ENB - REGION 9 NOTICES

Negative Declaration

Wyoming County - The NYS Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Property acquisition and construction of maintenance sub-headquarters will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the acquisition of an 8.4 acre land parcel and construction of new maintenance sub-headquarters for New York State Department of Transportation in the Town of Java, Wyoming County, NY. The sub-headquarters will include a salt storage building, a structure for equipment and office space for 14 employees. Parking for state and employee vehicles will be on pavement. The project is located on NYS Route 98 between Waldo Corners and Five Corners, Town of Java, Wyoming County, NY.

Contact: Charles Morgante, P.E., Wyoming County Resident Engineer, 3879 NYS Route 19, P.O. Box 370, Warsaw, NY 14569, phone: 716- 786-3310, fax: 716-786-8322, E-mail: CMORGANT@gw.dot.state.ny.us

Notice of Acceptance of a Draft Generic EIS

Cattaraugus County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has accepted a draft generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Lancaster Stone Products proposed Farmersville Mine Operation. The action involves the mining of sand and gravel in two phases on a cumulative total of 324 acres out of approximately 700 acres owned (by the applicant). The DGEIS provides an evaluation of environmental impacts attributable to Phase 1 alone and a generic evaluation of the cumulative impacts of Phases 1 & 2. For Phase 2 the applicant will submit separate permit applications and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that will evaluate environmental impacts of Phase 2 including further evaluation of certain cumulative impacts. Phase 1 involves mining above and below the water table and material processing with a wash plant with a closed-cycle process-water circulation system, affecting a total of approximately 201.2 acres. Phase 1 includes constructing the main haul road to access Cattaraugus County Route 80 (Laidlaw Road), the installation of a bridge crossing of Johnson Creek, culvert crossings of two tributary streams, the construction of a dam for Mining Area 1 north of Johnson Creek and the mining of 0.28 acres of Federally regulated wetlands. The reclamation objectives for Phase 1 alone (if Phase 2 does not occur) is five lakes totaling approximately 66.3 acres, 49 acres of prime agricultural land and the remainder as wildlife habitat. However, the applicant is offering Mine Area 9 along Laidlaw Road to Cattaraugus County for a park. If the county accepts, Mine Area 9 would be the first mine area completed and reclaimed suitable for a public park with a lake of about 8.5 acres. The estimated duration of Phase 1 alone, is 22 to 24 years. As proposed, Phase 2 would add approximately 122.8 acres with above and below water table mining, the relocation of a portion of Carpenter Brook downstream of NYS Route 98, the installation of two culvert crossings of Carpenter Brook and the construction of three dams across the course of Carpenter Brook upstream of Route 98. The reclamation objectives for combined Phases 1 and 2 together, are the creation of seven lakes totaling 150.4 acres, 63 acres of prime farm land and the remainder as sloping wildlife habitat with the exception of the main haul road and some of the internal haul roads which would remain for future access. Preparation of the Supplemental DEIS for Phase 2 will require studies needed in order to evaluate impacts on groundwater hydrogeology, surface water hydrology and hydraulics (flooding) and aquatic ecology, among others. The project is located mostly on the former Walden Farm and Manning Farm properties, located north and south of NYS Route 98 and east, west and south of Cattaraugus County Route 80 (Laidlaw Road), in the Town of Farmersville, Cattaraugus County.

Contact: Kenneth C. Taft, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 128 South Street, Olean, NY 14760-3632, phone: (716) 372-0645.

Notice of Acceptance of a Final EIS

Cattaraugus County - The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has accepted a final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Ungermann Excavating, Inc., Mapes Machias Mine. The action involves the mining of gravel, sand and topsoil from a site to be known as the “Mapes Machias Mine” located on the north and south sides of Brown Road South, approximately 350 feet east of New York State Route 16, in the Town of Machias, Cattaraugus County, New York. The action includes the processing of mined material on site, using a crusher and wash plant, which would have a closed cycle water circulation system with no process water discharge. The mining operations would encompass approximately 107 acres of the 151 acre site which is owned by Donald Mapes. The proposed action also includes the installation of a bridge over Ischua Creek, the relocation of Tributary No. 31 of Ischua Creek to a position along the rail road right-of-way and the elimination by filling and/or excavation of approximately 1.95 acres of federally regulated wetlands. The proposed operations will excavate below the ground water table to eventually create three (3) lakes, sized respectively at: approximately 31 acres located east of Ischua Creek, approximately 16 acres located north of Brown Road and west of Ischua Creek and approximately 20 acres located south of Brown Road. The affected areas of the property outside the proposed lakes would be reclaimed to approximately 24 acres of agricultural land and the remainder to meadows. The estimated life of the mine is 50 years.

Contact: Kenneth C. Taft, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 128 South Street, Olean, NY 14760-3632, phone: (716) 372-0645.


Erie County - The Town of Amherst Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Brandon Woods Apartments. The action involves the construction of a 168 unit apartment complex on approximately 17.79 acres of land. Twenty-one apartment buildings are proposed with 11 garages, and a clubhouse. A total of 371 parking spaces are proposed, of which 96 are in garages.

Contact: Eric W. Gillert, Planning Director, Planning Department, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221, phone: (716) 631-7051.