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St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC
2450 Ridge Road West, Suite 304 Rochester, New York 14626

Application to the Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board for Site Plan Approval and Determination of Use to Construct a Wind Energy Facility
November 2006

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. St. Lawrence Wind Farm
Sf. Lawrence Windpower, LLC
2450 Ridge Road West, Suite 304 Rochester, New York 14626

November 7,2006

The Honorable Richard Edsall Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board 1964 NYS Route 680 Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Re:

Application for Site Plan Approval and Determination of Use to Construct a Wind Energy Facility within the Agricultural Residential District

Dear Chairman Edsall: SL Lawrence Windpower, LLC ("SLW") is proposing to develop a wind energy facility within the Towns of Cape Vincent and Lyme. As proposed, the wind turbines would be wholly located within the Agricultural Residential district of Cape Vincent and part of the electric interconnection line would be located within the Agricultural and Rural Residence district in Lyme. SLW requests that the Town find that the Wind Energy Facility is permitted as a site plan use within the Agricultural Residential district. As currently proposed, the project will be comprised of 97 suitable wind turbine locations with an approximate capacity of 136 megawatts. In addition to wind turbines, the project will require the installation of supporting infrastructure including an underground electrical collection system, substation, access roads, meteorological towers, and an operations and maintenance building. The project will interconnect to the bulk transmission grid by way of an approximate 9 mile long transmission line having a capacity of up to liS kilovolts. This transmission line will extend from the project substation to the Lyme substation, located in the town of Lyme, where it will connect to an existing 115 kilovolt electric transmission line. Construction is expected to begin in May 2008 and be completed in December 2008. During construction, SL W will create temporary work areas throughout the project site for storage and staging of construction equipment and materials.

St. Lawrence Windpower, facility.

LLC application

to the Town of Cape Vincent

Planning

Board to construct

and operate a wind energy

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Materials included in this package: • Town of Cape Vincent Site Plan Application o Part A Project Description o Part B Full Environmental Assessment Water and Septic Statement Drawing showing project location within the Agricultural An Application Fee of $150 (new construction Residential District

Form, Parts 1 and 2

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greater than $50,000)

Materials to be submitted at a later date: • • Agricultural Data Statement

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A detailed Site Plan Drawing comprising the following: o Name of project, name and address of applicant and person responsible for preparing the site plan drawing. o Date, Northpoint, written and graphic scale. o Boundaries of the project site drawn to scale, including distances, bearings, and areas. o Location and ownership of all adjacent lands as shown on the latest tax records. o Location, name, width, and right-of-way of adjacent roads. o Location, width, and purpose of all existing and proposed easements, setbacks, reservations, and areas dedicated to public use. o Location, size and design of all structures, access roads and parking areas, drainage facilities, signs, outdoor lighting, landscaping or screening, and snow storage areas. o Plans for controlling soil erosion and sedimentation during development. D Plans for grading and drainage showing existing and proposed contours of five foot intervals. o Designation of the amount of gross floor area and gross leasable area proposed for each non-residential use. D Other elements integral to the proposed development as considered necessary by the Planning Board including identification of any federal, state, or county permits required for the project's execution. o Applicable General Requirements and other requirements listed under Article IV, Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Law, 1989, including a Traffic Impact Study, a Storm Drainage Plan, and Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan.

St. Lawrence Windpower. facility.

LLC application to the Town of Cape Vincent Planning

Board to construct and operate a wind energy

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These materials are submitted at this time to initiate the lead agency coordination process under the State Environmental Quality Revue Act and to facilitate a presubmission conference. St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC acknowledges that the time restrictions described under Section 415, Application for Site Plan Review, in the Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Law, 1989, will not commence until a fully completed application has been formally received by the Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board.

Regards,

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Todd R. Hopper Manager 703-403-6013

St. Lawrence facility.

Windpower.

LLC application

to

the Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board to construct and operate a wind energy

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SITE PLAN APPLICATION.

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Appendix A State Environmental Quality Review
FULL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FORM
Purpose: The full EAF is designed to help applicants and agencies determine, in an orderly manner, whether a project or action may be significant. The question of whether an action may be significant is not always easy to answer. Frequently, there are aspects of a project that are subjective or unmeasurable. It is also understood that those who determine significance may have little or no formal knowledge of the environment or may not be technically expert in environmental analysis. In addition, many who have knowledge in one particular area may not be aware of the broader concerns affecting the question of significance. The full EAF is intended to provide a method whereby applicants and agencies can be assured that the determination process has been orderly, comprehensive in nature, yet flexible enough to allow introduction of information to ftt a project or action. Full EAF Components: The full EAF is comprised of three parts: Provides objective data and information about a given project and its site. By identifying basic project data, it assists a reviewer in the analysis that takes place in Parts 2 and 3. Focuses on identifying the range of possible impacts that may occur from a project or action. It provides guidance as to whether an impact is likely to be considered small to moderate or whether it is a potentially-large impact. The form also identifies whether an impact can be mitigated or reduced. If any impact in Part 2 is identified actually important. as potentially-large, then Part 3 is used to evaluate whether or not the impact is

Part 1: Part 2:

Part 3:

DETERMINATION

OF SIGNIFICANCE

-- Type 1 and Unlisted Actions

dentify the Portions of EAF completed for this project:

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tupon review of the information recorded on this EAF (Parts 1 and 2 and 3 if appropriate), and any other supporting information, and considering both the magnitude and importance of each impact, it is reasonably determined by the lead agency that:

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The project will not result in any large and important impact(s) and, therefore, is one which will not have a significant impact on the environment, therefore a negative declaratiou will be prepared.

Although the project could have a significant effect on the environment, there will not be a significant effect for this Unlisted Action because the mitigation measures described in PART 3 have been required, therefore a CONDITIONED negative declaration will be prepared. *

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The project may result in one or more large and important impacts that may have a significant impact on the environment, therefore a positive declaration will be prepared.

• A Conditioned Negative Declaration is only valid for Unlisted Actions St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC Name of Action Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board Name of Lead Agency Richard Edsall Print or Type Name of Responsible Officer in Lead Agency Planning Board Chairman Title of Responsible Officer

Signature of Responsible Officer in Lead Agency

Signature of Preparer (If different from responsible officer)

Date

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PART l··PROJECTINFORMATION

Prepared by Project Sponsor
NOTICE: This document is designed to assist in determining whether the action proposed may have a significant effect on the environment. Please complete the entire form, Parts A through E. Answers to these questions will be considered as part of the application for approval and may be subject to further verification and public review. Provide any additional information you believe will be needed to complete Parts 2 and 3. It is expected that completion of the full EAF will be dependent on information currently available and will not involve new studies, research or investigation. If information requiring such additional work is unavailable, so indicate and specify each instance.

NAME OF ArnON ST. LAWRENCEWlNDPOWER,LLC (SLW) LOCATIONOF ACTION(INCLUDE STREETADDRESS,MUNIClPALITY ANDCOUNTY) IN THETOWNSOFCAPEVINCENT ANDLYME,JEFFERSON COUNTY,NEWYORK(SEEATTACHED MAP) NAME OF APPLICANT/SPONSOR ST. LAWRENCE WINDPOWER, LC(ATTENTION: R.TODDR, HOPPER) L M ADDRESS 2450 RIDGEROADWEST,SUITE304 CITYfPO ROCHESTER NAMEOFOWNER(IF DrFFERENT)N.A. STATE NY BUSINESSTELEPHONE () ADDRESS ZWCOPE
14626

BUSINESSTELEPHONE (703) 403-6013

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STATE

ZIP CODE

DESCRJPllONOF ACTION St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC C"SLW") is proposing to develop a wind energy facility within the Towns of Cape Vincent and Lyme. As proposed, the wind turbines would be wholly located within the Agricultural Residential district of Cape Vincent and part of the electric interconnection line would be located within the Agricultural and Rural Residence district in Lyme. As currently proposed, the project will be comprised of 97 suitable wind turbine locations with an approximate. capacity of 136 megawatts. In addition to wind turbines, the project will require the installation of supporting infrastructure including an underground electrical collection system, substation, access roads, meteorological towers, and an operations and maintenance building. The project will interconnect to the bulk transmission grid by way of an approximate 9 mile long transmission line having a capacity of up to 115 kilovolts, This transmission line will extend from the project substation to the Lyme substation, located in the town of Lyme, where it will connect to an existing 115 kilovolt electric transmission line, Construction is expected to begin in May 2008 and be completed in December 2008. During construction, SL W will create temporary work areas throughout the project site for storage and staging of construction equipment and materials.

Please Complete Each Questlon-clndlcate

N.A. If not applicable

A. SITE DESCRIPTION
Physical setting of overall project, both developed and undeveloped areas.

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Does project site contain any species of plant or animal life that is identified as threatened or endangered?

~YES

DNO

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See Below. The following species have been identified by the New York State Natural Heritage Program as occurring in Jefferson County. They may also occur within the project area if suitable habitat is present. SLW will make reasonable efforts to avoid habitat for these species. According to: Identify each species: ANIMALS Bald Eagle Blanding's Turtle Great Blue' Heron Henslow's Sparrow Indiana Bat Least Bittern Northern Harrier Peregrine Falcon Pied-billed Grebe Short-eared Owl PLANTS Awned Sedge Back's Sedge Bird's-eyc Primrose Broad-lipped Twayblade Carey's Sedge Champlain Beachgrass Cloud Sedge
Crawe's Sedge

Haliaeetus

Ieucocephalus

Emydoide'a blandingii
Ardea herodias

Ammodramus henslowii
Myot!s sodalis lxobrychus exilis Circus cyaneus Falco peregrinus Podilymbus podiceps Asio flammeus

Carex atherodes Carex backii

Primula mistassinica
Listera convallarioides Carex careyana Ammophila champlainensis Carex haydenii Carex crawei Carex chordorrhiza Arethusa bulbosa Carex garberi Carex lupuliformis Carex merritt-femaldii Carex aggregata Potamogeton hillii Carex houghtoniana Carex jamesii Carex livida Carex sychnocephala Sympttyotrichum boreale Cynoglossum virginianum var. boreale Aplectrum hyemale Salix cordata Pellaea glabella ssp. glabella

Creeping Sedge Dragon's Mouth Orchid Elk Sedge Fa] se Hop Sedge Fernald's Sedge Glomerate Sedge Hill's Pond weed Houghton's Sedge James' Sedge Livid Sedge Many-head Sedge Northern Bog Aster Northern Wild Comfrey Puttyroot Sand Dune Wilow Smooth Cliff Brake Striped Coralroot Troublesome Sedge
Twin-leaf

Corallorhiza striata var. striata
Carex molesta Jeffersonia diphylla POQ sylvestris Saxifrage aimides

Woodland Bluegrass Yellow Mountain-saxifrage

12. Are there any unique or unusual land forms on the project site? (i.e., cliffs, dunes, other geological formations? Describe:

DYES

~NO

13.

Is the project site presently used by the community or neighborhood as an open space or recreation area?

If yes. explain:

The project transmission Management Area.

line may be adjacent to the New York State Ashland Flats Game

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14.

Does the present site include scenic views known to be important to the community?

SLW has retained TtEC to prepare NYSDEC visual guidelines. 15. Streams within or contiguous

a visual

impact

assessment

(VIA) for the project

in accordance

with the

to project area:

Scotch River

Brook,

Shaver

Creek,

Kent's

Creek,

Three

Mile Creek,

Chaumont

and unnamed

tributaries.

a

Name of Stream and name of River to which it is tributary

Scotch Brook, Kent's Creek and unnamed tributaries to the St. Lawrence River. Shaver Creek. Three Mile Creek, Chaumont River and unnamed tributaries to Chaumont Bay.

16.

Lakes, ponds, wetland areas within or contiguous Name: Size (in acres): Wetlands Palustrine ~ Palustrine Open Water

to project area: Forested (POW). (PFO), Palustrine Scrub Shrub (PSS), Palustrine Emergent (PEM),

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b. 17.

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Isthe site served by existing public utilities? lfVES, does sufficient capacity exist to allow connection? be necessary to allow connection?

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b.

If YES, will improvements

18.

Is the site located in an agricultural district certified pursuant to Agriculture and Markets Law, Article 25AA. Section 303 and 304?

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19. Is the site located in or substantially contiguous to a Critical Environmental Area designated pursuant to Article 8 of the ECL. and 6 NYCRR 6171 20. Has the site ever been used for the disposal of solid or hazardous wastes? No, to the extent known by the Applicant.

B. Project Description
1. Physical dimensions and scale of project (fill in dimensions as appropriate). a. Total contiguous acreage owned or controlled by project sponsor b. c. d. Project acreage to be developed: Project acreage to remain undeveloped Length of project, in miles: Approximately Approximately Acres initially; Acres.

B

YES YES

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No

9,000

acres. Acres ultimately.

104.85 570.19 35 miles

104.85

e.

If the project is an expansion.

indicate percent of expansion proposed

Not Applicable f. Number of off-street parking spaces existing

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100 temporary during construction, 5 permanent for O&M building, and 2 permanent for substation.

g. h.

Maximum vehicular trips generated per hour

If residential: Number and type of housing units: Not Applicable
One Family

Two Family
Not Applicable

Multiple Family
Not Applicable

Condominium Not Applicable

Initially

Not Applicable

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Ultimately

Dimensions

Not Applicable (in feet) of largest proposed structure

Not Applicable Max. Blade-Tip Height; project will occupy is? 425

Not Applicable

Not Applicable width;

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300 (rotor
diameter)

N/A

length.

Linear feel of frontage along a public thoroughfare

1,160

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tons/cubic yards.

How much natural material (i.e. rock, earth, etc.) will be removed from the site? Will disturbed areas be reclaimed. a.

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3.

DN/A

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DNO

If yes, for what intended purpose is the site being reclaimed?

Temporarily disturbed areas will be returned to prior land use. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has specific Agricultural throughout Projection Measures (APMs) that will be followed the site, design, construction, and restoration. for reclamation?

b. c.
4.

Will topsoil be stockpiled

Will upper subsoil be stockpiled for reclamation? How many acres of vegetation (trees, shrubs, ground covers) will be removed from site? Wil.1 any mature forest (over 100 years old) or other locally-important

~YES

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vegetation be removed by this project? of

• Some secondary growth wooded/agricultural land may be converted to access roads or other component the proposed wind farm project. Buried power collection line corridors will be allowed to revegetate as ground cover.

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acres,

YES

6.

If single phase project: Anticipated period of construction If multi-phased:
Not Applicable Not AEElicable phase 1 Not AEElicable Not AEElicable

Fourteen

(14)

months, (including demolition)

7.
a. b. c.

Total number of phases anticipated Anticipated Approximate date of commencement completion

(number) Month Month year, (including demolition) year,

Not AEElicable Not 'AEElicable

date of final phase

d. 8,

Is phase I functionally

dependent on subsequent phases?

Will blasting occur during construction bedrock or with shallow depth to bedrock blasting may be required,

Yes, in areas that have exposed

9.
10, 11.

Number of jobs generated: during construction Number of jobs eliminated by this project

± 100

; after project is complete

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DYES ~NO

Will project require relocation of any projects or facilities? Not Applicable

If yes, explain:

12. a,

Is surface liquid waste disposal involved? If yes, indicate type of waste (sewage, industrial, etc) and amount Not Applicable

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Name of water body into which effluent will be discharged
Is subsurface liquid waste disposal involved? Type

Not Applicable

13.
14,

DYES DYES

~NO [JNO

Will surface area of an existing water body increase or decrease by proposal? Not Applicable Is project or any portion of project located in a 100 year flood plain? with various streams and rivers located facilities within outside the project area. St.

If yes, explain:
IS.

A IOO-year flood plain is associated

Lawrence Windpower, LLC will make every effort to locate project plain. This will be evaluated and documented in the DEIS.

of the IOO-year flood

16.
a.

Will the project generate solid waste? If yes, what is the amount per month If yes, will an existing solid waste facility be used? If yes, give name To be determined

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Tons

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amount generated

by O&M

staff

D.
c. d. e.

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ONO ONO

Will any wastes not go into a sewage disposal system or into a sanitary landfill?

If yes, explain:

Oils used for wind turbine operation will be stored and disposed of in accordance Prevention Control & Containment (SpeC) Plan.

with a project specific Spill

17. a.
b. 18.

Will the project involve the disposal of solid waste? If yes, what is the anticipated rate of disposal? If yes, what is the anticipated site life? Will project use herbicides or pesticides? Will project routinely produce odors (more than one hour per day)? 20. Will nrniec' ," luce operating noise exceeding the local ambient noise levels? tons/month.

~YES

<2

years

19.

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21. If yes. ir

and levels may exceed
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local ambient noise levels, to DEC standards

but the project

will be

receptors

according

and local noise ordinances.

WJil project result in an increase in energy use?

DYES

~NO

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Not Applicable indicate pumping capacity Not Applicable Not Applicable gallons/day. gallons/minute. Not Applicable Not Applicable

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22. 23. Total anticipated

water usage per day

24.

Does project involve Local, State or Federal funding?

DYES

~NO

If yes, explain:

25. Approvals Required:
TYPE

SUBMITTAL DATE

a

City, lown, Village Board City, Town, Village Planning Board

City, Town Zoning Board City, County Health Department Other Local Agencies

Other Regional Agencies State Agencies

Federal Agencies

C. Zoning and Planning Information
1.

D

D ~NO DNO LJ DNO rJ ~NO D [J DNO [j DNO [J DNO
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

. Site Plan Approval for Cape Vincent (Planning Board) and SEQR Determination Special Permit for Lyme (Zoning Board 0 f Appeals)

To Be Determined (TBD) To Be Determined (TBD)

Building Permits/Certificates of Compliance (all towns where applicable) and possible road permit County Planning Department, Review of permits SPDES General Permit, DOT Permits, Possible NYSDEC Stream Crossing Permit, PSC section 68

To Be Determined (TBD) To Be Determined (TBD) To Be Determined (TED) To Be Determined (TBD)

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FAA Obstruction Lighting, Possible USACE Nationwide Section 10/404 Permit and Possible 401 Water Quality Certification

Does proposed action involve a planning or zoning decision?
If Yes, indicate decision required:

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Site Plan Approval is required from the Town of Cape Vincent, and a Special Permit is required from the Town of Lyme,

Zoning amendment

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Zoning variance

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urincent)

nSpecial use permit
ULyme)

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New/revision of master plan Resource management plan

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Subdivision Other Determination of Exisfing Use

What is the zoning classification(s) of the site?

In the Town of Cape Vincent the project area is zoned as agricultural residential. .
In the Town of Lyme the project area is zoned as agricultural and rural

res idential.
What is the maximum potential development of the site if developed as permitted by the present zoning?

The maximum potential development is approximately 97 wind turbine locations, and associated infrastructure,
4. 5.

What is the proposed zoning of the site?

Same as existing

What is the maximum potential development of the site if developed as permitted by the proposed zoning?

N/A 6, Is the proposed action consistent with the recommended uses in adopted local land use plans?

[JES

The proposed Action is consistent with utility, essential services. commercial, or light industrial uses within the agricultural residential districts. 7. What are the predominant land use(s) and zoning classifications within a ',4 mile radius of proposed action?

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In the Town of Cape Vincent the project area is zoned as agricultural residential. In the Town of Lyme the project area is zoned as agricultural and rural residential,
Is the proposed action compatible with adjoining/surrounding land uses with a Y<i mile?

8.

9

If the proposed action is the subdivision of land. how many lots are proposed? a. 10. What is the minimum lot size proposed? Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Will proposed action require any authorization(s) for the formation of sewer or wat~rdistricts?

11. Will the proposed action create a demand for any community provided services (recreation, education, police, fire protection? U

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a.

If yes, is existing capacity sufficient to handle projected demand?

During project construction there will be a temporary increase in traffic on the roadways. This may create a slight increase in the need for community services. However. that increase is not anticipated to exceed the current capacity of service provision in the project area. 12. Will the proposed action result in the generation of traffic significantly above present levels?

There will be an impact to traffic levels during project construction but only minimal impact during project operation. a. If yes, is the existing road network adequate to handle the additional traffic?

A preliminary transportation study is being conducted. At this time. although improvements to intersections and culverts may be identified. it is not anticipated that significant changes will be required to the existing transportation network.

D.

Informational

Details

Attach any additional information as may be needed to clarify your project. If there are or may be any adverse impacts associated with your proposal, please discuss such impacts and the measures which you propose to mitigate or avoid them. ATTACHED PLEASE FIND A GENERAL PROPOSED PROJECT SITE MAP.

E. Verification
Icertify that the information provided above is true to the best of my knowledge. Applicant/Sponsor Name
Signature

St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC I Todd R. Hopper Title

Date

If the action is in the Coastal Area, and you are a state agency, complete the Coastal Assessment Form before proceeding with this assessment.

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PART2 - PROJECT IMPACTS AND THEIR MAGNITUDE
Responsibility of Lead Agency General Information (Read Carefully) The reviewer

In completing the form the reviewer should be guided by the question: Have my responses and determinations been reasonable? is not expected to be an expert environmental analyst.

The Examples provided are to assist the reviewer by snowing types of impacts and wherever possible the threshold of magnitude that would trigger a response in column 2. The examples are generally applicable throughout the State and for most situations. But, for any specific project or site other examples andlor lower thresholds may be appropriate for a Potential Large Impact response, thus requiring evaluation in Part 3. The impacts of each project. on each site, in each locality, will vary. Therefore. the examples are illustrative and have been offered as guidance. They do not constitute an exhaustive list of impacts and thresholds to answer each question. The number of examples per question does not indicate the importance of each question.
In identifying impacts. consider long term, short term and cumulative effects.

Instructions (Read carefully) a. Answer each of the 20 questions in PART 2. Answer Yes if there will be any impact. b. Maybe answers should be considered as Yes answers. c. If answering Yes to a question then check the appropriate box(column 1 or 2)to indicate tbe potential size of the impact. If impact threshold equals or exceeds any example provided. check column 2. If impact will occur but threshold is lower than example, check column I. d. Identifying that an Impact will be potentially large (column 2) does not mean that it is also necessarily significant. Any large impact must be evaluated in PART 3 to determine significance. Identifying an impact in column 2 simply asks that it be looked at further. e. If reviewer has doubt about size of the impact then consider the impact as potentially large and proceed to PART 3. f. If a potentially large impact checked in column 2 can be mitigated by change(s) in the project to a small to moderate impact, also check the Yes box in column 3. A No response indicates that such a reduction is not possible. This must be explained in Part 3.

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Temporary disturbance acres of land, permanent of approximately 104.85

*

to approximately 672.07 disturbances/development acres of land.

2. Will there be an effect to any unique or unusual land forms found on the site? (i.e., cliffs. dunes. geological)

~y.

~~

~
0 forms: Specific land

NO

D

YES

~

~

D
1 Small to Moderate Impact

D
2 Potential Large Impact

Dyes

DNO

3 Can Impact be Mitigated by Prnlect Change

lMPACT ON WATER

3. Will Proposed Action affect any water body designated as protected? (Under Articles 15. 24. 25 of the Environmental Conservation Law. ECL) YES Examples that would apply to column 2

E:J NO D

Developable 0 water body.

area of site contains a protected

D
9

D

Dyes DNO

I I I I * I I I I I I I I

0 -Dredging more than 100 cubic yards of material from channel of a protected stream.

Extension of utility distribution facilities 0 through a protected water body. Construction in a designated freshwater or tidal

0

wetland. 0 Other impacts

D D 0

0 D D

Dyes D No Dyes DNO
. DYes

ONO

At this time, no interconnect crossings are anticipated to iI!1pact protected streams in the area. 4. Will Proposed Action affect any non-protected existing or new body of water? YES Examples that would apply to column 2

o

o

NO

~

o A 10% increase or decrease in the surface area of any body of water or more than a 10 acre increase or decrease. o Construction of a body of water that exceeds 10 acres of surface area. o
Other impacts

D
D

DD
D

Yes

~

No

Electric lines within the Town of Cape Vincent and between Cape Vincent, and the Town of Lyme may cross named and unnamed streams and creeks. s. Will Proposed Action affect surface or groundwater quality or quantity?

10

D
Examples

NO

~

YES

that would apply to column 2

0
permit.

Proposed Action will require a discharge

D

D
D
D

Dyes DNO DYes
DYes Dyes DYes

Proposed Action requires use of a source of 0 water that does not have approval to serve proposed (project) action.

0
D

D
D

No

0 Proposed Action requires water supply from wells with greater than 45 gallons per minute pumping capacity.

No
No

Construction or operation causing any 0 contamination of a water supply system.

D
0
D

Proposed Action will adversely affect 0 groundwater.

D D
D

Dyes D

DNO DNO
No

0 Liquid effluent will be conveyed off the site to facilities which presently do not exist or have inadequate capacity.

Proposed Action would use water in excess of 0 20,000 gallons per day.

D

D

Proposed Action will likely cause siltation or 0 other discharge into an existing body of water to the extent that there will be an obvious visual contrast to natural conditions.

00
11

DY. ON,

Dyes D

I.
II

I:'

Proposed Action will require the storage of 0 petroleum or chemical products greater than 1,100 gallons.

D
D

D DY~ D
D

No

Proposed Action will allow residential uses in 0 areas without water andlor sewer services.

Proposed Action locates commercial andlor 0 industrial uses which may require new or expansion of existing waste treatment andlor storage facilities.

0

0
D

Dyes D No oy~ ONO

o

Other impacts

Erosion and sedimentation will be controlled throu h the im 'ementation of an a roved SWPP.
6. Will Proposed Action alter drainage flow or patterns, or surface water runoff?

E:]

NO

D

YES

Examples

that would apply to column 2

0 flows

Proposed Action would change flood water

0

Proposed Action may cause substantial

erosion,

Proposed Action is incompatible 0 drainage patterns.

with existing

D D 0
12

D D 0

Dyes

D

No

DYes D Dyes DNO

No

Proposed Action will allow development .signated flood way.

in a

o

o

Other impacts

'lrosion may occur during project construction. owever, erosion will be controlled through the iplementation of an approved Stormwater illution Prevention Plan.

IMPACT ON AIR
Will Proposed Action affect air quality?

camples [hat would apply to colurrm 2

~N°D

YES

Proposed Action will induce 1,000 or more iicle trips in any given hour.

Dyes D D

DNa

Proposed Action will result in the incineration nore than 1 ton of refuse per hour.

D

DYes

DNa

Emission rate of total contaminants will exceed is. per hour or a heat source producing more than 10 lion BTU's per hour.

DYes D D

DNa

Proposed Action will allow an increase in the

ount of land committed to industrial use.

Dyes D D

DNa

13

o .: Proposed Action will allow an increase in the density of industrial development within existing industrial areas. o
Other impact;

D

D

*The project construction will generate some airborne dust. However, dust control measures will beem 10 ed.

s.

IMPACT ON PLANTS AND ANIMALS
~ NO

Will Proposed Action affect any threatened or endangered species?

D

YES

Examples that would apply to column 2

Reduction of one or more species listed on the lew York or Federal list, using the site, over or near the .te, or found on the site.

D

D DY~
0
0

DNO

Removal of any portion of a critical or gnificant wildlife habitat.

Application of pesticide Or herbicide more than vice a year, other than for agricultural purposes.

0 0

Dyes DNa Dyes DNO

Other impacts

14

*A request will be submitted to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation National Heritage Program to determine whether there are any special status species or habitat for such species within the project study area. In addition, bird and bat studies have been initiated by SLW.
9. Will ProposedAction substantially threatened or non-endangered species?

x

X

Yes

No

~
Examples

NO

0

affect nonYES

that would apply to column 2

Proposed Action would substantially interfere -ith any resident or migratory fish, shellfish or wildlife oecies.

D
D

Proposed Action requires the removal of more Ian 10 acres of mature forest (over 100 years of age) or .her locally important vegetation.

D D
D

Other impacts

ird and bat studies have been initiated by SLW.

n-

IMPACT ON AGRICULTURAL LAND RESOURCES
I_ Will Propcsed Action affect agricultural sources? land YES

15

Exainples that would apply

(Q

column 2

The Proposed Action would sever, cross or limit access to agricultural land (includes cropland, hayfields, pasture. vineyard. orchard. etc.)

o

D

D
D

o Construction activity would excavate or compact the soil profile of agricultural land. o The Proposed Action would irreversibly convert more than 10 acres of agricultural land or, if located in an Agricultural District, more than 2.5 acres of agricultural land.

o

D

o The Proposed Action would disrupt or prevent installation of agricultural land management systems (e.g .. subsurface drain lines, outlet ditches. strip cropping); or create a need for such measures (e.g. cause a farm field to drain poorly due to increased runoff).

o 000

o

Other impacts

Temporary disturbances of approximately 472.15 acres of agricultural land and permanent loss of approximately 87.79 acres of agricultural land may' occur as a result of the project.

IMPACT ON AESTHETIC RESOURCES
16

U. Will Proposed Action affect aesthetic resources? (If necessary, use the Visual EAF Addendum in Section 617.20, Appendix B.)

o

NO

E]

YES

Examples

that would apply to column 2

o Proposed land uses, or project components obviously different from or in sharp contrast to current surrounding land use patterns, whether man-made or narural.

o
o
D
D
D

o Proposed land uses, or project components visible to users of aesthetic resources which will eliminate or significantly reduce their enjoyment of the aesthetic qualities of that resource.

Project components that will result in the elimination Or significant screening of scenic views known to be important to the area.

o

D

Other impacts as part of the Visual SLW. Impact

I I I I

This will be evaluated Assessment (VIA) b

IMPACT ON HISTORIC AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
12. Will Proposed Action impact any site or structure of historic, prehistoric or paleontological importance?

17

D

NO

~

YES

Examples that would apply to column 2

o Proposed Action occurring wholly or partially within or substantially contiguous to any facility or site listed on the State or National Register of historic places.

D
D

D
D
D
No

o Any impact to an archaeological site or fossil bed located within the project site.

Proposed Action will occur in an area as sensitive for archaeological sites on the NYS Site Inventory.
designated

o

D

D

o

Other impacts

The turbines and/or overhead transmission line may be visible from some NRHP listed or eligible architectural sites. This will be evaluated by SLW.

18

IMP ACT ON OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION
13. Will Proposed Action affect the quantity or quality of existing or future open spaces or recreational opportunities?

E]

NO

0

YES

Examples

that would apply to column 2

The permanent foreclosure 0 recreational opportunity.

of a future

0 A major reduction of an open space important to the community.

0 D
D

0
D

Dyes DNa Dyes DNO Dyes DNO

0

Other impacts

Beneficial impact. The project will allow land to remain as rural and 0 en a icultural land, IMPACT ON CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL AREAS
14. Will Proposed Action impact the exceptional or unique characteristics of a critical environmental area (CEA) established pursuant to subdivision 6NYCRR 617.14(g)?

0

yES

19

::

Examples that would apply to column 2

20

15. systems? \ Examples

Will there be an effect to existing transportation

D

NO

~

YES

that would apply to column 2

Alteration of present patterns of movement of 0 people and/or goods.

D
D
~
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D

Dyes

DNO

Proposed Action will result in major traffic 0 problems.

D D

DYes DNO

0

Other impacts

A transportation

study will be performed

by SLW.

n-

DNO

, IMPACT ON ENERGY
16. Will Proposed Action affect the community's IY? NO SOurces of fuel or energy

SD

EJ

YES

Examples

that would apply to column 2

Proposed Action will cause a greater than 5% increase in the use of any form of energy in the municipality.

o

D

D

D Proposed Action will require the creation or extension of an energy transmission or supply system to serve more than 50 single or two family residences or to serve a major commercial or industrial use.

o

o

Other impacts

Beneficial impact. The project will supply approximately 136 MW of renewable energy to the existin id.

NOISE AND ODOR IMPACT
17. Will there be objectionable vibration as a result of the

D~~
AC~

odors, noise. or

YES

22

'Examples

that would apply to column 2

o Blasting within 1.500 feet of a hospital. school or other sensitive facility.

D D

D

Dves Dves
DVes

o
per day).

Odors will occur routinely (more than one hour

Proposed Action will produce operating noise exceeding the local ambient noise levels for noise outside of structures.

o

D

D

D

DNa No DNO

o Proposed Action will remove natural barriers that would act as a noise screen. o
Other impacts

D
~

D
D

n~ves

DNO
ONO

The minor increase in ambient noise levels at certai receptors. An acoustic analysis model will be evaluated b SLW.

IMPACT ON PUBLIC HEALTH
18. safety? Will Proposed Action affect public health and YES

0

23

Examples

that would apply to column 2

o Proposed Action may cause a risk of explosion or release' of hazardous substances (i.e. oil, pesticides, chemicals, radiation, etc.) in the event of accident or upset conditions, or there may be a chronic low level discharge or emission.

0 Proposed Action may result in the burial of "hazardous wastes" in any form (i.e. toxic, poisonous, highly reactive, radioactive, irritating, infectious, etc.)

D

0
D D
D
24

DY~ D No DY~ D No DYffi DNO

0 Storage facilities for one million or more gallons of liquefied natural gas or other flammable liquids.

Proposed Action may result in the excavation or D other disturbance within 2,000 feet of a site used for the disposal of solid or hazardous waste,

0 D

D

Other impacts

"Falling ice, proximate to turbines, is possible durin certain meteorolo ical conditions.

IMPACT ON GROWTH AND CHARACTER OF COMMUNITY OR NEIGHBORHOOD
19. Will Proposed Action affect the character of the existing community?

D

NO

~

YES

Examples

that would apply to column 2

0 The permanent population of the city, town or village in which the project is located is likely to grow by more than 5 %.

D

D D

DYes DNO DYes DNO

0 The municipal budget for capital expenditures or operating services will increase by more than 5 % per year as a result of this project.

D

25

0 Proposed Action will conflict with officially adopted plans or goals.

0 Proposed Action will cause a change in the density of land use.

0 0
D
D

0
D

Dyes

DNO

DYes

ONO

D Proposed Action will replace or eliminate existing facilities) structures or areas of historic importance to the community.

D

DYes

DNO
D No

0 Development will create a demand for additional community services (e.g. schools, police and fire, etc.)

D
D

Dyes

0 Proposed Action will set an important precedent for future projects.

Dyes D

0

No

0 Proposed Action will create or eliminate employment.

0

Other impacts number of jobs to contribute to

00
[J

DYO

The project will create a significant during construction and is expected the local economy.

0

[J

0

No

Yes

DNO

20. Is there, or is there likely to be, public controversy related to potential adverse environment impacts?

o

NO

YES

If Any Action in Part 2 Is Identified as a Potential Large Impact or If you Cannot Determine the Magnitude of Impact, Proceed to Part 3

26

617.20 Appendix B State Environmental Quality Review

~SUALEAFADDENDUM
This form may be used to provide additional information relating to Question 11 of Part 2 of the Full EAF. (To be completed by·Lead Agency) Distance Between and Resource (In Miles) ~-I'z 1'.-3 3-5 5+

Visibility

Project Would the project be visible from: A parcel of land which is dedicated to and available to the public for the use, enjoyment and appreciation of natural or man-made scenic qualities? An overlook or parcel of land dedicated to public observation, enjoyment and appreciation of natural or man-made scenic; quamies? A site or structure listed on the National Registers of His/oric Places? State Parks? The Slale Foresl Preserve? National Wildlife Refuges and State Game Refuges? National Natural Landmarks and other outstanding" natural features? National Park Service lands? Rivers designated as National or State Wild, Scenic or Recreational? Any transportation corridor of high exposure, such as part of the Interstate System, or Amtrak? A govemmentally established or designated interstate or inter-county fool trail, or one formally proposed for establishment or designation? A site. area, lake, reservoir or highway designated as scenic? Municipal park, or designated open space? County road? State road? Local road?

1.

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2.

Is the visibility of the project seasonal? (t.e., screened by summer foliage, but visible during other seasons)

DYeS
3.

Are any of the resources checked in question 1 used by the public during the time of year during Which the projsct will bfi visible?

DYes

[]No

DESCRIPTION 4.

OF EXISTING VISUAL ENVIRONMENT

Prom each item checked in question 1, check those which generally describe the surrounding environment.

oX mile
Essentially undeveloped Forested Agricultural Suburban Residential Industrial Commerical Urban River. Lake, Pond Cliffs, Overlooks Designated Open Space Flat Hilly Mountainous Other NOTE: add attachments as needed

Within

[Z]

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IZ1 IZ1 IZ1 D

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5.

Are there visually similar projects within:
')Ii

mile DYes

[ZINo

0

Yes

IZlNo

2 miles

0

Yes

III No

3 miles

DYes

No

"Distance from project site is provided for assistance.

Substitute other distances as appropriate.

EXPOSURE 6. The annual number of viewers likely to observe the proposed project is NOTE: When user data is unavailable or unknown, use best estimate.

Z.5,

DOD

?

CONTEXT 7. The situation or activity in which the viewers are engaged while viewing the proposed action Is: FREQUENCY Holidays! Weekends

Activity Travel to and from work Involved in recreational activities Routine travel by residents At a residence AI worksita Other

Daily

Weekly

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0 0 0

0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0
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st. Lawrence
Wind Farm
St. Lawrence Windpower, HC
2450 Ridge Road West Suite 304 Rochester, New York 14626

November 7,2006 To: The Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board Re: Water and Septic Statement for St. Lawrence Wind Farm Site Plan Application

Dear Cape Vincent Planning Board: St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC will notify the buyer (or buyers) of properties owned by St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC that the water supply may not be available by normal means (i.e. drilled well) and that an alternate water system may be required. St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC will notify the buyer (or buyers) of properties owned by St. Lawrence Windpower, LLC that a Perk Test will be required in order to obtain a Building Permit and, if the Perk Test does not meet New York State Code, an alternate (other than normal leach field) system will be required. Regards,

~~
Todd R. Hopper Manager

S1. Lawrence Windpower,

LLC Water and Septic Statement

ST. LAWRENCE WINDPOWER, PROPOSED ST. LAWRENCE WIND FARM PROJECT AREA
NOVEMBER, 2006

LLC

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TETRA TECH

EC. I~K

Proposed 81. Lawrence Wind Farm Town of Cape Vincent Jefferson County, New York

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LAKE FRONT DISTRICT RIVERFRONT qlSTRICT

IT

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0 0.5
Miles

2

Sources: USGS Topographic Quadrangles: Cape Vincent N & S, Chaumont and St. Lawrence. District Boundaries: Tawn of Cape Vincent Zoning Law 1989. As Amended 1991,1993,1998. Proposed Project Area: In house digitizing @ rt. 2006.

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TETRA TECH EC, INC

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