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ENB - Region 5 Notices 12/15/2010

Negative Declaration

Washington County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Champlain Stone, Ltd. - Proposed Fort Ann Quary Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request by Champlain Stone, Ltd. for a permit modification to continue mining natural building stone from its existing Fort Ann and Whitehall Quarries. The proposed project seeks to encompass several existing and new dimensional stone extraction areas into a single 518.5 acre life of mine area (from the currently permitted 108.6 acres). Architectural stone will be selectively mined to depths of 10 to 30 feet from a 294 acre area. Mining will proceed in eight phases over a period of 100 + years, with concurrent reclamation. About 224 acres of forest land will remain undisturbed. There will be no mining below the local water table. No more than 50 acres of land will be disturbed at any time, including 23.6 acres currently affected by the Fort Ann Quarry and processing facility. The reclamation objective is meadow. The project is located to the west of U.S. Route 4 in Comstock, near the Whitehall / Fort Ann town line in the Towns of Fort Ann and Whitehall, New York.

Contact: Richard Speidel, NYS DEC - Region 5 Warrensburg Sub Office, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885, Phone: (518) 623-1286.

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