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ENB - Region 9 Notices 03/17/2010

Negative Declaration

Cattaraugus County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed McKinstry Road Gravel Pit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a modification of the current permit for the mining of sand and gravel and material processing on an additional 3.63 acres of land. A total of 35.5 acres are currently permitted, and this expansion will result in a total permitted area of 39.13 acres. This will produce an estimated 278,692 cubic yards of additional product and the entire disturbed area will be reclaimed to agricultural production. The project is located at 10480 McKinstry Road in Yorkshire, New York.

Contact: Mark F. Passuite, NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203-2915, Phone: (716) 851-7165, E-mail: r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Chautauqua County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gernatt-Notaro Gravel Pit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a modification to the existing reclamation plan. The existing plan is to create a pond of approximately 11 acres with the remainder of the 16.5 acre site converted back to agriculture. The applicant now proposes to use the excavated areas for the permanent storage of sand and gravel pond settlings, which will restore grades closer to the original grades prior to excavation. The originally proposed pond created by the excavation will most likely decrease in size with a smaller pond remaining, or be eliminated entirely resulting in the total 16.5 acre site being reclaimed to agriculture. The project is located at 12670 Buffalo Road in Hanover, New York.

Contact: Mark F. Passuite, NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203-2915, Phone: (716) 851-7165, E-mail: R9DEP@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Wyoming County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Expansion for John Borer Pike Gravel Pit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the addition of 23.6 acres of land to the currently permitted 73.35 acre sand and gravel mine. Mining will not occur into the groundwater table. A culvert will be installed in a tributary of Wiscoy Creek to serve as a haul road between the current mine and the expansion area. An overhead conveyor will also be installed at this culverted location to transport excavated material to the existing processing area. The existing haul road to NYS Route 19 will be utilized. The reclamation objective is to return the land to a condition suitable for agricultural use, with stable side slopes. The estimated life of the expansion area is 12 years. The project is located at 7785 NYS Route 19, approximately 2,400 feet north of the Wyoming - Allegany County line, in the Town of Pike, New York.

Contact: Charles D. Cranston, NYS DEC - Region 9 Allegany Sub-Office, 182 East Union Street, Allegany, NY 14706-1328, Phone: (716) 372-0645, E-mail: R9DEP@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Amended Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Town of Evans Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Evans Water System Consolidation and Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the consolidation of the Town of Evans water system with the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) in an effort to provide the lowest long-term cost solution associated with providing water to the residents of Evans. In order for the Town to enter into a lease managed agreement with the ECWA, the Town is required to upgrade some portions of the current system, including upgrading pipe sizes less than 6 inches in diameter, replacing hydrants that are non-compliant with ECWA standards, eliminating duplicate mains, replacing water meters and installing tile sets. The Town of Evans is also required by the Health Department to provide increased storage capacity for the system and will construct an elevated water storage tank. The original Negative Declaration issued by the Town Board evaluated impacts of the proposed tank at several sites. The location of the tank has changed and will be located on a site not previously evaluated and therefore not included in the original Negative Declaration. The Town has evaluated the potential impacts for the new site and is issuing an Amended Negative Declaration. The project is located in the Town of Evans, New York.

Contact: Robert D. Klavoon, Town of Evans, Wendel Duschscherer, 140 John James Audobon Parkway, Suite 201, Amherst, NY 14228, Phone: (716) 688-0766.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Chautauqua County - The Town of Westfield, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Ripley-Westfield Wind Power Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Eason Hall, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, NY 14787. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 17, 2010. Copies of the Draft EIS are available at Eason Hall, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, NY; Patterson Library, 40 South Portage Street, Westfield, NY and online at: http://www.ripleywestfieldwind.ene.com.

The action involves the construction of a commercial wind power project with a total installed capacity of approximately 125 megawatts, including the construction of up to 31 wind turbine generators in Westfield and up to 30 wind turbine generators in Ripley and associated collection lines, access roads, a substation, an operations and maintenance building, a laydown area and two permanent meteorological towers; the construction of road improvements in the Towns of Chautauqua, Sherman and North Harmony, and the Village of Sherman; and, the construction of a temporary concrete batch plant in the Town of Chautauqua. The project is located in the Town of Westfield and Town of Ripley, New York.

Contact: Martha R. Billis, Town of Westfield, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, NY 14787, Phone: (718) 326-3211.


Chautauqua County - The Town of Ripley, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Westfield-Ripley Wind Power Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Meeder's Restaurant, 19 Main Street Ripley, NY 14775. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 17, 2010. Copies of the Draft EIS are available at Town of Ripley Town Hall, 1 Park Avenue, Ripley, NY; Ripley Free Library, 64 Main Street, Ripley, NY and online at: http://www.ripleywestfieldwind.ene.com.

The action involves the construction of a commercial wind power project with a total installed capacity of approximately 125 megawatts, including the construction of up to 31 wind turbine generators in Westfield and up to 30 wind turbine generators in Ripley and associated collection lines, access roads, a substation, an operations and maintenance building, a laydown area and two permanent meteorological towers; the construction of road improvements in the Towns of Chautauqua, Sherman and North Harmony, and the Village of Sherman; and, the construction of a temporary concrete batch plant in the Town of Chautauqua. The project is located in the Town of Westfield and Town of Ripley, New York.

Contact: Peter Ryan, Town of Ripley, 1 Park Avenue, Ripley, NY 14775, Phone: (716) 736-2201.


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