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Environment Committee Update

January 31, 2011
Staff contact: Darren Suzarez

Business Council Environment Committee to Meet with Clean Water Collaborative 

The next meeting of The Business Council’s Environment Committee will be Tuesday February 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at our office at 12 Corporate Woods Blvd. in Albany. Mathew Driscoll, President & CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and Sandra Allen, Director of the Clean Water Collaborative will discuss water infrastructure initiatives in New York. The Collaborative was created in 2008 to raise awareness about New York’s water infrastructure needs and to devise a plan to increase federal funding for water projects. The Business Council serves on the Collaborative.

If you plan on attending, please register here or contact Beyonna.belton@bcnys.org.   In addition to the Collaborative presentation, we will be discussing the 2011 budget and other legislative issues.

New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report

Comments due Monday February 7.
http://nyclimatechange.us/InterimReport.cfm

DEC Files Part 231 revisions with the Department of State as an Emergency Rulemaking

http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/71430.html

Adopted December 29, 2010 this rule incorporates the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) May 16, 2008 and October 20, 2010 NSR final rules for the regulation of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers (PM-2.5) and incorporates conforming provisions to EPA's June 3, 2010 NSR final rule for the regulation of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) under its PSD and Title V programs, also known as the "GHG Tailoring Rule."

DEC Environmental Assessment Forms

The Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing amendments to its Environmental Assessment Forms, which are used in determining potential environmental significance under the state’s environmental quality review act (SEQRA), to require consideration of factors such as environmental justices, energy efficiency/climate change, “smart growth,” pollution prevention and other “emerging environmental issues.”  The Business Council’s Environment Committee will be reviewing and commenting on this proposal. Comments on the Full and Short EAF and supporting documents will be accepted by NYS DEC until close of business, February 18, 2011.