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Judge OKs new Frontier Stone quarry in Shelby

SHELBY – An administrative law judge for the state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a proposal by Frontier Stone to open a new 215.5-acre stone quarry in southern Shelby, adjoining the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

Judge D. Scott Bassinson found in a ruling dated July 27 that none of the objections raised by opponents of the project, including the Shelby Town Board and a group of citizens, were serious enough to hold up the project.

Complaints raised included vibration from blasting, noise, impact on local wildlife and possible damage to plans to construct a semiconductor plant in northern Genesee County, about five miles from the quarry site. The ruling noted that in some instances, the company had altered its application to take objections into account.

Bassinson gave the opponents until Aug. 18 to appeal his order. Otherwise, he is directing the DEC staff to complete its environmental review of the project and issue a permit to Frontier Stone. The quarry is projected to last 75 years.

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