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Waste Management of New York, LLC - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) Lead Agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Western Expansion of the Chaffee Landfill located in the Town of Sardinia, Erie County. The proposed Western Expansion would be located immediately to the west of the existing landfill. The existing Chaffee Landfill is about 50.93 acres in size and is located approximately 2500 feet southwest of NYS Route 16 and Hand Road. The overall, conceptual Western Expansion, as described in the draft EIS, has a proposed new waste footprint of 52.5 acres and a waste overliner of 14.9 acres. The current permit applications relate only to the new waste footprint of 52.5 acres and 3.5 acres of waste overliner. A future permit proceeding would be necessary to authorize use of the remaining 11.4 acre waste overliner area. As part of the project, a 19.6 acre mine is proposed to be developed to the north of Hand Road which would provide approximately 900,000 cubic yards of soil material necessary for the expansion. There are approximately 0.70 acres of proposed impacts to federal wetlands and construction of a wetland mitigation area of 2.15 acres adjacent to NYSDEC regulated Freshwater Wetland SD-1 would be required. Currently, Waste Management of New York, LLC operates the Chaffee Landfill for the disposal of municipal solid waste and non-hazardous commercial and industrial wastes. The existing Solid Waste Permit allows the facility to receive 600,000 tons of waste per year. As presently proposed, the Western Expansion would have the same waste acceptance limit. The projected capacity of the proposed Western Expansion in the new 56 acre footprint is about 8,300,000 cubic yards. It is anticipated that this part of the expansion area will be operated over a 10 to 15 year time frame, after which a final cover system will be installed over the landfill, unless a permit is later issued for the undeveloped 11.4 acre overliner area.
A legislative hearing on the applications and the Draft EIS will be held to receive unsworn statements from the public on June 20, 2005 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. All interested parties may submit written comments at the hearing or by mail no later than July 1, 2005. A pre-adjudicatory issues conference will be held on July 25, 2005 at 9:00am. All petitions for party status must be received by 4:00pm on July 15, 2005.
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