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Release Date: 10/12/12
Contacts: Chris Worthington , 775-635-4144 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2012-31

BLM Releases Final EIS for the Mount Hope Moly Project

Battle Mountain, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Eureka Moly, LLC’s Mount Hope Molybdenum Mine. The BLM will issue a final decision after a 30-day comment period is completed.

The proposed mine would be located in central Nevada about 23 miles northwest of Eureka, near U.S. Highway 278. The project would include a power transmission line, a water well field, and all associated mine-processing facilities. If approved, the mine is expected to have a project life of nearly 80 years, including work associated with reclamation.  It is estimated that the proposed project would provide an average of about 400 jobs with a peak employment of 615 personnel during construction. The proposed project would be located on 8,092 acres of public land and 263 acres of private land.  Molybdenum is a valuable mineral used in the manufacture of steel alloys.

“After a thorough environmental review, I am pleased to announce that the Final EIS has been completed,” said Christopher Cook, Field Manager for the Mount Lewis Field Office. “The BLM has worked extensively with the Cooperating Agencies and the public to produce a comprehensive review of the proposed project. In particular, the BLM appreciates Eureka County’s extraordinary efforts to work collaboratively with the BLM in the preparation of this Final Environmental Impact Statement.”
The Mount Hope Final EIS is posted on the Battle Mountain BLM website at:

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