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Week of 18 October, 2020
Sunday - 10/18
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Monday - 10/19
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Tuesday - 10/20
2:00 PMPart 496 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Public Comment Period, and Hearing
https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/121141.html
Contact  Office of Climate Change
climatechange@dec.ny.gov (518)402-8448

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Public Comment Period, and Public Comment Hearing

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

6 NYCRR Part 496

Pursuant to Section 75-0107 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) hereby gives notice of the following:

The Department is proposing the addition of 6 NYCRR Part 496, “Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits.” The proposed rule adopts limits on the emission of greenhouse gases in 2030 and 2050, as a percentage of 1990 emissions, per the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. It applies to all emission sources in the State, but the rule does not itself impose compliance obligations.

Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted until 5 p.m. on October 27, 2020. Written comments must be mailed to Suzanne Hagell, NYS DEC Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1550 or emailed to climate.regs@dec.ny.gov. Include “Part 496” in the subject line of the email.

Two public comment hearing webinars for the proposed rule will be held on October 20, 2020, before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Molly T. McBride via electronic webinar as follows and, accordingly, are reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility:

Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Access: To join through the internet, visit:
https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/onstage/g.php?MTID=e30d9caae5e27f9ff9299003eafd742dd
and click “Join Now.”

Event Number: 173 919 8809
Password: Oct20-2PM

To join by phone only, dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 173 919 8809

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed rule will have the opportunity to make a statement at the public comment hearing webinars. Any person wishing to provide a public statement must register in advance of the hearing no later than 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020. We ask that each speaker register for only one session of the hearing. Any person may listen to the hearing by phone or by logging into the hearing online without pre-registration.

To register electronically: To register to make a public statement electronically, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nysdec-hearing-webinar-re-regs-part-496-greenhouse-gas-emission-limits-registration-115516961341.

To register by telephone: Any person who is not able to login electronically may participate by telephone. Call-in participants must register to speak in advance by calling the Department at 518-402-9003. Please provide your first and last name, address, email address if any, and telephone number and reference the Part 496 public comment hearing.

All participants will be muted upon entry into the hearing. The ALJ will call each person who has requested to provide a statement to speak. The ALJ will continue the hearing until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made to include their comments in the record. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker as necessary to afford all participants an opportunity to be heard. We also recommend that lengthy comments be summarized for oral presentation and submitted in writing as provided above. The hearing will be recorded for inclusion in the record.

The Department will provide interpreter services for hearing impaired persons, and language interpreter services for individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English, at no charge upon written request submitted no later than October 9, 2020. The written request must be addressed to ALJ McBride, NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1550 or emailed to ALJ McBride at ohms@dec.ny.gov.

Document Availability: The express terms of the proposed rule and other rulemaking documents may be reviewed online on the Department’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/121052.html. Copies of rulemaking documents are also available upon request by contacting:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Climate Change
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1030, ATTN: Suzanne Hagell
Phone: (518) 402-8448
Email: climate.regs@dec.ny.gov



4:30 PMFive Rivers - Outdoors After School
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

OUTDOORS AFTER SCHOOL

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers. Call by the Monday before each session to register for that week’s program.

Registration is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by the Monday before the program to register. If registration fills, you may be placed on a waiting list.

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.



6:00 PMPart 496 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Public Comment Period, and Hearing
https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/121141.html
Contact  Office of Climate Change
climatechange@dec.ny.gov (518)402-8448

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Public Comment Period, and Public Comment Hearing
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
6 NYCRR Part 496

Pursuant to Section 75-0107 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) hereby gives notice of the following:

The Department is proposing the addition of 6 NYCRR Part 496, “Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits.”  The proposed rule adopts limits on the emission of greenhouse gases in 2030 and 2050, as a percentage of 1990 emissions, per the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  It applies to all emission sources in the State, but the rule does not itself impose compliance obligations.

Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted until 5 p.m. on October 27, 2020.  Written comments must be mailed to Suzanne Hagell, NYS DEC Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1550 or emailed to climate.regs@dec.ny.gov.  Include “Part 496” in the subject line of the email.

Two public comment hearing webinars for the proposed rule will be held on October 20, 2020, before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Molly T. McBride via electronic webinar as follows and, accordingly, are reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility:

Date:  October 20, 2020
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Access:  To join through the internet, visit:
https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/onstage/g.php?MTID=e60741a279078e6f8e7178158893d5bc8

and click “Join Now.”

Event Number: 173 730 1808
Password:  Oct20-6PM

To join by phone only, dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 173 730 1808

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed rule will have the opportunity to make a statement at the public comment hearing webinars.  Any person wishing to provide a public statement must register in advance of the hearing no later than 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020.  We ask that each speaker register for only one session of the hearing.  Any person may listen to the hearing by phone or by logging into the hearing online without pre-registration.

To register electronically:  To register to make a public statement electronically, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nysdec-hearing-webinar-re-regs-part-496-greenhouse-gas-emission-limits-registration-115516961341.

To register by telephone:  Any person who is not able to login electronically may participate by telephone.  Call-in participants must register to speak in advance by calling the Department at 518-402-9003.  Please provide your first and last name, address, email address if any, and telephone number and reference the Part 496 public comment hearing.

All participants will be muted upon entry into the hearing.  The ALJ will call each person who has requested to provide a statement to speak.  The ALJ will continue the hearing until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made to include their comments in the record.  Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker as necessary to afford all participants an opportunity to be heard.  We also recommend that lengthy comments be summarized for oral presentation and submitted in writing as provided above.  The hearing will be recorded for inclusion in the record.

The Department will provide interpreter services for hearing impaired persons, and language interpreter services for individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English, at no charge upon written request submitted no later than October 9, 2020.  The written request must be addressed to ALJ McBride, NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1550 or emailed to ALJ McBride at ohms@dec.ny.gov.

Document Availability:  The express terms of the proposed rule and other rulemaking documents may be reviewed online on the Department’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/121052.html.  Copies of rulemaking documents are also available upon request by contacting:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Climate Change
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1030, ATTN: Suzanne Hagell
Phone: (518) 402-8448
Email: climate.regs@dec.ny.gov.

 



Wednesday - 10/21
10:00 AMMHD ZEV MOU and Action Plan Development Kick Off
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/121209.html
Contact  James Symon
MHDZEVMOUPlan.Air@dec.ny.gov

DEC is inviting you to attend a virtual meeting to discuss the MHD ZEV MOU along with the states’ efforts to develop a MHD ZEV Action Plan.  The Action Plan will identify existing barriers and propose solutions to support widespread adoption of MHD zero emission vehicles.


Join as an attendee:https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec427341ab0e7d71210f6c229cec15202



1:00 PMReinstein Woods - Wild Wednesday
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, hour-long outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs; call 716-683-5959 to register for an in-person program. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • You must pre-register by phone; you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • All participants are required to wear a mask; social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced whenever possible. 
  • Reinstein Woods’ restrooms will not be available. In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled. 
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


6:00 PMNorlite Virtual Public Information Session
http://on.ny.gov/Norlite102120
Contact  Regina Willis
Comments.Norlite2020@dec.ny.gov or 518-357-2075
Location  Virtual Public Outreach

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) and the City of Cohoes will hold a virtual public information session on issues related to the incineration of hazardous materials at the Norlite facility in Cohoes.

DATE: October 21, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, DEC and DOH presentations will be conducted virtually through the Webex Events online platform or via conference call.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Local residents and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to join the virtual session and submit questions, either during or before the session.

To join the virtual session online on October 21, 2020 at 6 p.m.:

Visit http://on.ny.gov/Norlite102120 and click “Join”
Event Number: 171 919 8266
Password: mV9Mr2xjDq3
For information on how to participate in a virtual meeting, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/51805.html

To join by phone:

Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 171 919 8266 #
Press # again in lieu of an attendee I.D. number

Topics

DEC and DOH officials will provide information and take questions after each presentation on the following important topics:

  • Overview of New York State’s response to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): What is PFAS and aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), and what actions are New York taking to prevent exposure to these compounds in Cohoes and across the state.
  • Update on DEC and DOH’s Comprehensive Soil and Surface Water Investigation currently underway: Overview of DEC’s on-the-ground analysis to determine if there were any impacts from Norlite’s prior processing of AFFF.
  • DEC’s enhanced Norlite permit renewal review process: Overview of DEC’s enhanced permit renewal review and community engagement for Norlite’s State Air Title V and Part 373 Hazardous Waste Management Facility permits.
  • Required Comprehensive Performance Testing of Norlite’s Air Pollution Control Equipment: Overview of Norlite’s recently upgraded air pollution control equipment, required performance testing and DEC’s oversight.

How to Ask Questions

Submit questions to DEC in advance:
Email: Comments.Norlite2020@dec.ny.gov

Call: (518) 357-2075, or

Mail:
NYSDEC
Public Participation Office
1130 N. Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306

To ask questions during the information session:
DEC will be answering questions submitted through the Webex "chat" function during the virtual session.

How to View the Discussion After the October 21 Virtual Meeting

A recording of the meeting will be posted on the DEC Norlite website, https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/121118.html, in addition to information about the comprehensive sampling investigation, virtual public information session, and additional Norlite updates.

For questions, contact DEC at 518-357-2075.



Thursday - 10/22
4:30 PMFive Rivers - Outdoors After School
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

OUTDOORS AFTER SCHOOL

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers. Call by the Monday before each session to register for that week’s program.

Registration is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by the Monday before the program to register. If registration fills, you may be placed on a waiting list.

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.



Friday - 10/23
 Brownfield App. - 200 East Main, LLC Site (Mount Kisco) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as 200 East Main, LLC, site ID #C360183. This site is located in the Town of Mount Kisco, within the County of Westchester and is located at 200-206 (East) Main Street. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by October 23, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C360183/

And, once reopened, at:

Mount Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549



 Proposed Cleanup - Ellicott Station East Site (Batavia) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposal to address contamination related to Ellicott Station East, site ID #C819023 (Batavia, Genesee County), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through October 23, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C819023/

And at:

Richmond Memorial Library
Attn: Kathleen Facer
19 Ross Street 
Batavia, NY  14020
585-343-9550



 Proposed Cleanup - Rockfarmer 37th Ave. Site (Jackson Heights) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposal to address contamination related to Rockfarmer 37th Avenue, site ID #C241212 (Jackson Heights, Queens County), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through October 23, 2020.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C241212/

And at:

Queens Library at Jackson Heights
35-51 81st Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 899-2500

--and--

Queens Community Board 3
82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 606
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 458-2707



Saturday - 10/24
10:00 AMFive Rivers I Bird NY: MEET THE CROWS OF NEW YORK STATE
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Stop by our outdoor information table and meet the crows of New York State. Did you know this area is home to two different species of crow? Learn how to tell these two species apart, what makes crows unique, and how smart these birds really are.

Registration is limited. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, October 21 to register. If registration fills, you may be placed on a waiting list.

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households. 



 Reinstein Woods - Outdoor Skills
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

In this program, you will build an emergency shelter from natural materials and practice fire-building techniques. Ages 8+

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs; call 716-683-5959 to register for an in-person program. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • You must pre-register by phone; you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • All participants are required to wear a mask; social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced whenever possible. 
  • Reinstein Woods’ restrooms will not be available. In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled. 
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


 Reinstein Woods - Virtual Workshop Series: 2030 Club
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Unsure of steps you can take to remove fossil fuels from your lifestyle, or even why it's important? This program will help you inventory your fossil fuel use, set a goal, and make a plan to live fossil-fuel free by 2030! For more information, email 2030club@reinsteinwoods.org.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs; call 716-683-5959 to register for an in-person program. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • You must pre-register by phone; you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered.
  • All participants are required to wear a mask; social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced whenever possible. 
  • Reinstein Woods’ restrooms will not be available. In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


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