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ENB - Region 6 Notices 9/12/2012

Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed expansion of mining operations as described in Mined Land Reclamation permit application submitted by R G King General Construction Inc. will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed expansion of the existing sand and gravel mine to add 6.4 acres of land to the currently approved 9.2 acres of life of mine area. The project site is the Brian Worden's property, located on the northwest corner of the Rural Hill intersection, approximately 4 miles south of Henderson in the Town of Ellisburg. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Groton gravelly loam, which is the predominate soil type on the site. Mining is proposed for above the local water table. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment, standard for sand and gravel mining operations. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 13,000 tons-per-year of aggregate sand and gravel over the estimated 15 year operational life of the mine. Material will be stockpiled as unprocessed "run-of-bank", or processed with portable screens and crushers. Maximum processing rates for the screen and crushing operations will not exceed 150 tons-per-hour (TPH). Final reclamation will restore the site to a +/-6.4 acre uniformly graded and re-vegetated open land. The proposed mine expansion is east of the existing mine limits. Mining was originally permitted here beginning in 1982 and has continued ever since. The reviewed life-of-mine expansion area is 6.4 (LOM) acres. The project is located in the Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYS DEC, 317 Washington Street, Watertown NY 13601; Phone: (315) 785-2246; E-mail: jjhart@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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