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Take Action on Colarusso's Mining Expansion Permit Application

A. Colarusso and Son proposes to expand an existing permitted limestone quarry on Becraft Mountain. The project site is located on the east side of Newman Road, south of NYS Route 23B in the Town of Greenport, Columbia County.

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been deemed complete and issued for Public Comment.

The project site is on land leased from the City of Hudson. The property contains a reservoir that is Hudson's back-up water supply.

Write the DEC today for an extension to the Public Comment Period and to express your concerns with this proposal.

Friends of Hudson has identified several issues of concern:

Potential impacts on the City of Hudson's Back-Up Water Supply

Fugitive dust and small particualtes

Vibrations and noise from blasting affecting nearby homes, historic buildings, and other structures in Hudson, Greenport & Claverack

Potential of increased truck traffic

Visual and physical impacts on the landscape as a result of mining activity

For more information read the full text of FoH's statement at the February 28 Public Hearing.

The public should address comments and concerns to the DEC before the comment period closes on Monday March 12, 2007:

Michael Higgins, Deputy Permit Administrator
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Permits
Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady NY 12306

r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us