DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Gold Hill Project, Nye County, Nevada
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior
COOPERATING AGENCY: Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the Proposed Plan of Operations for Gold Hill Project and notice of scoping period.
SUMMARY: Round Mountain Gold Corporation (RMGC) has submitted a 43 CFR 3809 Plan of Operations to the BLM for the proposed mining project. Pursuant to section 102 (2) (c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 40 Code of Federal Regulations subparts 1500-1508, and 43 Code of Federal Regulations subpart 3809, notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Station, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS), Tonopah Ranger District as a cooperating agency, will be directing the preparation of an EIS for the Gold Hill Project, a proposed gold mine located on public lands in Nye County, Nevada. A third party contractor will prepare the EIS under the direction of the BLM.
DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be post-marked or otherwise delivered by 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2004 to ensure full consideration. Public scoping meetings will be held in Hadley (Round Mountain) on Wednesday, May 12th at the Donald L. Simpson Community Center, 650 Civic Drive, at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. and in Tonopah on Thursday, May 13th at the Tonopah Convention Center, 301 Brougher Avenue, at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
ADDRESS: Scoping comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Battle Mountain Field Office, Attention: George Deverse, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the Tonopah Field Station, Tonopah, Nevada, during regular business hours, and may be published as part of the EIS. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Deverse at the BLM Tonopah address or call (775) 482-7800.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Round Mountain Gold Corporation has submitted a Plan of Operations (43 CFR 3809) for a gold mine (the Gold Hill Project), located 7 miles east of the town of Carvers, Nevada. The historic Gold Hill mine and mill operated in the 1930’s within the proposed Gold Hill project area. The proposed Gold Hill Project is located in Nye County, Nevada, on public lands in sections 28, 29, 32, and 33, T. 11 N., R. 44 E., and sections 4, 5 and 6, T. 10 N., R. 44 E., Mount Diablo Meridian. The Project would disturb approximately 1,600 acres of public land. Major facilities at the proposed mine include two open pits of 380 acres and 105 acres in size. Gold-bearing ore and waste rock would be drilled, blasted, loaded and hauled from the open pits. Lower-grade gold ore would be loaded on the heap leach pad (280 acres) for chemical dissolution of the gold by a solution of sodium cyanide. Higher-grade ore would be trucked to a mill at the existing Round Mountain Gold mine located 5 miles to the south of the Gold Hill Project. Waste rock would be hauled to a waste rock dump (640 acres). A process plant (25 acres) for extraction of the gold and a network of access and haul roads (170 acres) comprise most of the planned disturbance.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Tonopah Ranger District will be a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. Other Federal, State of Nevada, local agencies, tribal entities and public organizations that may be interested in or affected by the proposed action are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request, or be requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency.