July 10, 2006
Council seeks members' comments on proposed revisions to key environmental regulations
The Business Council is asking members for input on revised amendments to state regulations governing the state's Superfund and brownfield redevelopment programs that have been published by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
DEC has scheduled a series of meetings and hearings to solicit public comments on the changes. The Council will submit detailed comments on the revised proposal, said Ken Pokalsky, director of environmental and economic development programs.
The DEC's initial rulemaking was published in November 2005, with a comment period that ran through the end of March 2006. The Business Council filed extensive comments on the initial rulemaking last March. This new round of public comment is required because DEC has made significant changes to the initial draft.
The DEC's public comment period on these proposals is:
- Until Friday, August 25, 2006 on Subparts 375-1 through 375-4
and Subpart 375-6, and the draft environmental impact statement.
- Until Tuesday, September 5, 2006 on Subpart 375-5, which contains the newly proposed "remediation stipulation program." This is, in effect, a new "voluntary cleanup program" that would provide for state oversight of cleanups on sites that are not entered into, or would not qualify for, the statutory brownfield program, Pokalsky said.
DEC has also scheduled public information meetings on this revised rulemaking at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo, and at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
DEC has also scheduled two public hearings:
- At 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, on proposed revisions to draft
Subparts 375-1 through 375-4 and Subpart 375-6. That hearing will
take place at DEC headquarters at 625 Broadway in Albany.
- At 2 p.m. Thursday, August 31, to comment on draft Subpart 375-5. That hearing will also take place at DEC headquarters at 625 Broadway in Albany.
The revised proposal and related material are available www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/superfund/.