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ENB Region 2 Notices 2/3/2021

Notice of Public Comment Hearing and Public Comment Period

Applicant:

The Brooklyn Union Gas Company
1 Metrotech Ctr
Brooklyn, NY 11201 -3831

Facility:

Greenpoint Energy Ctr
287 Maspeth Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

NYSDEC Application ID Numbers:

2-6101-00071/00024

Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue an Air State Facility (ASF) permit to The Brooklyn Union Gas Company (doing business as National Grid) for the operation of their existing permitted Air Title V (ATV) facility, Greenpoint Energy Center (Facility), located at 287 Maspeth Avenue in Brooklyn.

The Facility's current actual emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) are below the Title V major source threshold of 25 tons per year. Therefore, this application proposes to downgrade the current ATV to an ASF Permit by capping facility-wide NOx emissions to 24.9 tons per year. The Title V permit (DEC ID: 2-6101-00071/00022) will be relinquished and discontinued upon ASF issuance.

With this application, the Facility also proposes to install: two (2) new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) injection heaters, each equipped with two (2) 4.0 MMBtu/hr burners for a total of 4 burners with total capacity of 16 MMBtu/hr; and two (2) new 42.76 MMBtu/hr vaporizers be used to vaporize liquid natural gas (LNG).

The Facility currently operates three (3) 300 KW natural gas-fired engine-generators to supply electricity for LNG related equipment, two (2) 195 bhp natural gas-fired engine driven compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling compressors, and one manual paint coating line; all of which will remain unchanged. The Facility also operates several small natural gas-fired boilers and air conditioners used for comfort heating or cooling and potable hot water, all of which qualify as exempt or trivial sources under 6 NYCRR Part 201.

With this application, the two new CNG heaters will supplement natural gas supply by injecting CNG delivered by trucks as needed during periods of peak demand. Each burner will exhaust through individual stack for a total of four (4) new stacks. The two new vaporizers will exhaust through individual stacks and are proposed to meet the increased demand for natural gas and increase the Facility's send out capacity. As per the terms of the draft permit, facility-wide NOx emissions are capped at 24.9 tons per year, including exempt and trivial activity sources. Records demonstrating compliance with this cap will be kept in accordance with the permit specific conditions.

The Facility is subject to the provisions of State Facility requirements specified under 6 NYCRR 201-7. The Air State Facility permit contains a listing of the applicable federal, State, and compliance monitoring requirements for the facility.

State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA):

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

Notice Of Complete Application:

NYS DEC issued a Notice of Complete Application on November 10, 2020.

Additional Regulatory Provisions:
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity.

Coastal Zone Management:

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

Document Availability:

The draft permit is available for public review on the internet at the following website:
NYS DEC Website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/121927.html OR at: greenpointenergycenter.com

Hard Copies of these documents can also be requested from National Grid by contacting National Grid at airpermit@greenpointenergycenter.com or telephone 718-749-9539 or

Legislative Public Comment Hearing:

A legislative public comment hearing on the draft permit will be held before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Molly T. McBride to receive unsworn statements from the public at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday March 10, 2021 through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform. All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies that may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the legislative public comment hearing and to submit oral comments on the draft permit. Instructions on the how to "join" the hearing and provide an oral statement may be accessed at the NYSDEC webpage https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/122278.html. Persons who wish to receive the instructions by mail or telephone may call the NYS DEC at (518) 402-9003. Please provide your first and last name, address, and telephone number and reference the National Grid Greenpoint Energy Center public comment hearing.

The ALJ may restrict the time available for oral comments to three (3) minutes for each person, to ensure that all persons will have an opportunity to be heard. It is recommended that lengthy comments be summarized for oral presentation and submitted in writing as indicated below. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written comments.

Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, and language interpreter services for individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ identified above, at least ten (10) business days prior to the hearing. The written request must be addressed to ALJ Molly 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

Written Public Comments:

All interested parties may submit written comment concerning the draft permit to the NYS DEC Contact Person listed below by March 17, 2021. Comments sent by regular mail must be postmarked no later than March 17, 2021. E-mail comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on that date.

NYS DEC Contact Person:

Caitlyn P. Nichols
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 482-4997
E-mail: DEP.R2@dec.ny.gov


Negative Declaration

Queens County - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed JA-179: Standby Generators at Jamaica Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the NYC DEP to provide new generators at the Jamaica Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility for standby power, in order to have adequate standby power to provide for pumping, primary treatment, and disinfection for two times design dry weather flow during utility failures. The project is located at 150-20 134th Street in the borough of Queens, New York.

Contact: Rayn Riel, NYS DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Queens, NY 11373, E-mail: rriel@dep.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Acme Fish Expansion. A virtual public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on February 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. visit nyc.gov/engage for more information on how to join the meeting. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until March 1, 2021. The Draft EIS is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271 and on line at: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/env-review/acme-fish.page.

The action involves a request by the applicant RP Inlet, LLC (Applicant) for two discretionary actions to facilitate a mixed-use development totaling approximately 654,300 gross square foot of commercial/ manufacturing uses (Proposed Development) on the block bounded by Banker Street to the east, Wythe Avenue to the south, Gem Street and North 15th Street to the west, and Meserole Avenue to the north (Development Site), in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 1, New York. The Applicant seeks a zoning map amendment from M3-1 to M1-5, and a Large-Scale General Development special permit pursuant to Section 74-743(a)(2) of the Zoning Resolution (ZR) to allow the Proposed Development to penetrate the required sky exposure plane and the required initial setback distance, contrary to ZR 43-43 (the Proposed Actions). The Applicant may also seek discretionary tax incentives from the New York City Industrial Development Agency. The Proposed Development would include a new and improved approximately 109,300 gross square foot Acme Smoked Fish processing facility and approximately 545,000 gross square foot of commercial office and retail space plus 150 off-street accessory parking space.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


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