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MINING CONCERNS TO BE AIRED

Gravel mining company representatives will discuss environmental impacts and community concerns with members of the Cattaraugus County Planning Board's Special Projects Subcommittee in a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight. in the Franklinville Town Hall.

At a similar meeting in Machias in July, municipal officials told the panel's members they feel zoning ordinances are helpful and they would welcome information and assistance in controlling mining's growth along the Route 16 and Route 98 corridors.

The subcommittee is gathering information for use in a mining review ordered by the Cattaraugus County Legislature.

Last April the legislature found that more than 4,300 acres of land is held for gravel, sand and topsoil extraction in the corridor and requested the planning board study growth issues and recommend alternatives to mitigate adverse impacts on the surrounding communities.

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