New York regulators seek comments by May 28 on joint proposal regarding 138-kV project

Comments must be received by May 28 on a joint proposal regarding PSEG Long Island LLC’s proposed Western Nassau Transmission Project, the New York State Public Service Commission said on April 26.

According to the commission’s notice of joint proposal and opportunity for public comment, the joint proposal contains the terms, conditions, practices, and guidelines that the signatory parties recommend be included in a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need that would allow PSEG Long Island – on behalf of, and as agent for, the Long Island Lighting Company d/b/a LIPA (PSEG-LI) – to build the project.

If adopted by the commission, the joint proposal would impose requirements relating to public notice, health and safety, the contents of the environmental management and construction plan, right of way (ROW) restoration, as well as protection of environmental resources, the commission said.

The joint proposal was signed by PSEG-LI, New York State Department of Public Service staff, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Village of Lynbrook, and the Incorporated Village of Rockville Center, the commission noted.

PSEG-LI’s January 2018 project proposal called for a new 138-kV, underground transmission line, constituting a second electric transmission circuit between the East Garden City substation in Uniondale and the Valley Stream substation in Lynbrook, the commission said, noting that the project would be located wholly within the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County; would traverse the villages of Garden City, Malverne, and Lynbrook; and would be built primarily within the public roadway ROWs for a total distance of about seven miles, the commission said.

The commission also noted that settlement negotiations and comments from landowners and municipalities affected by the project resulted in a number of material changes to the project’s proposed design that are incorporated into the joint proposal, including:

  • A revised plan for crossing Pines Stream along a route adjacent to, and approximately parallel to, Hempstead Avenue due to insufficient available depth for open-cut trenching
  • A revised route for exiting the East Garden City substation due to such factors as underground utility congestion
  • A redesign of the proposed crossing of the LIRR West Hempstead Branch on Franklin Avenue, between Broadway and Rider Avenue, in the Village of Malverne to address landowner concerns
  • The use of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) instead of open-cut trenching at four locations where the proposed route would cross one or more road intersections in the Village of Garden City and in the unincorporated part of the Town of Hempstead to reduce traffic impacts, as well as to save time and costs
  • Many – and in some cases, almost all – construction and restoration activities would take place primarily at night and at other off-hours times instead of primarily during daytime hours as originally proposed to minimize traffic impacts

The project would require the acquisition of some additional permanent easement rights on a number of parcels along and near the route, including the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation at Cornwell Avenue, Malverne for the crossing below the underpass of Southern State Parkway, the commission said.

Comments may be submitted to the commission through its website, www.dps.ny.gov (Case Number 17-T-0752); via email at secretary@dps.ny.gov; and by phone at 1-800-335-2120, the commission said.

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