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Release Date: 03/21/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-034

Elko District BLM releases EA on proposed Midas Mine expansion

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office is releasing for a 30-day public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed construction of support facilities for Newmont Mining Corporation’s (Newmont) Midas underground mine located near Midas, Nev.

Newmont proposes to construct and operate up to seven ventilation raises, access roads, power lines, and 25 acres of surface exploration for the underground mining operation at the Midas Mine. The new raises are needed to provide additional ventilation as the underground mine expands. New access roads and transmission lines are needed to provide access and power to the new vent raises. Twenty-five acres would be used for future surface exploration projects.

The existing Midas operation consists of an underground mine, waste rock area, crushing plant, conventional mill, refinery, cyanide destruction circuit, tailings impoundment, two settling ponds and various ancillary facilities. Commercial production commenced in 1999 at a rate of 600 tons ore body per day and has gradually increased to approximately 1,000 tons per day. Newmont acquired the Midas Mine in 2002.

To review the EA and associated maps, please visit our website at For more information, questions or comments, please contact John Daniel, project manager, at (775) 753-0277 or by email 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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