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ENB - Region 9 Notices 3/16/2011

Negative Declaration

Chautauqua County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed RAJAW Gravel Mine 48.5 Acre Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a 48.5 acre addition to the previously NYS DEC approved Mined Land Reclamation (MLR) Permit for the RAJAW Gravel Mine (presently 4.5 acres permitted), for the mining of sand and gravel. The additional acreage is adjacent to the area currently permitted for mining, on land owned by the applicant. With the additional acreage, a total of 53 acres out of 153 acres owned by the applicant at this site will be permitted for mining purposes. Existing material processing will continue without any changes, except for changes in the locations of settling basins during mining and material processing. There will be no mining activities within NYS regulated Freshwater Wetland CY-6*, nor its 300 foot wide regulated adjacent area. Excavation below the water table is proposed in the expansion area, which will result in a 20 acre pond. The project is located to the west of Bakerink Road, with the haul road entrance approximately 900 feet south of the intersection of Bakerink Road with Brownell Road, in the Town of French Creek, New York.

Contact: Charles D. Cranston, NYS DEC - Region 9 Allegany Sub-Office, 182 East Union, Suite 3, Allegany, NY 14706-1328, Phone: (716)372-0645.

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