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DEC says expansion of mine in Barre won’t have negative environmental impact

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 April 2019 at 8:29 am

BARRE – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that the proposed Keeler Wilson Quarry Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The DEC announced the decision on Wednesday. The public can comment on the mine’s expansion until May 3.

Keeler Construction has applied to expand an existing dolomite quarry by 23.9 acres at 14120 West Lee Rd.

The life-of-mine area would increase to 341.8 acres and the Permit Term area to 192.9 acres. No changes to the current mining methods or production equipment are proposed, the DEC said.

Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has determined that the proposed activity will have no adverse impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures, according to the DEC report.

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the contact person no later than May 3. The contact person is Robert B. Call, NYSDEC Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 E Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414, or by phone (585) 226-2466, and email DEP.R8@dec.ny.gov.

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