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For Release: Friday, January 13, 2012

DEC Announces Public Hearings on Proposed Air Quality Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be holding public hearings on proposed amendments to 6 NYCRR Parts 219, and 200; Part 248 and revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP).

DEC proposes to amend Part 248, Use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel and Best Available Retrofit Technology for Heavy Duty Vehicles. These amendments will continue to implement the Diesel Emission Reduction Act of 2006 (DERA) and conform Part 248 to the recent ECL Section 19-0323 changes. The amended regulation will continue to generally mitigate a potential threat to the health and well being of New Yorkers posed by diesel exhaust emissions by providing emissions reductions.

DEC also proposes to amend Part 219, Incinerators, to adopt a new Subpart 219-9, which would apply statewide to existing sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units constructed on or before October 14, 2010. Part 219 will also be amended to include new regulatory limits for nine air pollutants, an opacity limit, requirements for performance testing, operator training, recordkeeping and reporting and compliance monitoring. DEC is undertaking this rulemaking to comply with federal requirements pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA) and federal SSI guidelines. Part 200, general provisions, will also be amended to incorporate the federal requirements.

DEC is also proposing an infrastructure assessment as a SIP revision for the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead, as required under the CAA. Pursuant to the CAA, states are required to submit infrastructure demonstrations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), showing that their air programs address basic SIP requirements related to the attainment of a new or revised NAAQS.

The hearings for the proposed amendments and SIP revisions will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: NYSDEC Annex, Region 2, 11-15 47th Ave., Hearing Room 106, Long Island City, NY 11101

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Public Assembly Room 129A, Albany, NY 12233

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: NYSDEC Region 8 Office Conference Room, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road (Rts. 5 and 20), Avon, NY 14414

Requests for information and comments related to Part 248 may be obtained from James Bologna, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3255, telephone: (518) 402-8292, or by emailing about Part 248.

Requests for information and comments related to Part 219 and Part 200 may be obtained from John Henkes, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3254, telephone: (518) 402-8403, or by emailing about Parts 219 and 200.

Requests for information and comments related to the proposed SIP revision may be obtained from Scott Griffin, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3251, telephone: (518) 402-8396, or by emailing about Proposed SIP revision.

Written statements for the proposed regulatory amendments and SIP revisions may be submitted to DEC at the above addresses, until 5 p.m., January 26, 2012.

The proposed regulations, SIP revisions and associated supporting information may be obtained from the DEC website or from any of the following DEC offices:

  • REGION 1, NYSDEC-Region 1, SUNY @ Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790, Attention: Merlange Genece
  • REGION 2, 1 Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Attention: Samuel Lieblich
  • REGION 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Attention: Kenneth Grzyb
  • REGION 4, 1130 North Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306, Attention: Donald Spencer
  • REGION 5, Hudson Street Extension, Box 220, Warrensburg, NY 12885, Attention: James Coutant
  • REGION 6, Watertown State Office Bldg., 317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601, Attention: Thomas Morgan
  • REGION 7, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204-2400, Attention: Reginald Parker
  • REGION 8, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Attention: Thomas Marriott
  • REGION 9, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203, Attention: Alfred Carlacci
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