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ENB - Region 7 Notices 4/8/2015

Amended Negative Declaration

Oswego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Harris Hill Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by C.J. Ferlito Aggregates, Inc. to develop and operate a 10.2 acre surface sand and gravel mine within a 65 acre parcel south of Harris Hill Road in the Town of Hannibal, New York. Mining is not proposed below the water table. Mining will not be permitted within Freshwater Wetland FU-29 nor its 100 foot adjacent area. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment standard for sand and gravel mining; processing will include a small portable screen and occasionally a small portable crusher. Final reclamation will restore the site to uniformly graded and revegetated open land.

The original negative declaration issued on 24 September 2014 has been supplemented based on additional information received by NYS DEC. The additional information pertains to wetlands and modifications to the mining plans as a result of the filing of a wetlands permit application by the applicant. Based on staff's review of the additional information and mitigation proposed, NYS DEC reaffirms the original SEQR determination that the proposed mine will not result in significant, adverse environmental impacts.

Contact: David Bimber, NYS DEC - Region 7 Office, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204, Phone: (315) 426-7440, E-mail: DEP.R7@dec.ny.gov.


Oswego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wheats' Pit Mining Permit Modification and Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to modify a current mined land reclamation permit, by increasing the affected Life of Mine footprint area from 6.8 acres to 10.7 acres on a 67.9 acre parcel of land. As proposed, the mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Hinckley gravelly loamy sand on 3 to 8 percent slopes, which is the major soil type on the site. Mining is also proposed for below the local water table on approximately 6.5 acres of the site. Mining below the water table is currently approved for 3.3 acres.

As such, the surface area of below the water table mining would increase from 3.3 acres to 6.5 acres under the currently proposed modification and expansion. Excavation would be done by using a tracked excavator and rubber tired loader, which is typical for sand and gravel mining operations of this nature and scope. Mining operations would remove approximately 475,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel over the estimated 5 year operational life of the mine. Sand and gravel would be stockpiled as unprocessed, or processed with portable screens and crushers. Maximum processing rates for the screen and crushing operations will not exceed 110 tons-per-hour (TPH).

No mining is proposed within the adjacent state protected Class 2 wetland HA-15 or HA-16. Final reclamation would restore the site to a 6.5 acre open water surface and uniformly graded meadow as described and depicted by the revised Mining Reclamation Plan and accompanying narrative received on January 30, 2015. The reviewed Life-Of-Mine (LOM) area is 10.7 acres.

The project is located approximately 1.2 miles northeast of the Hamlet of North Hannibal in the Town of Hannibal, New York.

Contact: John Clancy, NYS DEC - Region 7 Office, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204, Phone: (315) 426-7440, E-mail: DEP.R7@dec.ny.gov.


Tompkins County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cargill, Incorporated, Cayuga Salt Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to modify the current permit by adding 150.3 acres of underground reserves contiguous to their existing underground Cayuga Salt Mine operation within several parcels extending eastward into the Town of Lansing, New York. As is the case for the rest of the mine, all of the material mined is used for highway deicing activities in the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England states. The reviewed Life of Mine (LOM) expansion area is 150.3 acres, and there are no other proposed changes to the currently permitted operation. All activities associated with this modification will take place underground, and there will be no additional surface development associated with this proposal. The project is located at the intersection of Sweazey Road and Bill George Road extending to State Route 34B in the Town of Lansing, New York.

Contact: David Bimber, NYS DEC - Region 7 Office, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204, Phone: (315) 426-7440, E-mail: DEP.R7@dec.ny.gov.


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