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Battle Mountain Office
Release Date: 06/21/12
Contacts: Jon Sherve , 775-635-4164 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2012-26

BLM Announces the Record of Decision and Amended Plan of Operations Approval for Newmont's Phoenix Copper Leach Project

Battle Mountain, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office issued a Record of Decision to approve Newmont Mining Corporation’s Phoenix Copper Leach Project and approve the amendment to the plan of operations for the Phoenix Mine Project.

“After a long permitting process, I am pleased to announce the approval of this important copper processing project,” said Douglas Furtado, District Manager for the Battle Mountain District. “Our diligence will ensure the Copper Leach Project was permitted in an environmentally responsible manner.”

“The Phoenix Copper Leach Project is expected to create 150 to 250 temporary construction jobs for two years and 40 to 50 new permanent jobs at the Phoenix Mine project,” said Furtado. “These jobs are needed in Nevada to continue improving the State’s economic recovery,” he added.

The Phoenix Copper Leach Project will disturb 902 acres of public lands within the Phoenix Mine Plan of Operations which is located 15 miles southwest of Battle Mountain. The overall Phoenix Mine will encompass 8,125 acres of Public and Newmont owned lands.

The Phoenix Copper Leach Project, Record of Decision and approved Amendment to the Plan of Operations are posted on the Battle Mountain BLM website at:

For further information on the Phoenix Copper Leach Project or to obtain a printed copy of the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements or the ROD contact Jon Sherve, Assistant Field Manager, Non-Renewable Resources at (775)635-4164 or email Jon at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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