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6 NYCRR Part 570 - Regulation of Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities

Effective February 26, 2015

DEC adopted 6 NYCRR Part 570 which establishes a permitting program for the safe siting, construction, and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in New York State as required by Article 23, Title 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law. LNG facilities are those that either store LNG in a tank system or convert LNG into natural gas through vaporization. Part 570 also addresses the transportation of LNG including the statutory requirement that intrastate transportation occur only along approved routes. The Notice of Adoption was filed with the New York State Department of State on January 27, 2015; Part 570 is effective February 26, 2015.

Public Comments Received

On September 11, 2013, DEC proposed the addition of Part 570 to Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) and solicited public comment. Three public information meetings and one public hearing were held for the initial proposed rulemaking; the comment period ended December 4, 2013. Approximately 57,000 submittals were received, representing over 131,000 individual comments with 195 unique comments identified. DEC evaluated all comments received and prepared an Assessment of Public Comment. In response to comments received, DEC made a substantial revision to 6 NYCRR Part 570 and a Notice of Revised Rule Making was published in the State Register on November 12, 2014. DEC established an additional public comment period which ended December 12, 2014. The substantial revision establishes an upper limit of 70,000 gallons on the amount of LNG that a facility is permitted to store. This is a conservative approach that recognizes the different requirements for large tanks/facilities included in the National Fire Protection Association standards on this subject. As DEC gains experience with permitting LNG facilities, DEC may reconsider the capacity limit in subsequent revisions to Part 570. DEC also made several minor changes to Part 570 that reflect public comments.

Regulations and Supporting Documents

LNG Facility Program, Permit Application, and Instructions

DEC has prepared guidance about the LNG Facility Program and how to apply for a permit to construct and operate an LNG facility, see:

Prospective applicants should not submit a Part 570 permit application before reviewing this guidance.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards

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