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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Winnemucca District
 
Release Date: 03/07/14
Contacts: Victor Lozano , 775-623-1516 , vlozano@blm.gov
News Release No. WDO 2014-07

Kings Valley Clay Mine Project Final Environmental Assessment Decision Record Issued


Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office (HRFO) has issued a Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the analysis provided in the Western Lithium Corporation (WLC), Kings Valley Clay Mine project, Environmental Assessment (EA). 
 
The DR selects the Proposed Action, subject to all recommended mitigation. Upon approval of the Plan of Operations, WLC will be able to develop an open-pit hectorite clay mine that will result in approximately 110 acres of total disturbanceClay ore will be selectively mined from two open-pits and stockpiled on-site in a designated ore-grade stockpile area. The ore-grade clay will be sold to an end-user or hauled to an off-site facility for further processing. The operation will employ approximately 14 people and have a lifespan of approximately 23 years, including the land being returned to the pre-mining uses.  The project is located approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest of Orovada in Humboldt County, Nevada. Victor W. Lozano, Field Manager for the Humboldt River Field Office, states, “It has been about 20 years since we have had a hectorite clay operation within the Winnemucca District. Knowing that that there other cultural and natural resources in the area, I am pleased with the balanced approached of having a small hard rock mining site that coexists with the other resources.”
 
The EA, DR and FONSI are on the NEPA Register through BLM’s ePlanning website located at:  https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=36375&dctmId=0b0003e8804b1e62 (no spaces).
 
In addition, hardcopies of these documents are available at the HRFO at 5100 East Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, Nevada, 89445, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, or will be provided upon request.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Victor Lozano at (775) 623-1516, or at the above address.


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Last updated: 03-07-2014