DATE: June 1, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2004-41
PROPOSED EMIGRANT MINE PROJECT OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED
An open house will be held Wednesday, June 16th, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the BLM Elko
Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, to discuss the proposed Plan of Operations for
the Newmont Mining Corporation’s proposed Emigrant Project in Elko County, Nevada.
The proposed Emigrant Mine would be located about ten miles south of Carlin, Nevada,
and would include developing and operating an open pit mine; constructing a waste rock disposal
facility, storing oxide waste in mined out areas of the pit; developing an oxide heap leach pad;
constructing ancillary facilities; temporarily rerouting intermittent stream and flows in the pit area;
and concurrent reclamation. Proposed mining operations would last for approximately 9 years
through the year 2013. About 1172 acres of public land and 260 acres of private land would be
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared to analyze impacts of the
proposed mining operations. The issues expected to be analyzed in the EIS include potential
impacts to wildlife and cultural resources; the potential for waste rock, heap leach, and pit walls to
produce acid rock drainage or heavy metals; and diversion of an unnamed drainage. Cumulative
impacts will also be addressed. In addition, the following resources will be analyzed: geology and
minerals, Native American religious concerns, air quality, paleontology, lands and realty, fisheries
and aquatic resources, range management, vegetation, soils, visual resources, recreation and
wilderness, weeds, social and economic values, environmental justice, and threatened, endangered,
candidate, and sensitive resources.
A range of alternatives (including, but not limited to, alternative reclamation measures and
the no-action alternative) will be developed to address the issues. Mitigating measures will be
considered to minimize environmental impacts and to assure the proposed action does not result in
undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands.
The purpose of the open house is to give the public an opportunity to get more information
about the proposed project and to voice any issues and concerns they want analyzed in the EIS.
Federal, state and local agencies and other individuals or organizations who may be interested in or
affected by BLM’s decision on the proposed Emigrant Plan of Operations are invited to participate
in the scoping process.
For questions or more information about the project, please contact Tom Schmidt by phone
- (775) 753-0200, by email – Tom_Schmidt@nv.blm.gov, or by mail - 3900 Idaho St., Elko, NV,