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ENB - Region 8 Notices 7/17/2013

Negative Declaration

Seneca County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Seneca Meadows, Inc. (SMI) Route 318 Borrow Pit Permit Modification will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant for an expansion of a currently permitted surface sand and gravel mine located on Route 318 in the Town of Junius, New York. The "new area" not previously approved is a total of 22.8 acres, divided into a 15.9 acre first phase and a 6.9 acre second phase.

The total Life-of-Mine (LOM) area to be affected by mining, including areas previously approved, will be 33.2 acres. The mine will operate as a traditional surface extraction of sand and gravel. Mining is not proposed within 5 feet of the local water table. Excavation will be conducted by mechanical equipment, which is standard for sand and gravel mining operations. Processing of the natural resource will not be conducted at this site, but will be transported and utilized for construction and operations at the Seneca Meadows, Inc. landfill about 8 miles southeast of the site. The consumptive use of ground or surface water resources is not proposed for this mining operation. Vehicle maintenance or service activities will not be conducted at this site. Final reclamation will include the replacement of stockpiled topsoil to will create stabilized, revegetated open space and wildlife habitat. The mine floor elevation is proposed to be from 482-488 feet above mean sea level. The scope of this SEQR review includes the expansion area of 22.8 acres.

Contact: Mary Binder, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road , Avon, New York 14414-9519, Phone: (585) 226-5402, E-mail: dep.r8@dec.ny.gov.

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