Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

ENB - Region 6 Notices 6/14/2017

Negative Declaration

St. Lawrence County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Benson Mines - Mitchell Stone Products, LLC Expansion Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to expand the existing waste rock processing to add 1.7 acres to the current 11.7 acres Life of Mine (LOM) within a 1,980 acre parcel off of NYS Route 3. The project site is on property owned by Benson Mines, Inc. and lies 700 feet northerly on NYS Route 3, with the haulroad entrance 2,250 feet westerly of Newton Falls Road in the Town of Clifton, New York. The mine will process granitic to granitic hornblende gneiss waste rock that was blasted and stockpiled during the operation of the Benson Mines Iron Ore Operation from the 1940's through the mid 1970's. Mining is not proposed to take place below watertable. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment, standard for rock mining operations, and for removal of material from a stockpile face. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 550,000 cubic yards waste rock over the operational life of the mine. Material will generally be excavated from the stockpiles, crushed, screened and stockpiled for future uses. Final reclamation will restore the site to a wooded area. The reviewed life-of-mine expansion area is 1.7 (LOM) acres.

The proposed mine expansion is along the railroad on the north side of the existing mine limits. The proposed expansion area will be used to accommodated stock piles of rock. Mining was originally permitted here beginning in 2011 and has continued ever since.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2246, E-mail: DEP.R6@dec.ny.gov.


St. Lawrence County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed JMT Property Associates LLC Mined Land Reclamation Permit Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to develop and operate an 18.4 acre topsoil mine within a 35.5 acre parcel southeast of the Village of Massena. The project site is Vernon White's property, located east of Hopson Road and north of Small Road, approximately 2.5 miles southeast of Massena, in the Town of Brasher, New York. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of Swanton fine sandy loam, which is the predominate soil type on the site. The mining method proposed involves stripping the top 6 inches of the existing topsoil, leaving about 4-6 inches for reclamation. Removal of topsoil will be done by mechanical equipment. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 3,000 cubic yards per year of topsoil over the estimated 5 year operational life of the mine. Material will be stockpiled as unprocessed, or processed with portable screens. Maximum processing rates for the screen operations may exceed 150 tons-per-hour (TPH). Final reclamation will restore the site to a 18.4 ± acre uniformly graded and re-vegetated open land. Reclamation will include the replacement of stockpiled sods, harrowing the remaining topsoil layer, and re-seeding with an approved USDA SCS seed mixture. The reviewed life-of-mine area is 18.4 (LOM) acres.

Contact: Benjamin Shubert, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2248, E-mail: DEP.R6@dec.ny.gov.


  • Contact for this Page
  • ENB
    NYS DEC
    Division of Environmental Permits
    625 Broadway, 4th Floor
    Albany, NY 12233-1750
    518-402-9167
    Send us an email
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to all NYS regions