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ENB Multiregion and Statewide Completed Applications 08/14/2002

Multiple Counties
Applicant: Cargill Inc
15407 McGinty Road West
Wayzata, MN 55391-2399
Facility: Cayuga Salt Mine
191 Portland Pt Rd
South Lansing, NY 14882-
Application ID: 0-9999-00075/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation
Project is Located: Several Counties throughout the State
Project Description:
Cargill, Inc. has requested approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Office of General Services to expand its salt mining operation under Cayuga Lake by 5,056 acres.  The material proposed for removal lies approximately 2,000 feet below Cayuga Lake.  Cargill's operation, which removes approximately 3,300 tons per day, would remain unchanged. No other changes in Cargill's surface operations or mining methods are proposed.

In accordance with Article 7, Section 84 of the Public Lands Law and consent granted by the Board of Commissioners of the Land Office of the State of New York on June 20, 1938, modified and extended by the Office of General Services by permits and orders dated April 5,1974, April 1, 1984, and January 12, 1995, Cargill and its predecessor, Cayuga Rock Salt Company, Inc., has consent to mine rock salt from approximately 4, 425 acres of lands of the State of New York under the water of Cayuga Lake.  Pursuant to Paragraph 7 of the consent grated by OGS on January 12, 1995, Cargill proposes an enlargement of the consent area by the inclusion of a total of 5,056 additional acres of State owned lands to the north and south of the existing consent area.  Cargill has had a NYSDEC Mined Land Reclamation permit for its operations since the advent of the Mined Land Reclamation Law.  In addition to the inclusion of additional acreage as described above, the proposal involves the renewal of the last mining permit issued to Cargill.  The existing mine and proposed area include lands of the State of New York located in the Towns of Ithaca, Ulysses, and  Lansing, Tompkins County and the Town of Covert, Seneca County.

A draft permit is available for review.
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: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
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 Sep 16 2002.
Contact: Michael K Barylski
NYSDEC Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office
1285 Fisher Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607)753-3095
mkbaryls@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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