BLM seeks public comment on proposed plan amendment for Mineral Ridge Mine

TONOPAH, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Tonopah Field Office, has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the proposed Custer Amendment to the Plan of Operations for Mineral Ridge Mine, located roughly five miles northwest of Silver Peak in Esmeralda County, Nevada.

Changes would include expanding the approved Plan of Operations boundary by 1,396 acres (allowing disturbance in different areas than previously planned) while only increasing the total authorized disturbance area by approximately 17 acres, including new exploration disturbance. Other changes include constructing an ore storage pad, mill and potable water treatment plant; developing three pits and associated underground workings; expanding the existing leach pad and conversion to a dry-stack tailings storage facility; and modifications to existing waste rock dumps, crushing facilities, pits and pit backfill.

The EA can be viewed at Written comments can be submitted until April 5, 2018 at 4:30 P.M. to the Tonopah Field Office, P.O. Box 911 (1553 S. Main St.), Tonopah NV 89049; or emailed to

If you have questions you may contact Darin McDoniel, Mining Engineer, (775) 482-7831,; or Joy Fatooh, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, (775) 482-7835,

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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