Parts 700-706 (6 NYCRR) - Hearing Report, November 20, 1997
Hearing Report, November 20, 1997
STATE OF NEW YORK : DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
In the Matter
- of -
the Proposed Amendments to Title 6 of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) Parts 700 through 706
Summary Hearing Report
A legislative (public) hearing in the captioned matter was held on September 29, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. in the William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, New York. The record was closed on October 6, 1997 which was the last date for submission of written comments.
Notice of the hearing was published on August 13, 1997 in both the Department's Environmental Notice Bulletin and the New York State Register. That notice was also published in the following newspapers on August 20, 1997 and August 27, 1997:
|Newspaper||Place of Publication|
|The Daily Freeman||Kingston, New York|
|The Daily Gazette||Schenectady, New York|
|Poughkeepsie Journal||Poughkeepsie, New York|
|Watertown Daily Times||Watertown, New York|
|Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin||Town of Vestal, New York|
|Newsday||Suffolk County, New York|
|Albany Times Union||Town of Colonie, New York|
|The Post-Star||Glens Falls, New York|
|The Post-Journal||Jamestown, New York|
|Olean Times Herald||Olean, New York|
|New York Post||New York, New York|
|The Daily Item||Port Chester, New York|
|The Daily Times||Mamaroneck, New York|
|The Standard-Star||New Rochelle, New York|
|The Daily Argus||Mount Vernon, New York|
|The Herald Statesman||Yonkers, New York|
|The Daily News||Tarrytown, New York|
|The Reporter Dispatch||Central Edition|
|Rockland Journal-News||Nyack, New York|
|The Reporter Dispatch||Putnam Edition|
|Herald-Journal||Syracuse, New York|
|The Buffalo News||Buffalo, New York|
|Democrat & Chronicle||Rochester, New York|
|The Times Herald-Record||Middletown, New York|
|Star-Gazette||Elmira, New York|
|The Daily Star||Oneonta, New York|
|The Press-Republican||Plattsburgh, New York|
|The Ithaca Journal||Ithaca, New York|
|Observer-Dispatch||Utica, New York|
|The Citizen Register||Ossining, New York|
The only speaker at the hearing was John Zambrano, P.E., Chief, Standards and Special Studies Section of the Department's Division of Water.
Mr. Zambrano stated that Section 303(c) of the federal Clean Water Act requires the states to review their surface water standards every three years, that Section 118(c)(2)(c) contains specific requirements for States that border the Great Lakes, and that Section 17-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law directs adoption of standards to protect New York State waters.
Mr. Zambrano also stated that the Department believes the revised regulations will have a favorable impact on the environment by cutting the discharge of toxic substances, especially those that bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms that may adversely affect human and wildlife consumers.
The significant economic impact of the revised regulations concerns, said Mr. Zambrano, the trackdown and abatement of the sources of the major pollutants.
Lastly, Mr. Zambrano said the DEC expects to propose shortly a technical amendment to Part 703. This technical amendment concerns a portion of the existing regulations that was unintentionally omitted from the amendments proposed on August 13, 1997. The omitted regulations are the groundwater effluent limitations for dissolved solids and nitrogen that apply in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. The technical amendment retains these groundwater effluent limitations.
John H. Owen
Administrative Law Judge