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ENB - Region 8 Notices 7/8/2015

Negative Declaration

Steuben County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed ST Coots LLC - Savona Pit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to develop and operate a new 58.5 acre surface sand and gravel mine within a 67 acre property in the Town of Bath. The proposed mine site is located on the George and Michael Zemak property, on the east side of NYS Route 415 and south side of Platt Hill Road in the Town of Bath, New York.

Excavation will be by front end loader, excavator, and bulldozer, with materials mined to a depth of 45 to 50 feet below the current surface. Mining will be above the local water table on the eastern side of the site but will extend to approximately 30 feet below the local water table at the lower western side of the site. This will create a permanent 15.1 acre pond on the site. Mining is proposed to remove 4,000,000 tons of sand and gravel from the mine site over an operational life of 16 to 20 years. Material will be processed by washing, crushing, and screening. Prior to the start of processing operations, topsoil and overburden berms will be placed along the north and south borders of the mine area, and will remain in place after final reclamation.

The water surface elevation of the pond will be dependent on groundwater level in rapidly permeable material, with no direct outlet to surface waters. The remaining Life of Mine area surrounding the pond will be graded no steeper than 1 vertical to 1.5 horizontal, and seeded to establish permanent vegetative cover.

Contact: Roger McDonough, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5391, E-mail:

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