DEC grants permit to Cargill for mine shaft construction

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has granted a permit to the Cargill Cayuga Salt Mine to construct a new $42 million mine shaft, one month after officials contested new permits for mining under Cayuga Lake.

The DEC does not believe the construction of the new mine shaft would cause any problems.

"DEC carefully reviewed and considered all comments and determined that the proposed project by Cargill Inc. will not have a significant adverse environmental impact and meets DEC standards for permit issuance," DEC spokeswoman Kerry McElroy said.

As the salt mine expects to add 12.3 surface acres, it also will be adding a ventilation and access shaft that goes down 2,500 feet. Mine shaft 4 will be located north of the current Portland Point facility.

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