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ENB - Region 6 Notices 11/9/2011

Negative Declaration

St. Lawrence County - The Town of Canton, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Canton Village Brownfield Opportunity Area Pre-Nomination Study will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development of a Pre-Nomination Study for a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) in the Village of Canton. A Brownfield Opportunity Area is a program sponsored by the New York State Department of State to assist communities with revitalization through the reuse of brownfield and other underutilized sites. The Pre-Nomination Study proposes an area of approximately 76 acres including 36 brownfield, abandoned or underutilized sites. This Pre-Nomination Study is a summary of the socio-economic conditions of the Town and Village and an inventory of the existing and historic land conditions within the BOA target area with specific attention to the 36 identified sites. The Study also includes preliminary recommendations for future study and planning within the BOA and related to specific sites such as zoning law analysis, market analysis, transportation studies, redevelopment feasibility and end-use analysis, relocation feasibility and environmental site assessment. The project is located in portions of the Village of Canton.

Contact: Linda McQuinn, Director, Town and Village of Canton, 60 Main Street, Canton, NY 13817, Phone: (315) 386-2871.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Jefferson County - The Development Authority of the North Country, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Southern Expansion of the Development Authority of the North Country's Solid Waste Management Facility may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on November 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Conference Room 100, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown, New York. A draft scoping document is available for public review and comment at the following web address: www.danc.org.

The action involves plans to expand the existing Development Authority of the North Country's Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF). The proposed project area, collectively termed the "Southern Expansion", encompasses approximately, (a) 146 acres to the south of the existing landfill footprint on Development Authority of the North Country's property, and (b) approximately 20 acres of borrow area on reforestation property owned by Jefferson County, if the County will agree to this use. The Southern Expansion will add approximately 19.4 million cubic yards of airspace to accommodate solid waste disposal for approximately 62 years at an average waste disposal rate of 260,000 tons per year. Mitigation measures are proposed both on- and off-site to avoid or minimize impacts to certain aquatic resources (wetlands and streams) within the project area. The off-site mitigation activities, involving wetland restoration and stream bank and channel restoration and enhancement, are proposed in an area along Skinner Road in the Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County, which is part of the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area.

The Southern Expansion will be built in phases, with each new cell constructed as additional disposal capacity is needed. A total of eight (8) new landfill liner cells are planned, and each will be separately constructed and monitored. Construction of the first cell is anticipated to be completed by 2021. A potential upgrade to the power production capacity at the landfill's current gas-to-energy facility may be required due to the increase in waste disposal area.

The project is located at 23400 NYS Route 177, Rodman & Skinner Road in Ellisburg, New York.

Contact: James W. Wright, Development Authority of the North Country, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 661-3200.

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