U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-23
FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2008
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386; mbrown@nv.blm.gov

PROPOSED GENESIS-BLUESTAR MINE EXPANSION PROJECT
OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED

An open house will be held Wednesday, April 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, to discuss a proposed amendment to Newmont Mining Corporation’s Plan of Operations for Bluestar-Genesis, an open pit gold mine in Eureka County, Nevada. 

The proposed amendment is called the Genesis Project and includes seven main components: expansion of two open pits, development of a new open pit, backfilling of four open pit excavations, expansion of two waste rock facilities, construction of new haul roads and access roads, processing of 60 million tons of ore, and twelve additional years of mining employment and economic activity in the local area. The amendment involves 43 acres of new disturbance, including 24 acres of public land and 19 acres of private land.

The Genesis-Bluestar Plan of Operations has been in operation since the mid 1990s in the central portion of the Carlin Trend, one of the most prolific gold-producing regions in the world. The proposed amendment could add 12 years of mining and employment.

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, dewatering, socioeconomics, and mercury emissions. Cumulative impacts will also be addressed.

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 Kirk Laird by phone - (775) 753-0200, by email - klaird@nv.blm.gov or by mail - 3900 East Idaho St., Elko NV, 89801.

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Last updated: 05-12-2008