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ENB Region 2 Notices 7/21/2021

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Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application, Draft Interim Remedial Measures Work Plan and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Go Covenant LLC for a site known as 550 Tenth Avenue Filling Station Site, site ID #C231148. This site is located in the Borough of Manhattan in the County of New York, and is located at 50 10th Avenue a/k/a 554 10th Avenue.

Access the application, work plans and other relevant documents online through the DECinfo Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C231148/. The documents will also be available at the document repository once reopened, located at New York Public Library-Columbus Branch, 742 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019 and Manhattan Community Board No. 4, 330 West 42nd Street, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications and work plans. Comments can be submitted to: Steven Wu, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5401, Phone: (718) 482-6725, E-mail: steven.wu@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by August 20, 2021.

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.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from One45 Lenox LLC for a site known as 691 Lenox Avenue - Phase 2, site ID #C231146. This site is located in the Borough of Manhattan, within the County of New York, and is located at 691 Lenox Avenue.

Access the application and other relevant documents online through the DECinfo Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C231146/. The documents also are available at the document repository located at the Countee Cullen Library, 104 West 136th Street, New York, NY 10030; and at the Manhattan Community Board 10, 215 West 125th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10027.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Manfred Magloire, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101m Phone: (718) 482-4078, E-mail: manfred.magloire@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by August 20, 2021.

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.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from One45 Lenox LLC for a site known as 691 Lenox Avenue - Phase 1, site ID #C231145. This site is located in the Borough of Manhattan, within the County of New York, and is located at 691 Lenox Avenue.

Access the application and other relevant documents online through the DECinfo Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C231145/. The documents also are available at the document repository located at the Countee Cullen Library, 104 West 136th Street, New York, NY 10030; and at the Manhattan Community Board 10, 215 West 125th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10027.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Manfred Magloire, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101m Phone: (718) 482-4078, E-mail: manfred.magloire@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by August 20, 2021.

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.


Notice of Public Comment Hearing

Applicant:

Astoria Gas Turbine Power LLC
31-01 20th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105

Facility:

Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project
31-01 20th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105

Permit(s) Applied for (Application Number):

Article 19 Air Title V Facility (2-6301-00191/00003)
Article 19 Title IV (Phase II Acid Rain) (2-6301-00191/00024)
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES - Surface Discharge - (2-6301-00191/00014)
Article 15 Title 15 Water Withdrawal (2-6301-00191/00026)

Prior Notice:

On June 30, 2021 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) issued a Notice of Complete Application: https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20210630_reg2.html#263010019100014 and a Combined Notice of Complete Application and Determination to Hold a Public Hearing: https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20210630_not2.html

Current Notice:

This Notice serves to provide the public notification that the NYS DEC will hold public comment hearings on August 24 and 26, 2021 as described below.

Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), and applications for draft Title IV and Title V air permits, draft Industrial SPDES permit modification and water withdrawal for the proposed Astoria Replacement Project (Replacement Project), are complete for the purposes of public review and comment. The existing Facility currently consists of 31 older, peaking-only gas and oil-fired CTs including 24 Pratt & Whitney (P&W) turbines and seven retired Westinghouse turbines, with a combined nameplate rating of 646 MWe (502 MWe not including the retired Westinghouse turbines). The proposed Replacement Project, as modified, will replace the nearly 50-year-old P&W and Westinghouse turbines at the Facility with a new state-of-the art simple cycle dual-fuel peaking CTG. The proposed Replacement Project will include a new CTG which will be a highly efficient, quick start, fast-ramping, General Electric (GE) H-Class 7HA.03 or equivalent unit that has a nominal generator output of approximately 437 MWe. The new CTG will fire natural gas as the primary fuel with limited ultra-low sulfur distillate (ULSD) liquid fuel for backup. The proposed Replacement Project will also include a ULSD-fired emergency generator, and two ULSD-fired emergency fire water pumps. All of the existing units, with the exception of one P&W Twin Pac (consisting of two combustion turbines and a single generator), will be permanently shut down once the proposed Replacement Project has completed its shakedown period. The two remaining P&W turbines will remain operational to make the site black-start capable until replaced by an approximately 24 MWe battery energy storage system. The P&W Twin Pac uses natural gas as its primary fuel with ultra-low sulfur kerosene (ULSK) as backup. Make up water will be sourced from existing connections to the New York City water supply. No water will be withdrawn from the East River. Construction will require dewatering of the project site. The dewatering will involve the withdrawal of approximately 0.7 MGD of groundwater. The groundwater will be treated and ultimately discharged via existing outfall 001.

Written Comments:

All written comments concerning the draft air permits must be submitted to the NYS DEC Contact Person listed below by August 29, 2021. Comments sent by regular mail must be postmarked no later than August 29, 2021. E-mail and Fax comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EDT), August 29, 2021. All written comments regarding the permit applications, proposed draft permits, fact sheets and SDEIS submitted by e-mail should be sent to: comment.nrgastoriagas@dec.ny.gov.

All public comments on these permits will be reviewed by NYS DEC Staff to determine whether they raise substantive and significant issues that warrant further review through adjudication. Specific comments must be supported by full documentation and references should be limited to readily available information.

Public Comment Hearings:

In-Person Public Comment Hearings:

In-person public comment hearing sessions to receive unsworn statements from the public on the applications and the draft permits, and the SDEIS, will be held before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Daniel P. O'Connell at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on August 26, 2021 at the Variety Boys and Girls Club, 21-12 30th Road, Long Island City, NY 11102.

Please take notice, that consistent with the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or socially distance during the hearing sessions. Unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status individuals need to maintain six feet of social distance and need to wear masks, in accordance with the federal CDC guidelines.

Virtual Public Comment Hearings:

In addition to the in-person hearing sessions, virtual public comment hearing sessions will be conducted electronically before ALJ McBride through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform. The virtual sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on August 24, 2021. Instructions for attending and providing oral statements at the virtual public comment hearing sessions may be accessed at the NYS DEC's website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html. Persons who wish to receive the instructions by mail or telephone may contact the NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services by telephone at (518) 402-9003 or by email to ohms@dec.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and telephone number and reference the Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project public comment hearing.

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the public comment hearings and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to speak at both the virtual and in-person hearing sessions, as equal weight is given to statements made in each forum.

Persons who wish to speak at an in-person hearing session are encouraged to pre-register by 10:00 a.m. on August 25, 2021. To pre-register, contact the NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Service by telephone at (518) 402-9003, or by email at ohms@dec.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and telephone number, reference the Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project public comment hearing, and indicate the session you wish to speak at. Instructions for registering to speak at a virtual hearing session may be accessed as indicated above.

Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. The hearing locations are fully accessible to persons with mobility impairment. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, and translator services shall be made available to persons with limited English proficiency, at no charge for either service, upon written request to the ALJ at least 10 days prior to the hearing. Requests should be submitted to ALJ Molly T. McBride, NYS DEC - Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1550 or by e-mail to ohms@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Christopher Hogan, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750 , Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168, E-mail: comment.nrgastoriagas@dec.ny.gov


Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New Addition to Primary School (PS) 108 Bronx will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On behalf of the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA) proposes the construction of a 600 seat addition to Public School (P.S.) 108 (X108), located at 1166 Neill Avenue in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. The four-story addition will occupy a portion of Block 4275, Lot 1, which is currently a play area for the existing school. The one-story Transportable Classroom Unit (TCU) will be removed as part of the project, and an approximately 32,600 square foot play area will be constructed in its place. An Early Childhood Center (ECC) play area (approximately 3,300 square foot) will be constructed on the southern portion of the site

Contact: Kelly Murphy. New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 472-8307, E-mail: kmurphy@nycsca.org.


Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New Addition to Primary Schools (PS) 195/196 Bronx will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On behalf of the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA) proposes the design and construction of a 608-seat addition to Public School (P.S.) 195 and P.S. 196 (two schools organizations co-located in the same building) located at 1250 Ward Avenue in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. The project would involve the construction of an approximately 83,000 gross square foot addition. The five-story addition would occupy the northern portion of the project site which is currently occupied by a one-story mini-building that will be removed as part of the proposed project. A renovated, 29,000-square foot play area will be constructed in place of the demolished mini-building. An Early Childhood Center (ECC) play area would be constructed on the rooftop of the one-story portion of the addition. It is anticipated that the new addition will be open for student occupancy in September 2024.

Contact: Kelly Murphy. New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 472-8307, E-mail: kmurphy@nycsca.org.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New Annex to Primary School (PS) 85 Queens will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On behalf of the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA) proposes to construct a new, approximately 476 seat annex to P.S. 85Q to be located at 23-35 29th Street in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York. The project involves the construction of an approximately 66,850 gross square foot annex to P.S. 85Q. The four-story annex will occupy the northern portion of the site, which is currently occupied by four transportable classroom units(TCUs) and the existing school playground. The TCUs will be removed as part of the proposed project and a new playground
will be constructed south of the annex on the same lot. It is anticipated that the annex will be open for student occupancy in September 2024.

Contact: Kelly Murphy. New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 472-8307, E-mail: kmurphy@nycsca.org.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New Addition to Primary Schools (PS) Q41 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On behalf of the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA) proposes the design and construction of an approximately 488 seat addition to Public School (P.S.) Q41, the Crocheron School in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, New York. The proposed new building will be located at 34-06 214th Lane. The proposed three-story school addition will be approximately 53,645 gross square foot. It is anticipated that the new addition will be open for student occupancy in September 2024.

Contact: Kelly Murphy. New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 472-8307, E-mail: kmurphy@nycsca.org.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 160-05 Archer Avenue - SDJD Curb Cut Authorization will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Archer 1 LLC, for a zoning text amendment and authorization related to the curb cut location requirements of the Special Downtown Jamaica District (SDJD) (proposed actions) to facilitate development at 160-05 Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, New York, (Block 10101, Lot 150) (development site). The development site is a corner lot bordered by Archer Avenue and 160th Street and is currently undergoing construction with a new, as-of-right, 22 story mixed use development with ground floor retail and 315 market rate dwelling units (the proposed project). The Applicant is seeking to include a loading berth for commercial tenant loading/unloading and residential move-ins/move-outs. However, there is no space along 160th Street for a curb cut to serve the loading berth, and curb cuts are currently prohibited along Archer Avenue (Zoning Resolution (ZR) Sec. 115-52). The proposed actions would create a new authorization (ZR Sec. 115-53) which would allow the New York City Planning Commission to authorize curb cuts prohibited by ZR Sec. 115-52, provided that the curb cut meets certain findings related to traffic and pedestrian circulation, congestion, safety, and streetscape character.

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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