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Release Date: 12/20/13
Contacts: Daniel Atkinson , 775-623-1500 ,
News Release No. WD 2014-07

Kings Valley Clay Mine Project Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available for Public Comment

Winnemucca, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office, has completed a preliminary environmental assessment (PEA) to analyze the impacts associated with Western Lithium Corp.’s (WLC) Kings Valley Clay Mine Plan of Operations (Plan) to begin mining hectorite clay. The proposed project is located approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest of Orovada in Humboldt County, Nevada. The public is invited to provide substantive comments on the PEA until the comment period ends January 19, 2014.

WLC is currently authorized to conduct exploration activities that could produce up to 75 acres of surface disturbance. WLC’s Plan proposes to develop an open-pit clay mine at the project site, waste rock disposal areas, roads and other facilities that would result in approximately 110 acres of total disturbance. Clay ore would be selectively mined from two open-pits and stockpiled on-site in a designated ore-grade stockpile area. The ore-grade clay would be sold to an end-user or hauled to an off-site facility for further processing. The operation would employ approximately 14 people and have a lifespan of approximately 23 years, including the land being returned to the pre-mining uses.

A copy of the PEA is available for public review during regular business hours at the Winnemucca District Office. Copies of the PEA, scoping letter, and maps are also available on the NEPA Register through BLM’s ePlanning website located at:

Public comments may be submitted via regular mail to: Daniel Atkinson, Attn: Kings Valley Clay Mine, BLM Humboldt River Field Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca NV 89445-2921 or via e-mail to E-mail messages should include “WLC Kings Valley Clay Mine (Atkinson)” in the subject line.

Comments submitted for this project, including names and addresses of commentors will be available for public review at the Winnemucca District Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

For further information please contact Daniel Atkinson, Project Lead, at 775- 623-1500.

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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