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Acronym Definition
3D Three-dimensional


Acronym Definition
AAAR American Association for Aerosol Research
AAIBD Appalachian and Illinois Basin Directors
AAMA American Automobile Manufacturers Association
AANR Adopt-a-Natural Resource
AAPG American Association of Petroleum Geologists
AAQS Ambient Air Quality Standards
AAR Alternative Analysis Report
AC Assistant Commissioner
ACAT Administrative Conservation Appearance Ticket
ACBM Asbestos -Containing Building Material
ACCSP Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program
ACGIH American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
ACL Alternate Concentration Limit (Level)
ACM Asbestos-Containing Material
ACO Administrative Consent Order or Amended Consent Order
ACS American Chemical Society
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADAAG Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
ADI Acceptable Daily Intake
ADK Adirondack Mountain Club
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
ADRP Acid Deposition Reduction Program
AEA Atomic Energy Act
AEC Atomic Energy Commission
AEM Acoustic Emission Monitoring
AFE Authorization for Expenditure
AFR Assistant Forest Ranger
AFS Air Facility System
AFVRL Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research Laboratory
AG Attorney General
AGA American Gas Association
AGC Annual Guideline Concentration
AGFTC Adirondack / Glens Falls Transportation Council
AGU American Geophysical Union
AHERA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (federal)
AHR Aquatic Habitat Restoration
AI Active Ingredient
AIM Architectural and Industrial Maintenance
AIRS Aeromatic Information Retrieval System
AIS Aquatic Invasive Species
AL Action Level
ALAPCO Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials
ALARA As Low As Reasonably Achievable
ALES Agency Law Enforcement Series
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
ALR Action Leakage Rate
ALSC Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation
AMAC Air Management Advisory Committee
AMS American Meteorological Society
ANC Acid neutralizing capacity
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ANSWERS Albany New York Solid Waste Energy Recovery System
AOC Area of concern, Area of contamination, Administrative Order on Consent
APA Adirondack Park Agency (federal), Administrative Procedure Act
APEDS Air Pollution Enforcement Data System
APHIS Animal and Plant Inspection Service
API American Petroleum Institute
APLUDP Adirondack Park Land Use Development Plan
APSLMP Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan
APTI Air Pollution Training Institute
AQCR Air Quality Control Region
AQI Air Quality Index
AQMN Air Quality Monitoring Network
AQRV Air Quality Related Value
AQS Air Quality System (national database for air quality data)
ARARs Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements
ARIP Accidental Release Information Program
ARM Approved Regional Method
ARNI Aquatic Resource of National Importance
ARTC Adirondack Regional Tourism Council
ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers
ASF Air State Facility
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
ASIWPCA Association of States and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators
ASLF Atlantic States Legal Foundation
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASMFC Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Council
ASRC Atmospheric Science Research Center
AST Aboveground Storage Tank
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
ASTSWMO Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste
ATIS Adirondack Trail Improvement Society
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (federal)
ATV All Terrain Vehicle
AU Animal Unit
AVS Acid Volatile Sulfide
AWMA Air and Waste Management Association


Acronym Definition
BACM Best Available Control Measures
BACT Best Available Control Technology
BAD Bureau of Application Development
BADT Best Available Demonstrated Technology
BAF Bioaccumulation Factor
BaP Benzo(a)Pyrene
BAQAR Bureau of Air Quality Analysis & Research
BAQP Bureau of Air Quality Planning
BAQS Bureau of Air Quality Surveillance
BART Best Available Retrofit Technology
BASF Biota Sediment Accumulation Factor
BAT Best Available Technology
BATNEEC Best Available Techniques Not Entailing Excessive Cost
BBA Breeding Bird Atlas
BBL Barrel (of oil)
BBS Bulletin Board System
BC Black Carbon
BCA Bird Conservation Area, Brownfield Cleanup Agreement
BCF Bioconcentration Factor
BCF Billion Cubic Feet
BPR Bureau of Pesticides and Radiation
BCP Brownfield Cleanup Program
BCT Best Control Technology
BDAT Best Demonstrated Achievable Technology
BDC Bureau of Design & Construction
BECI Bureau of Environmental Criminal Investigation
BEE Bureau of Environmental Education
BEGISDS Bureau of Environmental GIS and Database Services
BEIS Biogenic Emission Inventory
BEJ Best Engineering Judgment
BFPM Bureau of Forest Preserve Management
BHC benzene hexachloride
BHP-HR Brake Horse Power Hour
BHWR Bureau of Hazardous Waste Regulation
BHWRM Bureau of Hazardous Waste & Radiation Management
BMP Best Management Practice
BMR Bureau of Marine Resources
BMS Best Management System
BMSTD Bureau of Mobil Sources and Technology Development
BMTS Bureau of Maintenance & Technical Services
BNS Bureau of Network Services
BOA Brownfield Opportunity Area
BOAMOA Brownfield Opportunity Area Memorandum of Agreement
BOD Biochemical Oxygen Demand
BOD5 The amount of dissolved oxygen consumed in five days by biological processes breaking down organic matter
BOF Bureau of Fisheries
BOGR Bureau of Oil & Gas Regulation
BOH Bureau of Habitat
BOMR Bureau of Marine Resources
BOR Bureau of Recreation
BoSS Bureau of Stationary Sources
BOW Bureau of Wildlife, Becoming An Outdoors-Woman
BP Boiling Point
BPFV Bioaccumulation Potential Factor Value
BPI Bureau of Publications & Internet
BPJ Best Professional Judgment
BPLS Bureau of Private Land Services
BPM Bureau of Pesticides Management, Bureau of Program Management
BPO Bureau of Public Outreach
BPT Best Practicable Technology
BQA Bureau of Quality Assurance
BRA Bureau of Revenue Accounting
BRMD Bureau of Resource Management & Development
BRP Bureau of Real Property
BSLM Bureau of State Land Management
BSS Bureau of Stationary Sources
BSWRR Bureau of Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling
BTA Best Technology Available
BTEX Abbreviation for a group of chemical compounds - benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene
BTS Bureau of Transportation Services
BTU British Thermal Unit
BTX benzene, toluene, and xylene
BUD Beneficial Use Determination
BUS Bureau of User Support
BZ Ballschmitter-Zell


Acronym Definition
CD Construction & Demolition
CDD Construction and Demolition Debris
CO Consent Order, Order on Consent
CAA Clean Air Act
CAAA Clean Air Act Amendments
CAC Citizens' Advisory Committee, Conservation Advisory Commission
CACA Clean Air Compliance Act
CAF Coastal Assessment Form
CAFE Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency
CAFM Computer Assisted Facilities Management System
CAFO Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation
CAG Community Advisory Group
CAIR Clean Air Interstate Rule
CAM Compliance Assurance Monitoring
CAMP Community Air Monitoring Program
CAMR Clean Air Mercury Rule
CAMU Corrective Action Management Unit
CANY Conservation Alliance of New York
CAO Corrective Action Order, chief administrative officer (local government)
CAP Compliance Advisory Panel
CAT Climate Action Team
CARB California Air Resources Board
CAS Chemical Abstract Service (a referencing numbering system for chemicals)
CASAC Clean Air Science Advisory Committee
CBI Confidential Business Information
CBOD Carbonaceous Biochemical Oxygen Demand
CBRNE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive
CBS Chemical Bulk Storage
CBSA Core-Based Statistical Area
CCMP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
CDC Center for Disease Control
CDL Commercial Drivers License
CDTC Capital District Transportation Committee
CEA critical environmental area
CEC Citizens Environmental Coalition
CEM Continuous Emissions Monitor (ing)
CENRAP Central Regional Air Planning Association
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality (federal)
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980
CERCLIS Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Information System
CERI Center for Environmental Research Information
CERR Consolidated Emissions Reporting Rule
CESQG Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator
CFAB Conservation Fund Advisory Board
CFCs Chlorofluorocarbons
CFF Clean Fuels Fleet Program
CFL Compact Fluorescent Lamps
CFM Chlorofluoromethanes
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFSAN Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA)
CFU Colony Forming Units
CGLG Council of Great Lakes Governors
CH4 Methane
Ci/ml Microcuries per milliliter
CIBO Council of Industrial Boiler Owners
CIH Certified Industrial Hygienist
CJ Consent Judgment
CKD Cement Kiln Dust
CLA Commercial Lawn Application
CLP Contract Laboratory Program
CMA Chemical Manufacturers Association
CMAQ Congestion Mitigation Air Quality
CMAQ-HG Community Multi-Scale Air Quality Modeling-Mercury
CMAS Community Modeling and Analysis System
CMI Corrective Measures Implementation
CMS Corrective Measures Study
CNG Compressed Natural Gas
CPO Commissioner's Policy Office
CO Carbon Monoxide, Certificate to Operate, Consent Order
CO2 Carbon Dioxide
COC Chain of Custody
COD Chemical Oxygen Demand
COH Coefficient of Haze
COM Continuous Opacity Monitor
COOP Continuity of Operations Plan
COPAS Council of Petroleum Accounting Societies
COPC Constituent of Possible Concern
CP Citizen Participation or Commissioner's Policy
CPI Consumer Price Index
CPL Criminal Procedure Law
CPLR Civil Practice Law and Rules
CPP Citizen Participation Plan
CPS Citizen Participation Specialist
CPSC Consumer Products (Protection) Safety Commission
CQA construction quality assurance
CQC construction quality control
CRA Comprehensive Recycling Analysis
CRCPD Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc.
CREP Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
CRP Community Relations Plan
CSA Clear Skies Act, Combined Statistical Area
CSEA Civil Service Employees Association
CSG Council of State Governments
CSI Clear Skies Initiative
CSO Combined Sewer Overflow
CSP New York State Museum Center for Stratigraphy and Paleontology
CT Contact Time
CTG Control Technique Guideline
CWA Clean Water Act (see also FWPCA)
CWC Catskill Watershed Corporation
CWCA Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996
CWCS Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
CWD Chronic Wasting Disease
CWNS Clean Water Needs Survey
CWSRF Clean Water State Revolving Fund
CZMA Coastal Zone Management Act


Acronym Definition
DD Decontamination and Decommissioning
DAF Dilution/Attenuation Factor
DAR Division of Air Resources
DART Department Application Review & Tracking system
DBF Database File
DCA Dichloroethane
DCE Dicloroethene
DEA Drug Enforcement Agency
DEC Department of Environmental Conservation (New York State)
DECALS Department of Environmental Conservation Automated Licensing System
DED Department of Economic Development
DEE Division of Environmental Enforcement
DEIS Draft Environmental Impact Statement
DEP Division of Environmental Permits
DER Discrete Emission Reduction, Division of Environmental Remediation
DERA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (of 2006)
DERC Discrete Emission Reduction Credit
DFO Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans
DFP Division of Forest Protection (Forest Rangers)
DFPFM Division of Forest Protection and Fire Management
DFWMR Division of Fish,Wildlife and Marine Resources
DG Distributed Generation
DHS Department of Homeland Security (federal)
DIS Division of Information Services
DLA Division of Legal Affairs
DLE Division of Law Enforcement (ECOs)
DLF Division of Lands and Forests
DMB Division of Management & Budget
DMN Division of Mineral Resources
DMP Deer Management Permit
DMR Discharge Monitoring Report
DMU Deer Management Unit
DMV Department of Motor Vehicles
DNAPL Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid
DO Division of Operations, Dissolved Oxygen
DOC Department of Corrections (New York State)
DOE Department of Energy (New York State)
DOH Department of Health (New York State)
DOS Department of State (New York State)
DOT Department of Transportation (New York State)
DOW Division of Water
DPAE Division of Public Affairs and Education
DPC Disaster Preparedness Commission
DPW Department of Public Works (New York State)
DQO Data Quality Objective
DRBC Delaware River Basin Commission
DRE Destruction and Removal Efficiency
DSCF Dry Standard Cubic Feet
DSCM Dry Standard Cubic Meter
DSHM Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials
DSM Demand Side Management
DU Dobson Unit
DWQC Drinking Water Quality Control


Acronym Definition
EA Environmental Advocates or Environmental Assessment or Environmental Audit
EAB Environmental Appeals Board
EAF Environmental Assessment Form or Electric Arc Furnaces
EANY Environmental Advocates of New York
EBM Ecosystem Based Management
E-Board State Environmental Board
EBP Environmental Benefit Project
EC Elemental Carbon or Engineering Control
ECAT Environmental Conservation Appearance Ticket
ECD Emissions Control Device
ECDEP Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
ECHO Enforcement and Compliance History On-Line
ECL Environmental Conservation Law
ECO Employee Commute Option Program or Environmental Conservation Officer
ECOS Environmental Council of States
ECRA Environmental Cleanup & Responsibility Act (NJ)
EDB Ethylene Dibromide
EDC Ethylene Dichloride
EDF Environmental Defense Fund
EDMS Emissions Dispersion Modeling System
EDPL Eminent Domain Procedure Law
EEI Edison Electric Institute
EFC Environmental Facilities Corporation
EGBE Ethylene Glycol Butyl Ether
EGR Exhaust Gas Recirculation
EGU Electric Generating Unit
EHS Extremely Hazardous Substance
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
EIL Environmental Impairment Liability (Insurance)
EIM Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EJ Environmental Justice
EL Executive Law, Exposure Level
ELI Environmental Law Institute
ELS Environmental Law Section
EM Department of Energy - Environmental Management Office
EMAN Canadian Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network
EMAP Environmental Monitoring & Assessment Program
EMC Environmental Management Council
EMIG Environmental Management Investment Group
EML Environmental Measurements Laboratory
EMS Emission Modeling System
EMS95 Emissions Modeling System 95
EMT Electromagnetic Transmission
ELV End of Life Vehicle
ENB Environmental Notice Bulletin
EO Executive Order, Ethylene Oxide
EOC Emergency Operations Center (at SEMO)
EOH East-of-Hudson
EOP End of Pipe
EP Extraction Procedure (as in EP Toxicity Test), or Environmental Permit
EP Tox Extraction Procedure Toxicity Test
EPA Environmental Protection Agency (US)
EBP Environmental Benefit Policy
EPCRA Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
EPF Environmental Protection Fund
EPHT Environmental Public Health Tracking
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
EQBA Environmental Quality Bond Act (New York State)
ERC Emission Reduction Credit
ERIC Enforcement Recertification Inspection Compliance
ERISS Emergency and Remedial Response Inventory System
ERNS Energy Response Notification System
ERP Emission Rate Potential or Emergency Response Plan or Environmental Restoration Program
ESA Endangered Species Act or Environmental Site Assessment
ESD Empire State Development or Explanation of Significant Differences
ESFPA Empire State Forest Products Association
ESMP Estuarine Sanctuary Management Plan
ESO Empire State Outdoors
ESOGIS Empire State Organized Geologic Information System
ESP Electrostatic Precipitator
ESP Environmentally Significant Project
EUP Experimental Use Permit


Acronym Definition
FACA Federal Advisory Committee Act
FACMAP Facility Air Contaminant Management and Audit Plan
FAD Filtration Avoidance Determination
FC Fecal Coliforms
FCE Full Compliance Evaluation
FCV Final Chronic Value
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FDMS Filter Dynamic Measurement System
FEIS Final Environmental Impact Statement
FEM Federal Equivalent Method
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FGD Flue Gas Desulfurization
FGR Flue Gas Recirculation
FIFRA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
FIP Federal Implementation Plan
FIR Facility Information Report
FLEP Forest Land Enhancement Program
FLWF Ferris Lake Wild Forest
FMP Fishery Management Plan
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FOIL Freedom of Information Law
FONSI Finding of No Significant Impact (under NEPA)
FOSTTA Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action
FPAC Forest Preserve Advisory Committee
FR Forest Ranger, Federal Register
FRM Federal Reference Method
FS Feasibility Study
FSF Federal Superfund (see CERCLA)
FSP Field Sampling Plan
FSRU Floating Storage Regasification Unit
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
FTIR Fourier Transform Infra Red
FTP Federal Test Procedure
FUSRAP Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program
FWAB Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board
FWPCA Federal Water Pollution Control Act (see CWA)
FWS Fish and Wildlife Service (Federal)


Acronym Definition
g Gram
GAC Granulated Activated Carbon
GACT Generally Available Control Technology
GBNRTC Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council
GBTC Green Building Tax Credit
GC Gas Chromatography
GC/EC Gas Chromatograph/Electron Capture
GC/MS Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometric detection
GCL geosynthetic clay liner
GCMS Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry
GEIS Generic Environmental Impact Statement
GHG Greenhouse Gas
GIS Geographic Information System
GLAD Great Lakes Air Deposition
GLDC Griffis Local Development Corporation
GLFC Great Lakes Fisheries Commission
GLRPPR Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
GLSAPA Great Lakes States Air Permitting Agreement
GLWQA Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
GML General Municipal Law
GOL General Obligations Law
GORR Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform
GPAD Gallons Per Acre Per Day
GPD Gallons Per Day
GPM Gallons Per Minute
GPR Ground Penetrating Radar
GPS Geographical Positioning System, global positioning system
GRAS Generally Recognized as Safe
GSI Geosynthetic Institute
GVWR Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
GW Groundwater
GWPC Ground Water Protection Council
GWPS Groundwater Protection Strategy


Acronym Definition
H2O Water
H2S hydrogen sulfide
HA Health Advisory
HAA5 Haloacetic Acids
HAACP Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
HAB Harmful Algal Bloom
HAP Hazardous Air Pollutant
HASP Health and Safety Plan
HAZMAT Hazardous Materials
HAZWOPER Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
HC Hydrocarbons
HCFC Hydrochlorofluorocarbons
HCl Hydrogen Chloride
HCS Hazard Communication Standard
HD Heavy Duty
HD-CFF Heavy Duty Clean Fuel Fleet
HDD Heavy Duty Diesel
HDPE High Density Polyethylene (Plastic)
HDV Heavy Duty Vehicle
HEEP Health & Environmental Effects Profile
HEP Harbor Estuary Program
HFC Hydrofluorocarbon
Hg Mercury
HHW Household Hazardous Waste
HLRW High Level Radioactive Waste
HMTA Hazardous Materials Transportation Act
HNu Tradename of a Particular Photoionization Detector
HOC Halogenated Organic Carbons
HON Hazardous Organic NESHAP
HPAI Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
HPLC High Performance Liquid Chromatography
HPV High Priority Violation
HRA Health Risk Assessment
HRCTM Hydrogen Release Compound
HRP Hudson River Park
HRPT Hudson River Part Trust
HRS Hazard(ous) Ranking System
HRSG Heat Recovery Steam Generator
HVAC Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (system)
HWIR Hazardous Waste Identification Rule
HWRF Hazardous Waste Remedial Fund


Acronym Definition
I/I Infiltration/Inflow
I/M or I&M Inspection and Maintenance
IA Impact Analysis
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IAQ Indoor Air Quality
IC Internal Control
ICAC Institute of Clean Air Companies
ICE Internal Combustion Engine
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
ICG Interagency Consultation Group
ICM Interim Corrective Measures
ICRP International Commission of Radiation Protection
ICS Incident Command System
ICSSL Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List
IDA Industrial Development Authority
IDL Instrument Detection Limit
IEC Interstate Environmental Commission
IESWTR Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
IFB Invitation for Bid
IGP Intermediate Glass Processors
IIA Institute of Internal Auditors
IIWP Immediate Investigation Work Plan
IJC International Joint Commission
IMCC Interstate Mining Compact Commission
IMERC Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse
IOGA Independent Oil and Gas Association
IOGCC Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
IP International Paper
IPA Instrumental Protocol Assessment
IPM Integrated Pest Management
IPN Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis
IPP Independent Power Producer
IRIS Integrated Risk Information System
IRM Interim Remedial Measure
IS Interim Status
ISD Information System Development
ISI Implementation Strategies and Issues
ISSC Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference
ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
ISU Internal System of Unit
IUP Intended Use Plan
IWS Ionizing Wet Scrubber


Acronym Definition
JBDA Jamaica Bay Damages Account


Acronym Definition
KAP Kensico Action Plan
KAPL Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, (Niskayuna, NY)
KAPL/KSO KAPL/Kesselring Site Operations, (West Milton, NY)
Kb kilobyte
KEEP Kensico Environmental Enhancement Program
Kg Kilogram
Km Kilometer
KWIC Kensico Watershed Improvement Committee


Acronym Definition
LAC Limits of Acceptable Change
LADCO Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium
LADD Lowest Acceptable Daily Dose or Lifetime Average Daily Dose
LAER Lowest Achievable Emission Rate
LATS Leave Accrual Tracking System
LCL Lower Control Limit
LCRS Leachate Collection and Removal System
LD Lethal Dose
LD50 Median Lethal Concentration
LDPE Low Density Polyethylene
LDR Land Disposal Restriction
LDS Leak Detection System
LDT Light Duty Truck
LDV Light Duty Vehicle
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEL Lower Explosive Limit or Lowest Effect Level
LEPC Local Emergency Planning Committee
LEV Low Emission Vehicle
LFG Landfill Gas
LIFS Legislation Initiation Form
LIS Long Island Sound
LISS Long Island Sound Study
LLRW Low Level Radioactive Waste
LLW Low Level (Radioactive ) Waste
LMCCC Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center
LMDC Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
LNAPL Light Non-aqueous Phase Liquid
LNG Liquid Natural Gas
LOADS Lake Ontario Deposition Study
LOAEL Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Level
LOCMA Lower Orange County Metropolitan Area
LOD Limit of Detection
LPAI Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza
LPG Liquified Petroleum Gas
LQG Large Quantity Generator
LSWMP Local Solid Waste Management Plan
LTA Land Trust Alliance
LTCP Long Term Control Plan
LUST Leaking Underground Storage Tank


Acronym Definition
M2P2 Multi-media Pollution Prevention
MAC Multi-Agency Coordination Group
MACT Maximum Achievable Control Technology
MAFMC Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
MANE-VU Mid-Atlantic/Northeastern Visibility Union
MAP Maximum Annual Potential, Management Assistance Program, Mercury Action Plan
MARAMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association
MARLAP Multi-Agency Radiological Laboratory Analytic Protocols
MARSSIM Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual
mcf thousand cubic feet (of natural gas)
MCIP Meteorology-Chemistry Interface Program
MCL Maximum Contaminant Level (Limit), Major Change in Labeling
MCLG Maximum Contaminant Level Goal
MDA Minimum Detectable Activity
MDC Minimum Detectable Concentration
MDL Method Detection Limit
MEAQ Mobile Emissions and Air Quality
MED Manhattan Engineering Project
MEK Methyl Ethyl Ketone
MEU Marine Enforcement Unit
MG/L Milligrams Per Liter, or Parts Per Million
MGD Million Gallons Per Day
MGP Manufactured Gas Plant
MIBK Methyl isobutyl ketone
ML Millileter
MLRL Mined Land Reclamation Law
MLUP Mined Land Use Plan
MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act
MO Model Ordinance (for NSSP)
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOSF Major Oil Storage Facility
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MOVES Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator
MPN Most Probable Number (bacterial count)
MRAC Marine Resources Advisory Council
MRF Materials Recovery Facility
MRGP Municipal Recycling Grants Program
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area
MSAT Mobile Sources of Air Toxics
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
MSFCMA Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
MSHA Mine Safety and Health Administration
MSGP Multi-Sector General Permit
MSW Municipal Solid Waste
MTA Metropolitan Transportation Authority
MTBE Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether
MTS Marine Transfer Station
MUA Multiple Use Area
MVMA Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association
MVWA Mohawk Valley Water Authority
MW Megawatt
MW Monitoring Well
MWC Municipal Waste Combustor
MWRR Municipal Waste Reduction & Recycling


Acronym Definition
N/A Not Applicable
N2 Nitrogen Gas
NA Not Applicable
NAA Nonattainment Area
NAAG National Association of Attorney General
NAAMSC National Ambient Air Monitoring Steering Committee
NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NAD83 North American Datum 1983
NADATS New York Acid Deposition Allowance Tracking System
NAMS National Air Monitoring System
NAPAP National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program
NAPL Non-aqueous Phase Liquid
NARSTO North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone
NARUC National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
NORM naturally occurring radioactive material
NASLR National Association of State Land Reclamationists
NATA National Air Toxics Assessment
NAVC Northeast Alternative Vehicle Consortium
NBAR Non-Binding Allocations of Responsibility
NBWI Native-But-Widely-Introduced
NCA Noise Control Act
NCAQ National Commission on Air Quality
NCore National Core multipollutant monitoring program
NCP National Contingency Plan
NCRP National Council on Radiation Protection
NEAP Natural Event Action Plan
NEFSC Northeast Fisheries Science Center
NEG/ECP New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers
NEI National Emission Inventory
NEIWPCC New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
NEP National Estuary Program
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NEPPS National Environmental Performance Partnership System
NERC Northeast Recycling Coalition
NESCAUM Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management
NESEA Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
NESHAP National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants
NEWMOA Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NFRAP No Further Remedial Action Planned
NFTA Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
NG Nanogram
NGA National Governors Association
NGO Nongovernmental Organization
NH3 Ammonia
NHSDA National Highway System Designation Act
NIIMS National Interagency Incident Management System
NIMBY Not in My Back Yard
NIMS National Incident Management System
NIMTO Not in My Term of Office
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NL Navigation Law
NLEV National Low Emission Vehicle
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NMHC Nonmethane Hydrocarbon
NMIM National Mobile Inventory Model
NMOG Non-Methane Organic Gases
NNL Neighbor Notification Law
NNSR Non-attainment New Source Review
NO Nitric Oxide
No. Number
NO2 Nitrogen Dioxide
NO3 Nitrate
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NODA Notice of Data Availability
NOEL No Observable Effect Level
NOID Notice of Intent to Delete
NORM Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material
NRCS USDA National Resource Conservation Service
NOV Notice of Violation
NOx Nitrogen Oxides
NOy Reactive nitrogen consisting of NOx and oxidation products, nitric acid, peroxyacetyl nitrate and organic nitrates
NPAP National Performance Audit Program
NPCL Not-for-profit Corporation Law
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPE Nonylphenol Ethoxylates
NPL National Priorities List
NPRM or NPR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NPS National Park Service
NRC National Recycling Coalition, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NYSGA New York State Geologists Association
NRD Natural Resource Damages
NRDC National Resources Defense Council
NRDU National Resource Damages Unit
NSCR Non-Selective Catalytic Reduction
NSPS New Source Performance Standard
NSR New Source Review
NSSP National Shellfish Sanitation Program
NTI National Toxics Inventory
NTU Nephlometric Turbidity Unit
NUG Non-Utility Generator
NUREG Nuclear Regulatory Guide issued by the USNRC
NWCG National Wildfire Coordinating Group
NWI National Wetlands Inventory
NWS National Weather Service
NYCDEP New York City Department of Environmental Protection
NYCDOH New York City Department of Health
NYCDOS New York City Department of Sanitation
NYCMA New York City Metropolitan Area
NYCMSA New York Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area
NYCRR New York Codes, Rules and Regulations
NYHSEES New York Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance
NYMA New York Metropolitan Area
NYMTC New York State Metro Transportation Council
NYPIRG New York Public Interest Research Group
NYS New York State
NYSDAM or DAM New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
NYSAR3 New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
NYSASWM New York State Association for Solid Waste Management
NYSCACA New York State Clean Air Compliance Act
NYSCC New York State Canal Corporation
NYSDEC New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NYSDOH New York State Department of Health
NYSEG New York State Electric and Gas
NYSEO New York State Energy Office
NYSERDA New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
NYSGS New York State Geologic Survey
NYSICA New York State Internal Control Association
NYSM New York State Museum
NY-TEST New York's Transient Emission Short Test
NYVIP New York Vehicle Inspection Program


Acronym Definition
ODM Organization & Delegation Memorandum
OM Operation and Maintenance
O2 Oxygen
O3 Ozone
OAQPS Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
OBD On-board Diagnostics
OBPRA Office of Business Permit and Regulatory Assistance
OC Organic Carbon
OCS Outer Continental Shelf
OCRRA Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency
ODS Ozone Depleting Substances
OECA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
OEJ Office of Environmental Justice
OER Office of Employee Relations
OGS or NYSOGS New York State Office of General Services
OH Hydroxyl Radical
OHMS Office of Hearings and Mediation Services
OHS Office of Homeland Security (NYS)
OHSWMA Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority
OIA&I Office of Internal Audit and Investigation
OLA Office of Legislative Affairs
OMM Operation, Maintenance and Monitoring
OMR Office of Media Relations
OMRD Open Motorized Route Density
OMTR Open Market Trading Rule
OOD Office of Director
OPA Oil Pollution Act
OPP Operating Permit Program
OPRHP Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
ORD Open Road Density
OSC On-Scene (site) Coordinator
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSP Open Space Plan
OSTP Office of Science and Technology Policy
OTAG Ozone Transport Assessment Group
OTC Ozone Transport Commission
OTR Ozone Transport Region
OU Operable Unit
OWB Outdoor Wood Boiler


Acronym Definition
PA Preliminary Assessment
P2 Pollution Prevention
P2Rx Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
PA Preliminary Assessment
PAH Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon
PAHs Polynuclear (or polycyclic) aromatic hydrocarbons
PAMS Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Station
Pb Lead
PBL Planetary Boundary Layer
PBS Petroleum Bulk Storage
PBT Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic
PC Permit to Construct
PCB Polychlorinated Biphenyl
PCDD Polychlorinated Dibenzo-Dioxin
PCDF Polychlorinated Dibenzo-Furan
PCE Perchloroethylene
PCI or P/C/I Private, Commercial and Institutional
pCi/g Picocuries per gram
pCi/l Picocuries by Liter
PCS Pesticide Control Specialist
PDCTC Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council
PDF Portable Document Format
PE Professional Engineer
PEF Public Employees Federation
PEL Permissible Exposure Limit
PEP Peconic Estuary Program
PEP Performance Evaluation Program
PERC Perchloroethylene or Program Emergency Response Coordinator
PETE Polyethylene Terephthalate
PFA Project Financing Agreement
PFAC Program, Finance and Administrative Committee
PFC Perfluorinated Carbon
PFLT Paint Filter Liquids Test
pH A measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid or a solid material
PHL Public Health Law
PIC Product of Incomplete Combustion
PID Photo Ionization Device or Detection.
PIGS Pesticide in Groundwater Strategy
PIMS Pesticide Product, Ingredient and Manufacturer System
PISCES Passive In-Situ Chemical Extraction Sampler
PLCRS Primary Leachate collection and removal system
PLM Polarized Light Microscopy
Ci/ml PM Project Manager, Particulate Matter
PM-10 Particulate Matter-10 Microns or less
PM2.5 Particulate matter- 2.5 Microns or less
PMcoarse Particlate Matter larger than PM2.5 and smaller than PM10
PMN Premanufacture Notification
PNAs Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons
POE Point of Exposure
POM Polycyclic Organic Matter
POTW Publicly Owned Treatment Works
POV Privately Owned Vehicle
PP Pollution Prevention
PPA Performance Partnership Agreements or Pollution Prevention Act
ppb parts per billion
PPE Probable Point of Entry or Personal Protective Equipment
PPL Project Priority List
ppm parts per million
PPM Policies and Procedures Manual
ppt parts per trillion
PPU Pollution Prevention Unit
PQL Practical Quantitation Limit
PRAP Proposed Remedial Action Plan
PRP Potentially Responsible Party
PRR Periodic Review Report
PS Personal Service
PSA Preliminary Site Assessment
PSC Public Service Commission
PSD Prevention of Significant Deterioration
PSEG Public Service Electric and Gas
PSI Pollution Standard Index, Product Stewardship Institute, pounds per square inch
PSP Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning
PTE Potential To Emit
PURPA Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act
PVC Polyvinyl Chloride
PWC Personal Water Craft
PWL Priority Waterbodies List


Acronym Definition
QA Quality Assurance
QAPP Quality Assurance Project Plan
QC Quality Control
QL Quantification Limit
QMP Quality Management Plan
Quad Quadrangle Map


Acronym Definition
RI Rehabilitation and Improvements
RA Regional Attorney or Remedial Action, Regional Administrator
RACD Remedial Action Consent Decree
RACT Reasonably Available Control Technology
RADAR Relevant Acronyms-Division of Air Resources
RAF Reactivity Adjustment Factor
RAMP Remedial Action Management Plan
RAPCE Regional Air Pollution Control Engineer
RAPIDS Regional Air Pollution Inventory Development System
RAR Remedial Alternatives Report
RATA Relative Accuracy Test Audit
RBRC Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
RC Remedial Construction
RCA Returnable Container Act
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (Federal)
RD Remedial Design or Regional Director
RDD Research Development & Demonstration
RD/RA Remedial Design / Remedial Action
RDF Refuse Derived Fuel
REL Recommended Exposure Limits
RERC Regional Emergency Response Coordinator
RFA Request for Application
RFB Request for Bid
RD Reference Dose
RFG Reformulated Gasoline
RFI RCRA Feasibility (Facility) Investigation
RFP Reasonable Further Progress
RFP Request for Proposal
RFRA Religious Freedom Restoration Act
RGGI Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
RHA Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899
RI Remedial Investigation
RI/FS Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study
RICO Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
RIM Rule (making) Initiation Memorandum or Regulatory Initiation Memorandum
RIR Remedial Investigation Report
RIS Regulatory Impact Statement
RIWP Remedial Investigation Work Plan
RLUIPA Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
RMP Risk Management Plan
ROD Record of Decision
ROW Right-of-Way
RP Responsible Party
RPA Regional Permit Administrator
RPL Real Property Law
RPO Regional Planning Organization
RPS Renewable Portfolio Standard
RQ Reportable Quantity
RRF Relative Reduce Factor
RRT Regional Response Team
RTF Regional Treatment Facility
RtK Right-to-Know
RVP Reid Vapor Pressure


Acronym Definition
SI Site Investigation (USEPA)
SAB Science Advisory Board
SAC State Assistance Contract
SACM Superfund Accelerated Cleanup Model
SAEWG Standing Air Emissions Work Group
SAFIS Standard Atlantic Fisheries Information System
SAMWG Standing Air Monitoring Work Group
SAO Summary Abatement Order
SAP Sampling & Analysis Plan
SAPA State Administrative Procedure Act
SARA Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (Federal)
SAREP Sportfish and Aquatic Resources Education Program
SBAP Small Business Assistance Program
SBEAP Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
SBREFA Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996
SC Soot Carbon
SCBA Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
SCC Source Classification Code
SCG Standards, criteria and guidance
SCO Soil Cleanup Objectives
SCORP Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
SCP Stormwater Concept Plan
SCR Selective Catalytic Reduction
SCR Stormwater Control Report
SCS Soil Conservation Service
SDEIS Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act
SEAF Short Environmental Assessment Form
SEL Severe Effects Level
SEM Scanning Electron Microscope
SEMO State Emergency Management Office
SEQR State Environmental Quality Review
SEQRA State Environmental Quality Review Act
SERC State Emergency Response Commission
SFA Sustainable Fisheries Act
SFL State Finance Law
SFY State Fiscal Year
SGC Short-term Guideline Concentration
SHPA State Historic Preservation Act
SI International System of Units
SI Spark Ignited or Site Investigation
SIC Standard Industrial Classification (Code)
SIP State Implementation Plan
SIR Site Investigation Report
SLAMS State and Local Air Monitoring System
SLCRS Secondary Leachate Collection & Removal System
SLN Special Local Need
SMCRA Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
SMP Site Management Plan
SMS Source Management System
SMTC Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council
SNCR Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction
SNAP Significant Non-Compliance Action Program
SNPRM Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
SO2 Sulfur Dioxide
SO3 Sulfur Trioxide
SO4 Sulfate
SOC Synthetic Organic Chemicals
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SOW Scope of Work
SPCC Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan
SPDES State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
SPOTS Spill Prevention Operations Technology Series
SPPP Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
SQC Sediment Quality Criteria
SQG Small Quantity Generator
SRA State Reforestation Area
SRBC Susquehanna River Basin Commission
SRF Small Scale Energy Recovery Facility or State Revolving Fund
SSA Soil Source Aquifer
SSF State Superfund
SSL Soil Screening Level
SSO Sanitary Sewer Overflow
SSTS Subsurface Sewage Treatment System
STAG State and Tribal Assistance Grants
STAPPA State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators
STAPPA State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators
STARS Spills Technology and Remediation Services
STB Surface Transportation Board
STEL Short-Term Exposure Limit
STEP Saratoga Technology and Energy Park
STGWG State and Tribal Government Working Group
STP Sewage Treatment Plant
STP Sewage Treatment Plant
SUNY State University of New York
SV Seasonal Variance
SV Seasonal Variance
SV Significant Violator
SV Significant Violator
SVE Soil Vapor Extraction
SVOC Semi-volatile organic compounds
SVOCs Semi-volatile Organic Compounds
SW Surface Water
SWANCC Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
SWCD Soil and Water Conservation District
SWDA Solid Waste Disposal Act (federal)
SWG State Wildlife Grant
SWMA Solid Waste Management Act
SWIMS Solid Waste Information Management System
SWMP Solid Waste Management Plan
SWMU Solid Waste Management Unit
SWN State Wireless Network
SWO Storm Water Outfall
SWTR Surface Water Treatment Rule


Acronym Definition
TAC Thermostatic Air Cleaner
TAG Technical Assistance Grant (Program)
TAGA Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer
TAGM Technical Assistance and Guidance Memorandum
TAP Technical Assistance Program
TBR Trenton-Black River
TBT Tributyltin
TC Total Coliforms
TCA Trichloroethane
TCDD 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
TCDF 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzofuran
TCE Trichloroethylene
TCL Target Compound List
TCLP Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure
TCM Transportation Control Measure
TDF Tire Derived Fuel
TDL Target Detection Limit or Target Distance Limit
TDS Total Dissolved Solids
TEM Transmission Electron Microscope
TEOM Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance, continuous PM monitor
TGM Technical Guidance Memorandum
THC Total Halogenated Compounds
THM Trihalomethane
TLC Taxi and Limousine Commission
TLEV Transitional Low Emission Vehicle
TLV Threshold Limit Value
TMD True Measured Depth
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load
TNC The Nature Conservancy
TNTC Too Numerous to Count
TOC Total Organic Carbon
TOCs Total Organic Compounds
TOGS Technical and Operational Guidance Series
TPCH Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse
TPH Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons
TPQ Threshold Planning Quantity
TPY Tons per Year
TQ Threshold Quantity
TRI Toxic Release Inventory
TRP Temporary Revocable Permit
TSCA (pronounced Tosca) Toxic Substances Control Act
TSD Technical Support Document
TSDF Treatment, Storage or Disposal Facility
TSP Total Suspended Particulate
TSS Total Suspended Solids
TT Treatment Technique
TTHM Total Trihalomethanes
TTN Technology Transfer Network
TVD True Vertical Depth
TVS Total Volatile Solids
TWA Time Weighted Average
TWAREL Time Weighted Average Recommended Exposure Limit
TWATLV Time Weighted Average Threshold Limit Value


Acronym Definition
UAM Urban Airshed Model
UAM-V Urban Airshed Model V
UAO Unilateral Administrative Order
UARG Utility Air Regulatory Group
UEL Upper Explosive Limit
UFL Upper Flammability Limit
ug/kg Micrograms per Kilogram
ug/l Micrograms per Liter
UHC Unburned Hydrocarbon
UIC Underground Injection Control
ULEV Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles
UMP Unit Management Plan
UPA Uniform Procedures Act
USACE United States Army Corps of Engineers
USC United States Code or Unified Soil Classification
USCA United States Code Annotated
USCG United State Coast Guard
USCS Unified Soil Classification System
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USDE United States Department of Education
USDHS United States Department of Homeland Security
USDOE United States Department of Energy
USEPA United States Environmental Protection Agency
USFS United States Forest Service
USGS United States Geological Survey
USNRC United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
UST Underground Storage Tank
USTCA Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act (federal)
UV Ultraviolet


Acronym Definition
VALE Voluntary Airport Low Emission
VCP Voluntary Cleanup Program
VERP Visitor Experience and Resource Protection
VHAP Volatile Hazardous Air Pollutant
VHS Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia
VI Vapor Intrusion
VIN Vehicle Identification Number
VISTA Visual Inspection System for Tracking and Analysis
VMT Vehicle Miles Traveled
VOC Volatile Organic Compound


Acronym Definition
WAC Watershed Agricultural Council
WAP Watershed Agricultural Program
WDRAP Waterborne Disease Risk Assessment Program
WECC Watershed Enforcement Coordination Committee
WESTAR Western States Air Resources Council
WET Whole Effluent Toxicity
WFP Whole Farm Program
WHIP Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program
WI Water Inventory
WMA Wildlife Management Area
WMRC Waste Management and Research Center
WMU Wildlife Management Unit
WOH West-of-Hudson
WPCP Water Pollution Control Plant
WPS Worker Protection Standard
WQC Water Quality Certification
WQS Water Quality Standard
WRRs Watershed Rules and Regulations
WRDA Water Resources Development Act
WSP Water Supply Permit
WTE Waste to Energy Facility
WVDP West Valley Demonstration Project
WWF World Wildlife Fund
WWTP Waste Water Treatment Plant


Acronym Definition
yCi/ml Microcuries


Acronym Definition
ZEV Zero Emission Vehicle
ZRL Zero Risk Level

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