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ENB - Region 5 Notices 4/29/2015

Negative Declaration

Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed General Permit: Rapid Response Management or Containment of Aquatic Invasive Species Using Benthic Barriers and Hand Harvesting Techniques (General Permit Number 2015G-1) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The APA comment period ends on May 29, 2015. Copies of pertinent documents may be found on the APA's website at: www.apa.ny.gov.

The APA proposes to issue a new general permit to authorize qualified persons including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), to undertake rapid responses for management or containment aquatic invasive species. Such activities include the use of benthic barriers or hand harvesting only. General Permit 2015G-1 will apply throughout the Adirondack Park and will be in effect until revoked or modified by the APA.

Eligibility: The general permit will only apply where:

• The sole basis of APA jurisdiction on the project site is a "regulated activity" incidental to the management of identified aquatic invasive species in wetlands;
• The aggregate of all treatment areas within a single waterbody is no more than 0.5 acres in size unless a larger area is approved by the Agency;
• Only benthic barriers and hand-harvesting techniques are used;
• Additional detailed engineering or environmental studies are not required; and
• The regulated activity is undertaken by the NYS DEC, APIPP, or other qualified persons.

The project is located in all or portions of the following within the Adirondack Park "Blue Line": St. Lawrence, Essex, Oneida, Lewis, Clinton, Franklin, Herkimer, Hamilton, Warren, Saratoga, Washington and Fulton, New York.

Contact: Richard E. Weber, III, APA, PO Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone (518) 891-4050, Fax: (518) 891-3938.



Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed General Permit: Management of Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species In or Within 100 feet of Wetlands in the Adirondack Park (Application Number 2014G-1A) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The APA comment period ends on May 29, 2015. Copies of pertinent documents may be found on the Agency's website at: http://www.apa.ny.gov/.

The APA proposes to reissue General Permit 2014G-1 as General Permit 2014G-1A to authorize the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), the Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program (RIIPP), and other qualified persons to undertake activities related to the management of terrestrial invasive plant species in or within 100 feet of wetlands in the Adirondack Park on conditions. Such activities may include the use of herbicides in accordance with referenced best management practices and applicable state and federal regulations. General Permit 2014G-1A will apply throughout the Adirondack Park and will be in effect until revoked or modified by the APA.

Eligibility: The general permit will only apply where:

• The sole basis of APA jurisdiction on the project site is a "regulated activity" incidental to the management of terrestrial invasive plant species in wetlands; and
• The regulated activity is undertaken by the NYS DOT, NYS DEC, APIPP, RIIPP, or other qualified persons.

The project is located in all or portions of the following within the Adirondack Park "Blue Line": St. Lawrence, Essex, Oneida, Lewis, Clinton, Franklin, Herkimer, Hamilton, Warren, Saratoga, Washington and Fulton, New York.

Contact: Richard E. Weber, III, APA, PO Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone (518) 891-4050, Fax: (518) 891-3938.


Clinton County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Norm Baker Pit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant for an expansion of an existing 10.4 acre life of mine to a 58.4 acre life of mine sand and gravel mine (surface unconsolidated material) on an 89.16 acre parcel of land owned by the permittee. Graymont purchased the property in 2011, where a 16.75 acre life of mine was previously owned and operated by Norman and Elizabeth Baker. A maximum of 30 acres will be open or disturbed at any one time. Reclamation will be concurrent with mining. The estimated life of mine is approximately 20 years. The maximum depth of the excavation will be 50 feet with no steeper than 1V:2H slopes. All mining will remain a minimum of 5 feet above groundwater table. Use of on-site processing with portable motorized crushing and screening equipment is proposed. Mining will use dump trucks, front end loaders, on-road haul trucks, a bull dozer, a water truck, and one portable plant consisting of a cone crusher, jaw crusher, and screener. The mining operation will generate an average of 2 trips per hour and a maximum of 35 trips per hour. Excavation activities may be inactive during the winter months. The proposed hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. The stormwater will be internally draining in the excavated areas. The site will be reclaimed to native grass and legume plantings. The mine is located on the northern side of NYS Route 374, in the Town of Plattsburgh, New York. Entrance to the mine will be moved approximately 600 feet west of the current entrance off of NYS Route 374.

Contact: Rebecca A. Smith, NYS DEC - Region 5 Office, 1115 Route 86, PO Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296, Phone: (518) 897-1234, E-mail: DEP.R5@dec.ny.gov.



Fulton County - The Town of Johnstown Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Acres Wild Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the subdivision of property owned by Timothy Delaney and the creation of seven (7) new building lots. The intent is to construct a private gravel road off of County Route 146 to access each of the new building lots. The lots will range in size between 3.43 acres and 10.87 acres and the remaining 55 ± acres will remain forever wild. The project is located along County Road 146 in the Town of Johnstown, New York.

Contact: Sean Geraghty, Fulton County, 1 East Montgomery Street, Johnstown, NY 12095, Phone: (518) 736-5660, E-mail: ageraghty@fultoncony.gov.



Washington County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Grande Aggregates, LLC - Whitehall Quarry will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant for a new 93.1 ± acre aggregate mine located on the west side of US Route 4, north of the NYS Route 22 intersection, in the town of Whitehall, New York. The proposed mine is a portion of the currently permitted Champlain Stone Fort Ann Quarry. The site was operated as a separate aggregate mine in the past prior to its consolidation with the Champlain Stone Fort Ann Quarry in 2010. Mining activity will involve blasting and excavation of stone and deep rock, as well as crushing and screening using portable equipment. Surface mining of up to 200 feet below the ground surface is proposed with a final reclamation objective of a surface/groundwater fed pond. Mine operations will entail the use of off-road dump trucks to transport mined material to the processing area. The processing area will encompass approximately 5 acres and be situated within the eastern portion of the mine.

Contact: Beth A. Magee, NYS DEC - Region 5 Warrensburg Sub Office, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885, Phone: (518) 623-1283, E-mail: DEP.R5@dec.ny.gov.





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