Comment period open on additional environmental review for the Mount Hope Project in Eureka County
Battle Mountain, NV – The Bureau of Land Management, Mount Lewis Field Office, has published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Mount Hope Mine Project located roughly 23 miles northwest of the town of Eureka. This publication in the Federal Register starts a public comment period for the SEIS that will end on April 22, 2019.
The Draft SEIS for the proposed molybdenum mine and related development is a response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s remand decision for further action on issues identified in its December 28, 2016, decision. The Draft SEIS includes the following: 1) an explanation of the usage of baseline values of zero for several air pollutants; 2) a quantitative cumulative air quality impacts analysis; and 3) a clarification of the status of certain springs and water holes under Executive Order Public Water Reserve No. 107.
The BLM signed a record of decision, approved a mine plan of operations and issued right-of-way grants on November 16, 2012. The project consists of a proposed molybdenum mine including a power transmission line, a water well field, and all associated facilities to be located on public land administered by the BLM Mount Lewis Field Office and on private land controlled by Eureka Moly, LLC. The project will utilize an open pit mining method and will process the mined ore using a flotation and roasting process. When completed, a total of 8,618 acres of disturbance would occur within the 23,065-acre project area. Molybdenum is used in steel alloys, including high-strength alloys and super alloys.
The Draft SEIS and other relevant documents have been made available at https://go.usa.gov/xUhRK. Public comments will be accepted through April 22, 2019, and may be submitted in one of the following ways:
- Email: email@example.com
- Mail: Kevin Hurrell
Attn: Mt Hope Draft SEIS – Project Manager
50 Bastian Road
Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820
- Fax: 775-635-4034
The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.