Scrap metal recycler wins town of Ulster's OK for new facility
TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — The Town Board voted unanimously Thursday to grant Millens Recycling a special use permit to build a new scrap metal recycling facility on Kieffer Lane.
Town Supervisor James Quigley said conditions have been attached to the approval to assure that the planned recycling center does not become an environmental problem.
“I want to assure the community the town of Ulster Town Board and town of Ulster Planning Board has expressed deep concern about the operation of this facility in our town and we believe we have taken all adequate steps required to protect the town of Ulster from any future potential harm,” he said.
Millens plans to demolish a 20,000-square foot section of an existing 51,750-square-foot block building and possibly demolish an existing 7,000-square-foot open frame shed on the site. The company would then build a 16,000-square-foot addition that would be set back about 135 feet from East Chester Street Bypass/U.S. Route 9W.
The permit conditions include:
• Payment of an annual $2,400 fee to cover six inspections, including two unannounced inspections.
• Groundwater testing prior to construction to establish a baseline and to determine the location of two monitoring wells.
• A contribution of $40,000 from Millens toward the formation of a town stormwater district and agreement to monitor stormwater runoff, even though operations are not expected to be conducted outside.
• An agreement that the special permit can be revoked if the company does not comply with state or local regulations.
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