BLM seeks public input on proposed expansion of the Colado Mine Project in Nevada

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LOVELOCK, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to expand the Colado Mine Project in Pershing County. BLM has analyzed potential impacts from the proposed modification and expansion of the current 969-acre silica operation across an additional 1,811 public and private acres. This would include new surface disturbance on approximately 355 acres, with 247 of those acres on public lands, as well as additional exploration to determine future mining potential.

The Colado Mine is the world's largest producing plant for diatomite, also known as diatomaceous earth, which is 80-90% silica. Diatomite is commonly used in filters, insulation, industrial absorbents, pet litters, fillers in paints and dry chemicals, and as a silica additive in cement and other compounds.

Additional information and planning documents are available for review on the BLM National NEPA Register, where written comments may be submitted through the “Participate Now” option. Comments may also be delivered to: Colado Mine Project, BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445. The comment period on the preliminary Environmental Assessment will close August 2, 2024.

For more information, please call Project Manager Robert Sevon at 775-623-1500.