquarters in Watertown, Syracuse, Avon and Buffalo. Public meetings are scheduled as follows:
|6||Ogdensburg||7:00 PM||2-12-2007||St.Lawrence Valley Sportsmens Club Route 37
Red Mills, NY
|6||Watertown||7:00 PM||2-13-2007||Watertown State Office Building
First Floor Conference Room
317 Washington St.
|7||Mexico||7:00 PM||2-14-2007||Mexico H.S. Auditorium
|8||Rochester||7:00PM||2-7-2007||RIT campus, Carlson Aud., Imaging
Science Bldg. 1 Lomb Memorial Drive
|9||Lewiston||7:00 PM||2-15-2007||Lewiston-Porter H.S.
4061 Creek Road
All interested parties are encouraged to use [website] for both reviewing the Draft Plan and for submitting comments. Conventional written comments should be mailed to:
Mr. Christopher J. Balk
Lake Ontario Natural Resource Damages Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
P.O. Box 292
Cape Vincent, New York 13618
All comments must be received by 3-20-2007.
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street
Troy, NY 12180-2216
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Albany, NY 12207-2997
MUNICIPALITIES AND OWNERS/OPERATORS OF PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) propose to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 28, 2006 to adjust the estimated project cost for one DWSRF project and revise the project description for two DWSRF projects listed on the Project Readiness List. The revised project descriptions and an explanation of the reason for the cost increase are included in the table below:
|Borrower||County||Project Description||DWSRF #||Current IUP Cost||Proposed IUP Cost||Explanation|
|(V) Mannsville||Jefferson||New SWTR
New Distribution System
|17103||$800,000||$950,000||The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project estimate by the engineer.|
|(T) Paris||Oneida||New Ground Water Source||17487||$3,100,000||$3,100,000||Revised project description from new inter-connection to new ground water source.|
|(V) Hoosick Falls||Rensselaer||New SWTR Compliance Facility, New Ground Water Source, Upgrade Distribution System, Upgrade Storage||15080||$6,850,000||$6,850,000||Revised project description to include replacement of an existing storage tank as indicated in the endorsed engineering report.|
The Department has determined that the revised project descriptions and project cost increase are necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept. In addition, the scope of the projects has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. The project cost increase will not adversely affect any other project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted change, there are no other changes to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings.
Written statements or comments on the above DWSRF project cost increase and revised project descriptions will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on February 1, 2007 and should be filed with:
Mr. John M. Dunn, P.E.
Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Fax Number: (518) 402-7659
The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOH's toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.
The Health Research Science Board has approved a request for access to pesticide registry and pesticide application information maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The request was made by Tammo Steenhuis, Ph.D., of Cornell University. The proposal is entitled "Surveying Upstate New York Well Water for Pesticide Contamination (Orange and Cayuga Counties)." The abstract from the proposal follows. "NYSDEC and others have expressed an interest in a survey of representative areas in upstate New York to determine the occurrence and extent of pesticide contamination of groundwater. Of particular interest are areas of greatest vulnerability where significant pesticide use coincides with shallow aquifers, presenting elevated contamination risks. The results of this survey would contribute to an assessment (by DEC and others) of the human exposure risk from pesticides in groundwater. The first year of work was a pilot-scale program, focused on a single shallow aquifer system in the Cortland Valley, followed by a second year of work in Schenectady County. As we discussed in our recent presentation to the HRSB, tasks still underway from the Schenectady County project are: 1) analysis of 40 well samples by NYSDEC, and 2) analysis of the correlations between the PSUR database and the sampling results, which cannot be completed until well water analysis is available. We are requesting data access for work in two counties where the Soil & Water Conservation Districts have agreed to cooperate in this undertaking. This data request is thus for data for Cayuga and Orange Counties."
Contact: Nancy Kim, Ph.D. (518-402-7511), New York State Department of Health, Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Troy, New York 12180-2216.
STATEWIDE - Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has prepared a revised program policy in relation to procedures for licensing new and existing onshore Major Oil Storage Facilities (MOSF). This policy provides guidance to Department staff and the regulated community on the MOSF licensing procedures.
Under Article 12 of the New York State Navigation Law, the Department is responsible for licensing facilities with a total combined storage capacity of 400,000 gallons or more of petroleum and for licensing vessels involved in the transfer of petroleum on the waters of the State. Licenses are issued on April 1 for periods of one to five years. The owner/operator must meet the requirements of 6 NYCRR Parts 610, 611, 613 and 614 and 17 NYCRR Part 30.
The draft policy was published in the September 6, 2006 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin, which announced a 30-day comment period pertaining to the proposed policy and the availability of the full text document for review. The Department did not receive any comments during this public comment period.
In accordance with NYS Environmental Conservation Law §3-0301(2)(z), the Policy will become effective thirty (30) days from the date of this publication.
The final Policy is available on the Departmentís website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/bulkstor/. In addition, it can be obtained from the Spill Prevention and Bulk Storage Section, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7020.