Region 4 SEQR and Other Notices Region 4 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 4 Completed Applications 01/15/2003

Rensselaer County

Applicant: Lancaster Development Inc
PO Box 189
Cobleskill, NY 12043 -0189
Facility: Lancaster Development West Sand Lake Pit
Off Rt 43
West Sand Lake, NY 12196
Application ID: 4-3840-00008/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation
Project is Located: Sand Lake, Rensselaer County
Project Description:
The applicant has applied for a renewal of an existing mining permit.  The Department intends to treat this renewal as a new application and to modify the permit for the West Sand Lake Pit, (permit held by Lancaster Development Corporation, facility operated by Troy Sand and Gravel Inc.).  The modification is the result of:  1) continuing noise, blast vibration, effect on water wells and dust complaints by residents of the community of West Sand Lake which is adjacent to the mine,  2) material new information from studies of facility operations and impacts, and 3) non-compliance with the existing SAPA extended mining permit.  Proposed modifications include:  1) added dust control conditions, 2) requirement for quarterly hydrogeologic monitoring, 3) imposition of restricted hours of operations, and 4) updated blasting conditions which incorporate a revised blast design and continues to limit blasting to ten blasts per year, and no more than two blasts per month, between March and November of each calendar year.  the mine site is located northeast of the intersection of NYS Route 43 and NYS Route 150 in the Town of West Sand Lake, Rensselaer County.  Comments on the proposed draft modified permit will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this notice.  A legislative public comment hearing will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the Algonquin Middle School, Route 66, in Averill Park.  The application, draft permit, and supporting documentation are available at the Sand Lake Library for review.  All interested parties are welcome to attend and provide verbal comments on the pending modification and draft permit.  Written comments may be mailed to the contact person below and must be received within 30 days of the date of this notice.  Comments should include specific information relative to the draft permit or current/proposed operation of the mine.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
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 Feb 14 2003.
Contact: Nancy M Adams
NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1150 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518)357-2069
nmadams@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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