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ENB - Region 6 Notices 12/10/2008

Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Towles Sand Pit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal to develop and operate a 16.7 acre surface sand and gravel mine within a 33.4 acre parcel south of Taylor Settlement. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Arkport series of sandy loams which is the predominate soil type on the site. Mining is proposed for above the local water table. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment, standard for sand and gravel mining operations, and for removal of material above the local water table. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 30,000 cubic yards per year of sand and gravel over the estimated 5 year operational life of the mine. Material will be stockpiled as unprocessed "run-of-bank", or processed with portable screens and crushers. Maximum processing rates for the screen and crushing operations will not exceed 150 tons-per-hour (TPH). Final reclamation will restore the site to a 16 ± acres of land for agricultural use. The reviewed life-of-mine area is 16.7 (LOM) acres. The project is located on the Raymond Towles property west of County Route 91, approximately 1,000 feet south of the intersection of County Route 91 and Dixon Road, approximately four miles southwest of the Village of Adams in the Town of Ellisburg, New York.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2245, E-mail: jjhart@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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