Hearing Wednesday on Bridgehampton Mine Expansion

Morgan McGivern

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday in Bridgehampton on a proposed expansion of a mining permit for the Sand Land Corporation, which operates a mine south of the Bridge Golf Club. 

The Sand Land Corporation, also known as Wainscott Sand and Gravel, already operates what the Citizens Campaign for the Environment calls a "massive land mine" at the site on Millstone Road in northern Bridgehampton. It covers 50 acres and goes down to a depth of 80 feet, according to a release from the group, which opposed the expansion. (The company corporation also owns a now defunct sand mine in Wainscott.)

The application calls for mining an additional 4.9 acres and excavating an additional 40 feet in depth.

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Administrative Law Judge will preside over the hearing at 6 p.m. in the Bridgehampton Community House at 2357 Montauk Highway.

The mine is located in one of Suffolk County's six special groundwater protection areas. "Despite its permitted use as a sand mine, the facility has been used for compositing, storing mulching, and dumping construction and demolition material since the 1980s," according to the Citizens Campaign.

The mine has been permitted since 1981.

The written comment period will remain open until Nov. 21. Correspondance may be sent to the N.Y.S.D.E.C. Region 1, attention Mark Carrara, Deputy Permit Administrator, SUNY Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook 11790.