DATE: March 25, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-21
PROPOSED EMIGRANT MINE DRAFT EIS AVAILABLE
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Newmont Mining Corporation’s Emigrant Project. Newmont proposes to initiate mining at the Emigrant Mine which is located approximately ten miles south of Carlin, Nevada. Public comment on the Draft EIS is invited.
The Draft EIS analyzes Newmont’s proposed Plan of Operations and the effects of developing and operating an open pit mine, constructing a waste rock disposal facility, run-of-mine heap leach pad, permanent stream diversion channel, ancillary support facilities, and reclaiming surface disturbances in the Emigrant Mine Project area. The document also addresses concerns that were identified by BLM and/or raised during the public scoping period in 2004. Proposed mining operations would last for approximately nine years through the year 2014. About 1172 acres of public land and 260 acres of private land would be disturbed.
A range of alternatives (including, but not limited to, alternative reclamation measures and the no-action alternative) has been developed to address the concerns and issues that were identified. Mitigating measures were designed to minimize environmental impacts and to assure the proposed action does not result in undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands.
Public comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted during a 60-day comment period ending May 24, 2005. A public open house to accept verbal and written comments is scheduled for April 26, 2005, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada 89801.
Copies of the Draft EIS are available at the BLM Elko Field Office and the document is also available on the BLM Elko website at www.nv.blm.gov/elko .
To comment on the Draft EIS or for questions/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, 89801.