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ENB Region 2 Notices 8/11/2021

Amended Notice of Public Comment Hearing

Applicant:

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

Facility:

Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project
31-01 20th Avenue
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 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 amended Notice serves to provide the public with updated notification about the public comment hearings scheduled for 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 September 13, 2021 (15 day extension). Comments sent by regular mail must be postmarked no later than September 13, 2021. E-mail and Fax comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EDT), September 13, 2021. All written comments regarding the permit applications, proposed draft permits, fact sheets and SDEIS submitted by email 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:

All previously scheduled in-person public comment hearings have been cancelled due to changes in guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, and the City of New York: The in-person public comment hearing sessions scheduled for August 26, 2021 will be changed to virtual hearing sessions at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to receive unsworn statements from the public on the applications and the draft permits, and the SDEIS. Instructions to participate in the virtual hearing sessions on August 26, 2021 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 NYSDEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services by telephone at (518) 402-9003 or by e-mail 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 all hearing sessions, as equal weight is given to statements made at each session.

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. 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 Daniel P. O'Connell, NYSDEC, Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1550 or by email to ohms@dec.ny.gov.

Contact:

Christopher Hogan
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-1750
Voice: (518) 402-9167
Fax: (518) 402-9168
E-mail: comment.nrgastoriagas@dec.ny.gov


Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from East 182 Street Associates, LLC for a site known as Mapes East 182 Street Site, site ID #C203149. This site is located in the Belmont section of the Borough of Bronx within the County of Bronx, and is located at 820 East 182nd Street.

Access the application and other relevant documents online through the DECinfo Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C203149/. The documents will also be available at the document repository once reopened, located at Bronx Community Board District 6, 1932 Arthur Avenue, Room 403-A, Bronx, NY 10457 and the New York Public Library-West Farms Library Branch, 2085 Honeywell Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Rafi Alamm NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-8606, E-mail: rafi.alam@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by September 10, 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.


Pursuant to Section 30-a of the Public Lands Law, the New York State Office of General Services hereby gives notice to the following:

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Office of People with Development Disabilities has declared 1471 Teller Avenue in the Borough and County of Bronx, City of New York, New York State, improved with a two-story building, with tax identifier Block 2784, Lot 56, surplus, no longer useful or necessary for State program purposes, and has abandoned the property to the Commissioner of General Services for sale or other disposition as Unappropriated State Land.

For further information, please contact:

Frank Pallante
NYS OGS - Legal Services
36th Floor, Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
Phone: (518) 474-8831
E-mail: Frank.Pallante@ogs.ny.gov


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