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ENB Region 5 Completed Applications 03/13/2002

Essex County
Applicant: Wade Whitney
Alstead Hill
Keene, NY 12942-
Facility: Spruce Hill Pit
Rt 9N
Keene, NY 12942-
Application ID: 5-1530-00008/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation
Project is Located: Keene, Essex County
Project Description:
    The applicant proposes to expand a previously permitted commercial sand and gravel mining operation by increasing the size of the existing permitted life of mine from  4.5 acres to 7.5 acres during the next 5-year permit term.  The projected duration of mining activities at this site is 10 years. The mine site is located on the north side of NYS Route 9N approximately 3,000 feet east of County Road 13.  An average of 20,000 cubic yards of material (maximum of 36,000 cubic yards) is to be extracted annually.  Truck traffic is to range from five to nine loaded trucks per day.  The operation will involve operating a crusher and screening plant, a front-end loader and trucks.  The proposed hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday during the Spring, Summer and Fall.  The site will be reclaimed when extraction activities are completed by grading disturbed areas to stable 2:1 slopes which will be dressed with topsoil, seeded, fertilized and mulched to establish a uniform vegetative cover.
    The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is reviewing this project pursuant to Section 809 of the APA Act  and has assigned it APA Project No. 2001-54.  The APA Contact Person is John Quinn who can be reached at:  Adirondack Park Agency, Route 86, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977; (518) 891-4050.   
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Apr 12 2002.
Contact: Robert P. Forrester
NYSDEC Region 5 Headquarters
Rt 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
(518)897-1234

Washington County
Applicant: Andre Hagadorn
PO Box 225
Whitehall, NY 12887-0225
Facility: Adirondack Natural Stone
Dolph Pond Road 3000 Ft From The Intersection With Sr 4
Whitehall, NY 12887-
Application ID: 5-5352-00060/00002
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation
Project is Located: Whitehall, Washington County
Project Description:
Adirondack Natural Stone is proposing to continue surface mining and processing of a consolidated rock, gneiss, from 17.6 acres of a 160.3 acre property. This activity has taken place at this location for the past 4 years with a total area affected of 7.9 acres to date. The mining will be conducted at a level of intensity that will exceed the specific threshold (more than 1000 tons per year) requiring a permit. Mining would be conducted in 2 phases; the duration each phase would be approximately 5 years. Consolidated materials would be excavated from the existing mining face working away from the existing excavation face and moving out toward the life of mine boundary.  The proposed mining operation will utilize a track hoe, a front end loader, air hammers and hand tools to excavate and finish dimensional building stone. Blasting will be conducted on an as needed basis to exploit existing planes of weakness occurring within the gneiss formation. A 800 foot haul road would provide direct access to Dolph Pond Road (Town of Whitehall).  The processed  material will be drawn from the mine face to the “Commercial Area” where it is finished and palletized for shipment to retail outlets. The pallets will be loaded on trucks and removed from the site via Dolph Pond Road. At maximum capacity the facility will have three loaded tractor trailer trucks per day leaving the mine site. The reclamation objective is to create land suitable for open space. A copy of the application can be reviewed at the Town of Whitehall Planning Board Office or at the NYS DEC Office in Warrensburg. A copy of the negative declaration can be found at the following location http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/enb2002/20020313/not5.html
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management: This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Apr 15 2002.
Contact: George D. Casey
NYSDEC Region 5 Warrensburg Sub-Office
Hudson St Ext|PO Box 220
Warrensburg, NY 12885
(518)623-1281

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