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Parts 700-706 (6 NYCRR) - Hearing Report, November 20, 1997

Hearing Report, November 20, 1997


In the Matter

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the Proposed Amendments to Title 6 of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) Parts 700 through 706

Summary Hearing Report


A legislative (public) hearing in the captioned matter was held on September 29, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. in the William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, New York. The record was closed on October 6, 1997 which was the last date for submission of written comments.

Notice of the hearing was published on August 13, 1997 in both the Department's Environmental Notice Bulletin and the New York State Register. That notice was also published in the following newspapers on August 20, 1997 and August 27, 1997:

Newspaper Place of Publication
The Daily Freeman Kingston, New York
The Daily Gazette Schenectady, New York
Poughkeepsie Journal Poughkeepsie, New York
Watertown Daily Times Watertown, New York
Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin Town of Vestal, New York
Newsday Suffolk County, New York
Albany Times Union Town of Colonie, New York
The Post-Star Glens Falls, New York
The Post-Journal Jamestown, New York
Olean Times Herald Olean, New York
New York Post New York, New York
The Daily Item Port Chester, New York
The Daily Times Mamaroneck, New York
The Standard-Star New Rochelle, New York
The Daily Argus Mount Vernon, New York
The Herald Statesman Yonkers, New York
The Daily News Tarrytown, New York
The Reporter Dispatch Central Edition
Rockland Journal-News Nyack, New York
The Reporter Dispatch Putnam Edition
Herald-Journal Syracuse, New York
The Buffalo News Buffalo, New York
Democrat & Chronicle Rochester, New York
The Times Herald-Record Middletown, New York
Star-Gazette Elmira, New York
The Daily Star Oneonta, New York
The Press-Republican Plattsburgh, New York
The Ithaca Journal Ithaca, New York
Observer-Dispatch Utica, New York
The Citizen Register Ossining, New York

The only speaker at the hearing was John Zambrano, P.E., Chief, Standards and Special Studies Section of the Department's Division of Water.

Mr. Zambrano stated that Section 303(c) of the federal Clean Water Act requires the states to review their surface water standards every three years, that Section 118(c)(2)(c) contains specific requirements for States that border the Great Lakes, and that Section 17-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law directs adoption of standards to protect New York State waters.

Mr. Zambrano also stated that the Department believes the revised regulations will have a favorable impact on the environment by cutting the discharge of toxic substances, especially those that bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms that may adversely affect human and wildlife consumers.

The significant economic impact of the revised regulations concerns, said Mr. Zambrano, the trackdown and abatement of the sources of the major pollutants.

Lastly, Mr. Zambrano said the DEC expects to propose shortly a technical amendment to Part 703. This technical amendment concerns a portion of the existing regulations that was unintentionally omitted from the amendments proposed on August 13, 1997. The omitted regulations are the groundwater effluent limitations for dissolved solids and nitrogen that apply in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. The technical amendment retains these groundwater effluent limitations.

John H. Owen
Administrative Law Judge

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