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ENB - Region 5 Notices 4/22/2015

Negative Declaration

Essex County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Willsboro Stone will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant for a new 19 acre life of mine with an initial 4.6 acre effected area sand, gravel, and limestone mine on a 100 acre parcel of land owned by the permittee. The site contains a closed limestone mine that was formally operated for construction of I-87 in the 1960's. A maximum of 5 acres will be open or disturbed at any one time. Reclamation will be concurrent with mining. The estimated life of mine is 30 years. The maximum depth of the excavation could be 60 feet within the limestone outcrop which is elevated above grade, with 1V:2H slopes. All mining will remain a minimum of 5 feet above groundwater table. Use of on-site processing with portable motorized screening and crushing equipment is proposed. Mining will use a front end loader, a dump truck, an excavator, a rock hammer, and one screening/ crushing plant. The mining operation will generate a maximum of 8 trips per hour, with an average of 3 trips per hour. The proposed hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The stormwater will be internally draining in the excavated areas. The site will be reclaimed to native grass plantings, suitable for residential development or revert back to a forested area. The mine is located north of NYS Route 22 and South of the Boquet River in the Town of Willsboro, New York.

Contact: Erin M. Donhauser, NYS DEC - Region 5 Office, Route 86, PO Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296, Phone: (518) 897-1234, E-mail:

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