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ENB - Region 3 Notices 6/24/2015

Public Notice

Notice of Public Scoping Comment Period

Big Pond Road Mine - Proposed 39 Acre Shale and Sandstone Mine, Town of Deerpark, Orange County

NYS DEC Application No.: 3-3328-00186/00001 Mined Land Reclamation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has issued a Positive Declaration pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) for the proposed Big Pond Road Mine. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required to evaluate potential impacts associated with the project.

Project Description: The project proposes to mine sandstone and shale from a total of 39 acres of the 43 + acre site located on Big Pond Road in the Town of Deerpark. Mining would occur sequentially in six (6) phases, and a total of five (5) million cubic yards of material would be removed over the life of the mine (approximately 300,000 tons per year). Proposed mining activities include drilling and blasting of bedrock, and crushing and screening the material through a portable aggregate processing plant. The sponsor estimates truck traffic to be between 10 and 25 truck trips per hour, which is equivalent to 140 to 350 truck trips per day.

The site contains steep slopes and rock outcrops, with elevations ranging from 525 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) in the southeast portion of the site, to 828 feet AMSL in the northwest portion of the site. The final mine floor elevation is proposed at an approximate elevation of 550 feet AMSL. No mining below groundwater elevation is currently proposed. All overburden and topsoil materials will be stockpiled for use during reclamation of the site, which will proceed concurrently with mining operations. Proposed final reclamation of the site would create vegetated open space/non-agricultural field.

Potential impacts to be evaluated in the EIS include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impacts to Threatened/Endangered species, specifically, timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus).
  • Noise Impacts: Increased sound levels due to proposed mining operations (operation of drill and rock hammer, blasting, screening and crushing of materials, equipment operating within the mine, trucks entering and leaving the site, etc).
  • Blasting Impacts: Air over pressures and ground vibration impacts to structures and startling residents, flyrock, dust and fumes leaving the limits of the mine, vibration impacts to timber rattlesnake den(s).
  • Air quality/dust impacts from proposed mining operations.
  • Traffic impacts, including the suitability of the location of the proposed entrance, structural stability of the temporary bridge on Big Pond Road, level of service (LOS) rating for Big Pond Road.
  • Stormwater and erosion impacts.
  • Visual impacts.
  • Impacts to groundwater.

The NYS DEC will accept written comments on the Draft Scope until close of business July 16, 2015. Comments must be submitted in writing to the contact person listed below.

This comment period provides an opportunity for public input regarding environmental issues of concern which should be evaluated in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). The intent is to ensure the impact statement will be a concise, accurate and complete document that is adequate for public review and comment.

Scoping Objectives:

  1. Identify relevant environmental issues of concern;
  2. Identify the extent and quality of information needed, (including the methods for obtaining and analysis of the information);
  3. Identify the range of reasonable alternatives to be evaluated; and
  4. Identify potential areas of mitigation.

Notice of Public Scoping Comment Period

Written comments/recommendations regarding the content of the Draft EIS may be submitted to the NYS DEC contact person listed below until July 16, 2015. At the close of the comment period, NYS DEC will produce a Final scope to assist the applicant with the preparation of a Draft EIS. To ensure a thorough public scoping process, this Notice of Public Scoping Comment Period along with the Draft Scope is being circulated to all adjoining and substantially contiguous property owners of the proposed mine site, and the Town of Deerpark for posting at the Deerpark Town Hall.

Contact: Scott Ballard, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1620, Phone: (845) 256-2250 E-mail:

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Westchester County - The Village of Bronxville Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 100 Pondfield Court Redevelopment Site Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves the renovation and expansion of the existing three-story, 34,083 square-foot, vacant warehouse building located at 100 Pondfield Road in Village of Bronxville, New York, to develop 11 condominium dwelling units, a 22 parking-space ground-floor garage and related amenities for residents. The Applicant seeks variances from the Village of Bronxville Zoning Board of Appeals and the Hudson Valley Board of Review.

The conditions are:

  1. Submission of construction documents to International Code Council for review;
  2. Inclusion of all fire safety systems recommended by Eastchester fire department;
  3. Designation and implementation of the driveway/access easement as a fire lane;
  4. Declaration that vehicles may not stop, stand in, or obstruct the easement area, from a court of competent jurisdiction;
  5. Inclusion of all proposed vehicular and pedestrian safety features proposed as part of the traffic management and parking plan;
  6. Compliance with all recommendations regarding hazardous materials investigation, handling and disposal; and
  7. Provision of a revised parking garage layout to reduce the number of spaces and eliminate obstructed spaces.

A public comment period regarding the Conditioned Negative Declaration is established and will end on Friday July 24, 2015.

Contact: Vince Pici, Village of Bronxville, 200 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708, Phone: (914) 337-7338, E-mail:

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