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ENB - Region 8 Notices 7/20/2011

Negative Declaration

Genesee County - The New York State Thruway Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Highway Pavement Reconstruction Project - MP 378.20 to 393.70 with Bridge Painting and Rehabilitation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the pavement reconstruction of 15.5 miles of the New York State Thruway mainline from Mile Post (MP) 378.20 to 393.70. This existing section of the highway has exceeded its useful design life as demonstrated by the condition of the underlying pavement which exhibits severe fatigue cracking and longitudinal joint separation resulting in poor ride quality and increased levels of maintenance. The preferred feasible alternative proposes full depth reconstruction of both the eastbound and westbound mainline roadway with Portland concrete (PCC) travel lanes and Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) shoulders; pavement rehabilitation at Interchange 48 (Batavia) ramps and toll plaza to included full depth shoulder reconstruction and multi-course asphalt overlay of the existing concrete pavement; roadside safety improvements (slope flattening); culvert replacement and repairs; and guiderail replacements. Bridge painting of nine (9) bridges along with minor bridge rehabilitation and large diameter culvert replacement and rehabilitation will also be performed. This proposed work is expected to impact approximately 2.4 acres of both Federal and State Wetlands. Avoidance and minimization measures have been evaluated to reduce this impact to smallest scale possible. Wetland mitigation will be performed at an off-site location to create, enhance and preserve the loss of the wetland acreage on-site. The project is located from MP 378.20 to MP 393.70 along the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) in the Towns of LeRoy, Stafford, and Batavia, New York. The Wetland Mitigation Site will be in the Town of Alabama, New York.

Contact: David J. Curtis, New York State Thruway Authority, P.O. Box 189, Albany, NY 12201-0189, Phone: (518) 471-5926, E-mail: David_Curtis@thruway.stata.ny.us.

Amended Negative Declaration

Ontario County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Elam Sand and Gravel Strong Road Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to develop and operate a new 45 acre surface mine. The mine will operate as a traditional mine with surface extraction of sand and gravel. Mining is not proposed for below the local water table. Excavation will be by mechanical equipment, standard for sand and gravel mining operations, including processing. Maximum processing rates for the screening and crushing operations will not exceed 200 tons per hour and 150 tons per hour, respectively. The consumptive use of ground or surface water resources has not been proposed for this mining operation. No vehicle maintenance or service activities will be conducted at this site. Final reclamation will include the replacement of stockpiled topsoil and will create stabilized, revegetated open space. The mine floor elevation is proposed to be 840 feet above mean sea level (AMSL). The Life-of-Mine (LOM) area reviewed for this proposal is 45 acres.

The original negative declaration issued on January 19, 2011 has been supplemented based on additional information received by NYS DEC. The additional information pertains to groundwater, traffic, historical structures, and modifications to the mining plan map and reclamation map as a result of property easements. Based on staff's review of the additional information, NYS DEC reaffirms the original SEQR determination, namely that the proposed mine will not result in significant, adverse environmental impacts.

The project is located on the north side of Strong Road in the Town of West Bloomfield, New York.

Contact: David L. Bimber, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5401, E-mail: dlbimber@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Monroe County - The Town of Brighton Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Winfield Park may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2011. A public scoping session will be held on August 10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton, NY 14618. The action involves an application for Incentive Zoning for mixed use development including residential, senior housing, office space and a community clubhouse on seven parcels. The application proposes the development of 64 single-family 'patio' homes; 65 townhomes; 360 apartment units contained within nine, four-story buildings; four, 10 bedroom 'greenhouse' structures to be owned and operated by St. John's Nursing Home, 332,000 total square feet of office space, a community center, and approximately 68 acres of open space on 132.2 acres of land at the same location. The project is located on Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road, east of South Clinton Avenue in the Town of Brighton, New York.

Contact: Ramsey A. Boehner, Town of Brighton, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, Phone: (585)784-5229, E-mail: ramsey.boehner@townofbrighton.org.

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