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ENB - Region 6 Notices 12/14/2011

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Herkimer

Applicant: Craig Smith

Contact for Project: William D. Hollister, PLS
PO Box 436
Old Forge, NY 13420

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Virginia Yamrick

APA Project Number: 2009-0113

Project Title: Craig Smith

Location: Watson Road in the Town of Webb, New York

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: December 22, 2011

Project Description: The applicant is seeking approval for a five lot subdivision involving wetlands within ¼ mile of the Middle Branch of the Moose River, a designated Recreational River. The proposed subdivision will create: Lot 1 - a 3.25 ± acre vacant parcel and Lot 2 - a vacant 1.99 ± acre parcel; both located in a Low Intensity Use land use area. The subdivision will also create Lot 3 - a 1.49 ± acre vacant parcel in the Hamlet land use area, Lot 4 - a 7.20 ± acre vacant parcel comprised of 1.9 ± acres in the Low Intensity Use land use area and 5.3 ± acres in the Hamlet land use area, and Lot 5 - a 3.85 acre parcel in the Hamlet land use area containing a pond with wetlands proposed as a common lot for Lots 1 through 4 in the subdivision. One new single-family dwelling with on-site wastewater treatment system and on-site water supply are proposed on Lots 1, 2, and 3.

Negative Declaration

St. Lawrence County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Benson Mines will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Mitchell Stone Products, LLC, to develop and operate an 11.7 acre waste rock mine within a 1,980.0 acre parcel off of NYS Route 3. The mine will process granitic to granitic hornblende gneiss waste rock that was blasted and stockpiled during the operation of the Benson Mines Iron Ore operation from the 1940's through the mid 1970's. Mining is not proposed to take place below the local water table. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment, standard for rock mining operations and for removal of material from a stockpile face. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 550,000 cubic yards waste rock over the operational life of the mine. Material will generally be excavated from the stockpiles, crushed, screened and stockpiled for future use. Final reclamation will restore the site to a wooded area. Mine slopes will be graded and stabilized and planted with red or white pines. The reviewed life-of-mine area is 11.7 (LOM) acres. The project site is on property owned by Benson Mines, Inc. and lies 700 feet northerly of NYS Route 3, with the haulroad entrance 2,250 feet westerly of Newton Falls Road in the Town of Clifton, New York.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYSDEC - Region 6 Office, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: 315-785-2246, E-mail: dep.r6@dec.ny.gov

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