Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Saugerties: Northeast Solite of Saugerties Requests Title V Facility Permit from DEC http://ping.fm/SGw7e

Northeast Solite of Saugerties Requests Title V Facility Permit from DEC

Northeast Solite Corp
PO Box 437
Mount Marion, NY 12456 -0437
Northeast Solite Corporation
962 Old Kings Hwy
Mt Marion, NY 12456
Application ID:
Permit(s) Applied for:
Article 19 Air Title V Facility
Project is Located:
Saugerties, Ulster County

Project Description:
The Department has prepared a Draft Permit pursuant to Article 19 (Air Pollution Control) of the NYS Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments and made a tentative determination to issue a renewal for the Title V Air Facility Permit for the operation of Northeast Solite Corporation located in Mt. Marion, Ulster County. Northeast Solite Corporation is a lightweight aggregate manufacturing facility. Raw material (shale) is quarried and processed on site. The shale is heated and expanded in any of three kilns to form the lightweight aggregate. The three kilns can burn coal or no. 2 oil. Recycled aggregate from off site can also be used in the manufacturing process. For purposes of the Title V permit, the facility is divided up into five air emission units. These units include a raw material processing area, the three kilns and associated equipment, a coal processing area, a lime handling system, and a finished material processing area. The raw and finished material processing areas consist of crushers, screeners, and conveyors. Five new conveyors will be added to the finished material processing area. The following regulations are applicable to the facility: 6NYCRR Parts 200, 201, 202, 211, 212, and 225. The new conveyors will be subject to 40 CFR 60 Subpart OOO. By acceptance of this permit, the permittee agrees that the permit is contingent upon strict compliance with the ECL, all applicable regulations, the General Conditions specified and any Special Conditions included as part of this permit.
In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(9) and 201-6.4(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6NYCRR Part 201.

Persons wishing to inspect the subject Title V files, including the application with all relevant supporting materials, the draft permit, and all other materials available to the DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to this permitting decision should contact the DEC representative listed below. The Draft Permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32249.html.
DEC will evaluate the application and the comments received on it to determine whether to hold a public hearing. Comments and requests for a legislative public hearing should be in writing and addressed to the Department representative listed below. A copy of the Department's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.

Availability of Application Documents:
Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Sep 17, 2010.
Kenneth R Grzyb
NYSDEC Region 3 Headquarters
21 South Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561

Monday, August 16, 2010

Regulator or Advocator? - Small Bluestone Operations Thrive in New York State - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation http://ping.fm/mZriR

Saugerties Village Should Adopt Rock Blasting Regulations

The Village of Saugerties should adopt a similar law to Ohio's Construction BLASTING Regulations. Otherwise, Saugerties citizens are left without [even minimum] protection against damage to their property and personal injury.

The state of New York has dropped the ball on regulating construction related blasting and hydraulic hammering.  The only state department that has any jurisdiction over blasting is the Department of Labor and their focus is solely on certification and licensing, NOT oversight of individual projects.

After speaking with Mary from the NYS DEPARTMENT of LABOR in Albany, I was left with less than a warm feeling. Mary was very pleasant and professional as she tried to reassure me, stating that Maine Drilling and Blasting had a good reputation. Though no one "... really knows the condition of the rock until they start blasting..."

Ohio State 2008 ROCK BLASTING Regulations

After a short time Mary called back and stated that her department's responsibility was similar to a patrol officer with a speed gun, waiting for someone to commit an offense. So, as I had suspected NYS DEPT of LABOR does not offer any oversight of individual projects. They respond if there is an accident or serious mishap. She did give me the person in charge of Safety Assessment at Maine Drilling and Blasting: Jim Jilson (603) 647-0299 EXT: 8515
4th of July in Saugerties calls for special outfits for doggies too! http://ping.fm/GlQrw

Ah... 4th of July in Saugerties calls for special outfits for doggies too!

Saugerties Village 4th of July Parade spectator
4th of July is for pets too!

Even doggies need special outfits for Saugerties Independence Day parade. It looks like the fella on the left has his pussy cat on a leash! Or is it a rabbit? Check out the rest of the photos at 2010 4th Of July Parade in Saugerties for more views of true Americana via Hudson Valley, New York.
1976 Law exempts disclosure of toxic chemicals! http://ping.fm/zMDJO

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saugerties: A couple of silos standing on the roadside of a corn field at the Sauer Farm in Saugerties, New York. May they always be open for business, selling eggplant, zucchini, fresh eggs, melons of many varieties and beautiful flowers. http://ping.fm/Sq1E8

A couple of silos standing on the roadside of a corn field at the Sauer Farm in Saugerties, New York. May they always be open for business, selling eggplant, zucchini, fresh eggs, melons of many varieties and beautiful flowers.

Sauer Farms, a family owned and operated on Kings Highway in the town of Saugerties. The weather this past Saturday was picture perfect, just like this photo. Melissa and I picked up the sweetest cantaloupe I've tasted this summer. The Sauer family sells corn, eggplant, zucchini, string (pole) beans, milk, eggs and lots of colorful flowers. They're one of the few family-owned farms still selling to the public. Speaking for many folks in Saugerties, we wish them many more years of productivity. With the pressure to develop and rising property taxes, farms like theirs represent a quality of life that needs protection and support. So go visit Sauer Farms on Old Kings Highway and buy some farm-fresh food.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010