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ENB - Region 6 Notices 7/10/2013

Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The City of Watertown, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Woolworth Building Renovation and Parking Lot Construction will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the renovation of 50 residential units and several commercial units at 11 Public Square in the City of Watertown, New York. Also, the construction of a parking lot for 25 - 30 vehicles at 29-41 Public Square.

Contact: Andrew Nichols, City of Watertown, 245 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-7730, E-mail: anichols@watertown-ny.gov.

Jefferson County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Mined Land Reclamation - R.G. King General Construction, Inc. will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, R.G. King General Construction, Inc., to expand the existing sand and gravel mine to add 37.6 acres of land to the currently approved 8.9 acres of life of mine area. The project site is the applicant's property, located immediately northeast of the Interstate Route 81 Kellogg Hill exit. It is about six miles north of Adams and seven miles south of Watertown, in the Town of Adams, New York. The existing access road is located on the west side of US Route 11. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Plainfield sand, which is the predominated soil type on the site. Mining is proposed for below the local water table. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment, standard for sand and gravel mining operations, and for removal of material below the local water table. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 40,000 tons-per-year of sand and gravel over the estimated 30 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 uniformly graded and re-vegetated open land. Up-land reclamation will include the replacement of stockpiled topsoil, and re-seeding with an approved USDA SCS seed mixture. The reclamation plan includes one or more small ponds approximately 11 acres and two to twenty five feet in depth.

The proposed mine expansion includes approximately 13 acres of an abandoned sand pit to the south and additional wooded land to the north of the existing mine limits. Mining was originally permitted here beginning in 2009 and has continued ever since. The reviewed life-of-mine expansion area is 37.6 (LOM) acres.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYS DEC - Region 6 Watertown Sub Office, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2246, E-mail: r6dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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