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Release Date: 11/23/12
Contacts: Dorothy Harvey , 775-635-4040 ,
News Release No. 2013-02

BLM Approves the Mount Hope Moly Mine Project in Central Nevada

Battle Mountain, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office signed the Record of Decision (ROD) approving the Eureka Moly LLC’s Mount Hope Molybdenum Mine in central Nevada about 23 miles northwest of Eureka near U.S. Highway 278 on public and private land in Eureka County. The mine will provide an average 400 long-term jobs in the area with a peak employment of 615 personnel during construction activities. 

“This decision represents a culmination of extensive coordination with the public and our cooperating agencies, including Eureka County, the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Nevada Department of Wildlife,” said Christopher Cook, Field Manager for the Mount Lewis Field Office. “We greatly appreciate all the effort that has been put forth throughout the process to make this project both an economic and environmental success through numerous design features and continued monitoring and mitigation to address emergent issues in the future.”

The BLM selected the Preferred Alternative identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which includes an open-pit mine with associated pit dewatering, a 230-kilovolt transmission line, a water well field, and all related mine-processing facilities. The surface disturbance associated with the mine is about 8,092 acres of public land and 263 acres of private land located within a 22,886-acre project area. The project life of the mine includes an 18- to 24-month construction phase, 44 years of mining and ore processing, 30 years of reclamation, and 5 years of monitoring.

The ROD was signed on November 16. The FEIS was made available to the public on October 12, 2012. The Mount Hope FEIS and ROD are posted on the Battle Mountain BLM website at:

For further information on the Mount Hope Project or to obtain a printed copy of the FEIS or ROD, please contact Gloria Tibbetts, Planning and Environmental Coordinator at (775) 635-4060 or email Gloria 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.

Last updated: 04-14-2015