ENB - REGION 8 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Negative Declaration

Genesee County - The Batavia City School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Capital Improvements Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves proposed improvements at the Batavia Middle School which include an approximately 28,000 s.f. two-story addition with six classrooms and a mechanical room on the upper floor, and technology and music departments, locker rooms, toilet rooms, and storage rooms on the ground floor. Various rooms, including the kitchen/cafeteria, classrooms, and faculty rooms, will be relocated. Renovation and replacement work is proposed throughout the building including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, lighting, interior finishes, ceilings, flooring, asbestos abatement, communications, and Americans with Disabilities Act-related work. The main entrance steps will be replaced, and a snow melt system will be installed. Other exterior work includes: restoring masonry and replacing lintels, repaving of the parking lot and adding four parking spaces, and rotating the existing soccer field to accommodate the addition.

Proposed improvements at Robert Morris Elementary School include: replacement of boilers, various electrical, HVAC, communications replacement work, asbestos abatement, renovation of four toilet rooms, and replacement of metal storage cabinets.

Proposed improvements at the Richmond Memorial Library include replacement of the boiler system, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work, asbestos abatement, reconstruction of steps and ramp and the addition of a snow melt system, and repair of slate roof and flashings.

Contact: Scott Rozanski, Batavia City School District, 39 Washington Street, P.O. Box 677, Batavia, NY 14021 (585) 343-2480.


Positive Declaration

Wayne County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed review of a Mining Permit application for the renewal and modification of an existing mined-land use plan (MLUP) for the Abram Cleason Co., Inc. Palmer Road sand and gravel mine in the towns of Palmyra and Arcadia, Wayne Co., NY (Project Number: 8-5499-00027/00001 - MLR#: 80080) may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The Abram Cleason Co. has made application to modify their current MLUP for the Palmer Road pit by adding new minable reserves to the currently approved 29.6 acre permitted area. The modification would add approximately 628.0 acres of sand and gravel reserves, to be mined in 9 (nine) sequential phases over 50+ years of the operational life of the mine. Processing of excavated material will include crushing, screening and washing, using portable equipment which will follow mining activity through each phase. Concurrent reclamation in each phase will restore affected acreage to re-graded, stabilized and re-vegetated open land, suitable for agricultural or other development uses. Also proposed is the construction of a new mine access road in the SE corner of the Cleason property. The mine site is located on Cleason property between Port Gibson Road and the Palmyra / Arcadia town line, north of State Rt. 31.

Reasons Supporting This Determination:

There will be a permanent loss of approximately 40 million cubic yards of excavated sand and gravel over the operational life of the mine. This impact is unavoidable if the mine is to operate as intended. Although mitigation is proposed by utilizing phased mining, the cumulative effects of mining throughout this acreage has the potential for a significant impact, and evaluation in the context of a DEIS is warranted and justified.

The project is situated wholly within Agricultural District No. 3 and the EAF has identified 626.3 acres of the modification acreage as being classified within soil groups 1 - 4 of the NYS Land Classification System. As a result, virtually the entire proposed modification area is comprised of classified agricultural soils with the second highest agricultural assessment value in Wayne County. Notwithstanding a concurrent reclamation plan that re-establishes potential agricultural use as mining is completed in each phase, the long-term potential impacts to agricultural resources satisfies the significance criteria in 6 NYCRR Part 617.7(c)(1)(viii) and evaluation in the context of a DEIS is warranted and justified.

Other environmental elements associated with the significant and long-term expansion of this mine have been identified preliminarily. Potential adverse impacts to these resources have not been specifically identified at this time from the information and application documents currently available. However, the inclusion of these potential topics within the scope of issues to be discussed in the DEIS will allow for an assessment of the likelihood that these adverse impacts may occur from the project, and if they are likely to occur, how significant they may be. These items include, but may not be limited to:

Contact: John L. Cole, NYS DEC, 6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414, phone: (585) 226-5395, E-Mail: jlcole@gw.dec.state.ny.us.