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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/12/2019

Announcement of Extension of Public Comment Period

Applicant:

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC
2800 Post Oak Blvd Level 17
Houston, TX 77056

Project:

Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

NYSDEC Application IDs:

2-9902-00109/00006 WQC

Permit(s) Applied for:

Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Prior Notice:

On May 29, 2019, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) issued a Notice of Complete Application: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20190529_reg2.html.

Current Notice:

This Notice serves to provide notification of the extension of the public comment period from June 13, 2019 until July 13, 2019.

Project Location:

Raritan Bay (Queens and Richmond County)

Project Description:

The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE Project) is a 26-inch diameter pipeline proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco) that would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, travelling underwater in the Raritan Bay and Lower New York Bay to approximately three miles offshore of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens Borough. Approximately 23.5 miles of underwater pipeline will be installed, of which approximately 17.4 miles would be in New York State waters. The NESE Project would connect to the existing Rockaway Delivery Lateral in Queens, and would provide 400,000 dekatherms per day of incremental capacity to National Grid to serve customers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. According to Transco, the project is intended to support reliability as well as help displace the use of oil.

The NESE Project would be installed a minimum of 4 feet below the sea floor through a combination of jet trenching, clamshell dredging and horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Construction would be phased to avoid potential impacts to marine species. If permits are ultimately issued, sufficient mitigation would be required to offset unavoidable impacts, including to benthic resources such as shellfish.

Water Quality Certification (WQC) Application:

In accordance with Clean Water Act Section 401, prior to commencing construction, applicants seeking a federal license or permit for activities that may result in a discharge to navigable waters must obtain a WQC from NYS DEC indicating that the proposed activity will comply with State water quality standards.

On May 17, 2019, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC submitted a new WQC application following NYS DEC's Notice of Denial that was issued on May 15, 2019 for the prior WQC application submitted on May 16, 2018. The new WQC application responded to NYS DEC's Notice of Denial and included by reference the prior WQC application.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and NYS DEC draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person. The documents are also available at: http://northeastsupplyenhancement.com/ and:

Bay Ridge Public Library
7223 Ridge Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: (718) 748-5709

St. George Library Center
5 Central Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (718) 442-8560

Queens Library at Seaside
116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Determination:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead agency for the environmental review of interstate natural gas pipelines under the federal Natural Gas Act. FERC staff prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), dated January 25, 2019 for the NESE Project, Docket No. CP17-101, pursuant to NEPA. The FERC FEIS can be viewed and downloaded at: https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/docket_search.asp by entering the Docket No. and the date of the FEIS in the search boxes.

The federal environmental review process conducted by FERC pursuant to NEPA takes the place of an environmental review conducted under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. NYS DEC evaluates the FERC NEPA documents and the permit applications submitted by applicants to NYS DEC to ultimately make a determination regarding issuance of NYS DEC authorizations.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

This project is not subject to SEQR (federally preempted) and therefore is treated as if it was a Type II action.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation laws (Section 106 of NHPA) and the project area of potential impact is substantially the same.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

NYSDEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29):

It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Statutory and Regulatory Provisions:

The above referenced applications were filed and reviewed pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 3, Title 3 (General Functions, Powers, Duties and Jurisdiction), and Article 70 (Uniform Procedures Act or UPA); and pursuant to Title 6 of Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) Part 621- Uniform Procedures. The relevant regulations are found at: Part 608 (Protection of Waters) and Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 USCA 1341).

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Written comments submitted to NYS DEC during this comment period are considered part of the record. At the conclusion of the public comment period NYS DEC will determine pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8 whether substantive or significant issues have been raised in the public comments to warrant an Adjudicatory Hearing. If no issues are raised to warrant further adjudication, NYS DEC will proceed to a final permit determination, either denying the permit(s) or issuing the permit(s), which may include developing a response to comments.

Individuals and parties may file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed below or may submit comments electronically at NESEproject@dec.ny.gov.

The public comment period has been extended by 30 days. All written filed comments and electronically submitted comments must be received no later than July 13, 2019.

Additional information on the NESE Project is available on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html.

Contact:

Karen Gaidasz
NYSDEC - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1750
Phone: (518) 402-9167
Fax: (518) 402-9168


Notice of Public Comment Period

Project Title:

2019 Wards Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Main Sewage Pump Modification to Order on Consent between the City of New York and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), DEC Case # CO2-20110512-25, a.k.a. NYC CSO Order.

Counties: New York (Manhattan), Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Bronx (Bronx) and Queens

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Brief Description:

The NYC CSO Order was executed between the NYS DEC and NYC DEP in 2005 and was modified in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The NYC CSO Order includes various milestones and projects associated with abatement of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) within New York City. Pursuant to Paragraphs XVI.A and D.3 of the 2005 CSO Order, the NYS DEC is required to publicly notice "[i]n the event of a substantive and significant modification to the construction compliance schedules provided for in this Order." The 2019 Wards Island WWTP Main Sewage Pump Modification to the NYC CSO Order consists of change to the following Appendix A milestone:

Consent Order, Appendix A Current Milestone Date New Milestone Date
XIV. Wards Island WWTP Headworks Wet Weather Improvements, A. Reconstruction of Main Sewage Pumps, 2. Construction Completion for MSP replacement at Wards Island WWTP December 2017 August 14, 2019

Under milestone XIV.A, the NYC DEP is required to install six new main sewage pumps (MSPs) at the Wards Island WWTP. During construction of this project in 2016 and 2017, NYC DEP encountered unanticipated problems with installation of the MSPs, in particular, the need to custom fabricate spool pieces. These problems resulted in delays in installation of the MSPs. The NYC DEP provided information on the delays in a modification request and force majeure notification. The NYS DEC reviewed documentation associated with the delays and determined that an extension to the milestone of 591 days was warranted and new milestone date is August 14, 2019.

Document Availability: Hard copies of the 2005 CSO Order and approved modifications are available for public review at the following offices of the NYS DEC and NYC DEP:

Edward Hampston
NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Compliance
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3506.

Robert Elburn
NYS DEC - Region 2, Division of Water
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101.

Julia Bourdier
NYC DEP - Bureau of Legal Affairs
59-17 Junction Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11373
Phone: (718) 595-6555.

Public Comment Period: The 30 day comment period commences on June 12, 2019 and concludes on July 12, 2019. See NYS DEC contact person below.

NYS DEC Contact Person: Edward Hampston, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Compliance, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-9660, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: edward.hampston@dec.ny.gov.


Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application, Remedial Investigation Report and Draft Remedial Action Work Plan from Bayard Holdings LLC for a site known as 146 Bayard, site ID #C224294. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn within the County of Kings and is located at 146 Bayard Street.

A copy of the application, Remedial Investigation Report, Draft Remedial Action Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard Street Branch, 81 Devoe Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 and the Brooklyn Community Board 1, 435 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Christopher Allan, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5401, Phone: (718) 482-4065, E-mail: cristopher.allan@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by July 27, 2019.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html.

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD) , as lead agency, has determined that the proposed DeKalb Commons may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on July 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work will be accepted by the lead agency until the close of business on July 26, 2019. The Draft Scope is available from Callista Nazaire, NYC HPD - Division of Building and Land Development Services. Environmental Planning Unit, 100 Gold Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10038 and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/developers/environmental-review.page.

The action involves an application by NYC HPD, on behalf of the project sponsor, the DeKalb Commons NY Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) for approval of several discretionary actions intended to facilitate the construction of eight City-owned lots located at 633-639 DeKalb Avenue (Development Site 1), 648-654 DeKalb Avenue (Development Site 2), and 1187 Fulton Street (Development Site 3) in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 3, New York (Development Sites).

Contact: Callista Nazaire, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-7826, E-mail: nazairec@hpd.nyc.gov.


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