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New York State Implementation Plan for Onondaga County - Summary Report, December 23, 2003

Summary Report, December 23, 2003

ALBANY, NEW YORK 12233-1550

In the Matter

- of -

Revision of the New York State Implementation Plan
for Carbon Monoxide; Onondaga County;
Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan for 2003 - 2015

- by -

Kevin J. Casutto
Administrative Law Judge
December 23, 2003


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the Department), Division of Air Resources (DAR) scheduled a public comment hearing on the proposed revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP): a maintenance demonstration of the Carbon Monoxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards (CO-NAAQS) in Onondaga County for the years 2003 through 2015; and inclusion of 6 NYCRR Subpart 217-1, Motor Vehicle Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Program Requirements, in the SIP.

On November 5, 2003, notice of the public hearing appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard, the New York State Register and the Environmental Notice Bulletin.

DAR requested the services of a Departmental Administrative Law Judge to preside at the public comment hearing held in the Syracuse, New York. Prior to the hearing, the DAR Staff provided the ALJ with a complete copy of the Department's proposed SIP revision, a copy of the Syracuse Post-Standard, State Register and ENB notices of proposed SIP revision published on November 5, 2003 and an affidavit of publication for the legal advertising in the newspaper identified herein above. These documents were made available for public review during the legislative hearing and are deemed incorporated into the hearing record. Additionally, these documents could be obtained for review during the public comment period at the DEC Central Office and at the DEC Region 7 Office.

Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and 6 NYCRR Part 617, the Department Staff has prepared a Negative Declaration stating that the proposed action will not have a significant effect upon the environment.

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Kevin J. Casutto conducted the hearing on December 10, 2003 at 1:00 p.m., at the Department's Region 7 Hearing Room, 615 Erie Boulevard, Syracuse, New York and has provided this summary report of the public comment hearing. Speaking for DAR Staff at the hearing was Steven Botsford, Professional Engineer. Mr. Botsford explained that in developing the proposed revision, the Department examined the air quality data generated by the CO ambient air quality monitor located within the City of Syracuse, and developed estimates of future year carbon monoxide emissions from all sources within Onondaga County. The data from the monitor show that the ambient concentrations of carbon monoxide are well below the federal NAAQS for CO, and that there have been no exceedances of those federal standards since 1991. The standards are 35 parts per million for any one hour, and 9 parts per million for any eight hour period. The emission estimates show CO emissions will decrease during the time specified by the maintenance plan (i.e., 2003 - 2015). Based upon these two facts, the Department has determined that the CO control programs currently in place, most notably the California Low Emission Vehicle Program, the Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program and New York's Transportation Conformity Program, including the local transportation control measures listed in the proposed maintenance plan, will be sufficient to ensure that the CO ambient concentrations in Onondaga County remain below the federal standards.

No person appeared to provide a public comment on this SIP revision. As set forth in the public comment hearing notice, interested members of the public were provided an opportunity to file written comments directly with the DAR. Such written comments were required to be received by DAR Staff by close of business on December 10, 2003.

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