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Draft Negative Declaration

Albany County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Helderberg Bluestone & Marble, Grippy Quarry Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Helderberg Bluestone & Marble proposes to continue mining and processing bluestone, "Hamilton Bed Sandstone" from a property located in the Town of Berne, Albany County, east of Cole Rd and South of Grippy Rd. The 58 acre Life of Mine (includes haul roads, stock piles, and processing area), is located on a 166 acre property, 16 acres have already been mined. The site will be reclaimed to vacant grassland, all topsoil and subsoil presently existing at the site will be used in reclamation. The site will be mined in 2 phases the first being 30 acres and the second 28 acres. Operations will continue much as they are presently, blue stone will be extracted by blasting, which will occur every one to two weeks during the time the mine is operating, cutting quality stone will be taken to the saw room for cutting, and poorer quality material will be crushed and sold as aggregate. Site access will be by the existing haul road to Cole Rd. Reclamation will be done in phases, with the reclamation of phase 1 commencing prior to the start of mining in phase 2. The project is located east of Cole Rd and South of Grippy Rd. in the Town of Bern.

Contact: Wendy DuBois, NYS DEC 1150 North Westcott St, Schenectady, NY 12306, phone: (518) 357-2469.