About the Quarry
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Environment

Protecting the environment is an integral part of our operations. The quarry is subject to detailed environmental regulations administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our performance goal is to meet or exceed all of the environmental regulations that govern our operations.

 

Reducing Dust:

Reducing dust from our operations is a key initiative of our environmental efforts. Over the past five years, we have invested nearly $600,000 to improve the dust control systems in place at the quarry.


Dust suppression efforts include:

  • Installing a $150,000 quarry wheel wash system so that all trucks are rinsed off to reduce the buildup of dirt and rock on nearby roads.
  • Watering roadways during dry periods to suppress dust.
  • Minimizing the distance of vertical drops and tumbling of materials during truck loading.
  • Using manufacturer-installed dust collectors on all of the drilling rigs to reduce the escape of dust.
  • Maintaining a speed limit of 15 miles per hour or less at all times to minimize potential dust kick-up.

 


Controlling Noise:

Controlling noise is also a focus at the quarry. We work to reduce the noise produced by our activities and to muffle that noise.


Noise containment efforts include:

  • Installing and maintaining sound mufflers on engine driven equipment.
  • Constructing berms and retaining perimeter vegetation to dampen noise.

 

 

Managing Storm Water and Erosion:

Our quarry is designed to limit erosion and siltation, when sediment such as clay, sand or rocks enter waterways. Our plan is to keep water and excess sediment in the mine itself by intercepting and channeling runoff to the floor of the quarry. Any discharges from the quarry go through a permitted water outfall which we monitor closely and routinely test to ensure the water meets quality standards.


Our storm water and erosion management tactics are guided by the use of best management practices (BMPs). These are measures designed to prevent or minimize the potential for erosion and sedimentation by storm water discharges. They can include the design of structural features in the quarry as well as operational practices to prevent or reduce storm water contamination.

 

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