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Release Date: 12/26/13
Contacts: Joseph Moskiewicz , 775-635-4127 ,
News Release No. 2014-08

BLM Seeks Public Comments on the Environmental Assessment for the North Waste Rock Facility Project near Beowawe

Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mount Lewis Field Office is seeking public comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed modification to existing operations within the Cortez Gold Mines Operations Area located 24 miles south of Beowawe, in Lander and Eureka Counties, Nev. Comments will be accepted through Jan. 27. 2014.  
Barrick Cortez, Inc. has submitted an Amendment to the Plan of Operations. The amended project would include reconfiguration of the North Waste Rock Facility, stormwater diversion and power line relocation, conveyor corridor disturbance, and development of an oxide ore stockpile on top of the North Waste Rock Facility. The proposal also includes relocation of refractory ore to Barrick’s Goldstrike Mill over a period of eight years, construction of a potable water well and pipeline, construction of electrical capacitors and power lines, and installation of rangeland fence adjacent to a segment of County Road 225.
Written comments received during this 30-day comment period will be considered during the decision-making process.  The EA may be viewed online by going to: then select the National NEPA Register Page at the bottom of the screen, or a printed copy can be picked up at the Battle Mountain District Office at 50 Bastian Road in Battle Mountain.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised, that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public view your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Questions and written comments should be mailed to Joseph Moskiewicz, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, BLM, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820 or emailed to   For further information Moskiewicz can be reached at (775) 635‑4127.

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: 04-20-2015