Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Round Mountain Expansion Project, Nye County, NV, 77408-77410 [E6-22059]

Download as PDF 77408 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 26, 2006 / Notices maintain geological and geophysical data and samples to address their preservation and data rescue needs.’’ As the first step in this process, the USGS is requesting that each state provide an assessment of their current collections resources and data preservation needs. This information will provide a snapshot of the diversity of scientific collections held, supported, or used by state geological surveys. The inventory covers geological and geophysical collections including: (1) Physical collections such as cores, rocks, minerals, fossils, and liquid samples (such as oil). (2) Digital collections (such as analyses and well logs) that are/were related to physical collections. (3) Paper and other records (such as microfiche and tapes) that need to be converted to digital format (such as seismic lines and historical geological records). Bureau Form Number: None. Frequency: One time. Description of Respondents: State Geological Surveys. Annual Responses: 50. Annual Burden in Hours: 150. Bureau Clearance Officer: Fred Travnicek, 703–648–7231. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamara Dickinson, U.S. Geological Survey, MS911 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192, (703) 648–6633. P. Patrick Leahy, Associate Director for Geology, U.S. Geological Surveys. [FR Doc. 06–9843 Filed 12–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4311–AM–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–100–07–1310–DB] Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Project, Sublette County, Wyoming ACTION: Notice, correction. AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Interior. SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2006 a Notice of Availability (NOA) of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Project. The NOA contained incorrect information. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Dec 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 section contained an incorrect Web address as to where the document would be available electronically. The DATES section contained unclear and incorrect information. The correct information is provided below. DATES: The Draft SEIS will be available for public comment for 60 days starting on the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. A separate CALGRID airborne ozone report is being prepared by BLM and will be published for public comment following the release of the Draft SEIS; when it is available the report will be available for review at http:// www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/pfodocs/ anticline/seis. Although the comment period for the Draft SEIS will run for 60 days, the public will have a minimum of 45 days to review and comment on the CALGRID airborne ozone report after its release. The two review periods may run concurrently. All comments on the ozone report received by the BLM will be considered official comments on the Draft SEIS. To expedite the preparation of the Final SEIS by the BLM, please submit all comments on the Draft SEIS within the 60 day comment period. To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, the BLM will host a meeting in Pinedale, Wyoming. The BLM will notify the public of the meeting date, time, and location at least 15 days prior to the event. Announcement of the public meeting will be made by news release to the media, individual letter mailings, and posting on the BLM Web site, listed below, if it is available. ADDRESSES: Please send written comments or resource information to the Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, Matt Anderson, Project Manager, 432 East Mill Street, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941. Electronic mail may be sent to: WYMail_PAPA_YRA@blm.gov. The Draft SEIS will be available electronically for viewing or downloading at the following Web site: http://www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/pfodocs/ anticline/seis. Your response is important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. If you do respond, we will keep you informed of decisions resulting from this analysis. Please note that public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, e-mail addresses, and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and ADDRESSES PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, e-mail address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A complete description of the proposed action and the Draft SEIS may be found in the Federal Register; Volume 71, Number 241; December 15, 2006. Dated: December 18, 2006. Donald A. Simpson, Associate State Director. [FR Doc. E6–22001 Filed 12–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NV–060–1990] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Round Mountain Expansion Project, Nye County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI). AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) subparts 1500–1508, and 43 CFR subpart 3809, notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain Field Office, Tonopah Field Station, will be preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Round Mountain Expansion Project located in Nye County, Nevada. The proposal includes expansion of existing facilities at the Round Mountain mine and the development of new mining and leaching facilities at the adjacent Gold Hill ore deposit. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping period. Written comments on the scope of the SEIS should be postmarked or hand delivered to the Tonopah Field Station by 4:30 p.m., no later than 30 days after the date of E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 26, 2006 / Notices publication in the Federal Register to ensure full consideration. The public will be notified of scoping meetings through the local news media at least 15 days prior to the first meeting. ADDRESSES: Written scoping comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Tonopah Field Station, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049, ATTN: George Deverse. Written comments may also be faxed to George Deverse at (775) 482–7810, or submitted in writing to the BLM at one of the scoping meetings. To be most helpful, formal scoping comments should be submitted within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice, although comments will be accepted throughout the development of the SEIS. Comments and documents pertinent to this proposal, including names and street addresses of respondents, may be examined at the Tonopah Field Station, 1553 South Main, Tonopah, NV, during regular business hours (7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays). Comments may be published as part of the SEIS. Your response is important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. If you choose to include your address, phone number, email 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 review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact: George Deverse at the BLM Tonopah address, or call (775) 482–7800. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Round Mountain Gold Corporation (RMGC) has submitted an amended Plan of Operations (NVN–72662) to the BLM for the proposed mining project. A thirdparty contractor will prepare the SEIS under the direction of the BLM. Pursuant to Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations 1502.14(a) and 1502.14(d), in addition to the proposed action, the BLM will explore and objectively evaluate all reasonable alternatives, including the alternative of no action. For the SEIS, the reasonable VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Dec 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 range of alternatives may include partial or full pit backfill. The Round Mountain Expansion Project Amended Plan of Operations (Plan) will be presented to the public during scoping meetings to be held in Round Mountain and Tonopah, Nevada. Informational letters on the Plan will be mailed to interested parties. The Plan will be available for public review at BLM’s Tonopah Field Station. The BLM invites public comment on the scope of the analysis, including issues to consider and alternatives to the proposed action. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis and SEIS alternatives. BLM personnel will be present at the scoping meetings to explain the environmental review process, the mining regulations, and other requirements for processing the proposed Plan amendment and the associated SEIS. Representatives of RMGC will also be available to describe their proposal. You may submit comments on issues in writing to the BLM at the public scoping meetings, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. Comments received and a list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be made available for public inspection. The comment period will remain open for 30 days following each meeting for any participant(s) who wish to clarify their views. The proposed project area is located approximately 55 miles north of Tonopah, Nevada, and is in Mt. Diablo Meridian, Townships 9, 10 and 11 North, Ranges 43 and 44 East. The existing Round Mountain mine project boundary encompasses about 7,263 acres; of which 4,269 acres are administered by the BLM Tonopah Field Station, 133.4 acres are administered by the U.S Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, HumboltToiyabe National Forest, and 1,033.6 acres of patented land are owned by the Smoky Valley Common Operation, which is a joint venture of whollyowned subsidiaries of Kinross Gold Corporation and Barrick Gold Corporation. Current disturbance within this area is approximately 5,436 acres. The road connecting the Round Mountain operation area with the adjacent proposed Gold Hill operation area would be about 1.3 miles in length, and located on land administered by the BLM on mining claims controlled by RMGC. The proposed Round Mountain expansion project would include increasing the existing Round Mountain PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77409 mine plan boundary by 3,122 acres (to a total of 10,385 acres); expanding the Round Mountain pit by approximately 450 feet in depth and by 210 acres in size (to approximately 1,290 acres); expanding the dewatering operations by 3,125 gallons per minute (for a total of 7,525 gallons per minute); conducting underground mining operations within the Round Mountain pit; expanding the North Waste Rock Dump by 746 acres (to approximately 2,584 acres); adding the North Dedicated Leach Pad (a new pad with a footprint of approximately 443 acres), increasing the daily production capacity from 11,000 tons per day to 22,000 tons per day; and increasing tailings disposal capacity by adding 930 new acres of cells (expanded from 677 acres of current disturbance, for a combined footprint of approximately 1,607 acres). Development at the Gold Hill ore deposit would include delineating a Gold Hill disturbance boundary of approximately 4,932 acres; constructing a haul road and utility corridor of about 81 acres between the Round Mountain operation area and the Gold Hill operation area; excavating an open pit with a footprint of approximately 380 acres; creating two waste rock dumps with combined footprints of approximately 553 acres; constructing and operating a heap leach facility and lined solution ponds with a footprint of approximately 280 acres. Depending on economics, the Gold Hill operation may be developed concurrently with the Round Mountain operation or expansion may occur as the Round Mountain pit approaches completion. Construction and operation of the Round Mountain Expansion Project is projected to begin in 2008. Active mining would last approximately 13 years, followed by mine site reclamation, closure, and monitoring. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to develop the SEIS, in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Potential significant direct, indirect, residual, and cumulative impacts from the proposed action will be analyzed in the SEIS. Significant issues to be addressed in the SEIS include dewatering, cultural and Native American concerns, and visual resources. Additional issues may be identified during the scoping process. Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by the BLM’s decision on this plan amendment are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency. E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 77410 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 26, 2006 / Notices Dated: October 30, 2006. Gene Seidlitz, Associate Field Manager, Battle Mountain Field Office. [FR Doc. E6–22059 Filed 12–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [ID–102–2822–JS–C3MG, DBG–07–1001] Notice of Two-Year, Temporary Emergency Closure to motorized vehicle use on the Cherry and Frenchie Fires in Gem, Payette, and Washington Counties, ID AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. 43 CFR Subpart 8364— Closure and Restrictions, 8364.1 (a) states: ‘‘To protect persons, property, and public lands and resources, the authorized officer may issue an order to close or restrict use of designated public lands.’’ In coordination with several livestock grazing permittees and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, all BLM-administered roads within the Cherry and Frenchie Fires of 2006 will be closed to all motorized vehicle travel (e.g., all-terrain vehicles, pickup trucks, motorcycles, sport utility vehicles, snowmobiles, etc.), including existing roads and two-tracks within the perimeter. This action is necessary for the protection of watershed resources and highly erosive soils to allow adequate time to allow for the rehabilitation of the burned area. No motorized vehicle travel into these areas will be allowed, including motorized travel for purposes of retrieval of big game, unless specifically authorized (in writing) by the authorized officer (BLM Four Rivers Field Office Manager). The following acts are exempt from this action: (1) Access within the area by other means (e.g., foot or horseback); (2) persons with a BLM permit or contract specifically authorizing motor vehicle use; (3) owners or lessees of land in the closed area with written authorization; (4) any BLM employee or livestock grazing permittee providing maintenance to a structure or facility; and (5) any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. Extension of the closure order may occur if it is determined that the rehabilitation of the burned area has not been successful. Once rehabilitation of the burned area is determined to be sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Dec 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 successful, motorized vehicle access will resume in accordance with the 1988 Cascade Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision (ROD), opening the area to off-road vehicle use, providing no resource damage occurs. Roads and fire lines will be appropriately signed to inform the public of the closure. This closure will affect the following areas: Subpart 8364.1 Closure and Restriction Orders. In accordance with CFR Title 43, Subpart 8360.0–7, and is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months. Maps of this emergency closure area will be available at the Boise District Office, 3948 Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705. Cherry Fire—29,342 Acres Township 11N, Range 01E, section 35 Township 10N, Range 01E, sections 01–05, 07–11, 14–23, 27–34 Township 10N, Range 01W, section 36 Township 09N, Range 01E, sections 03–11, 14–22, 27–34 Township 09N, Range 01W, sections 01, 12– 14, 21–29, 32–36 Township 08N, Range 01E, sections 03–10, 16–21, 28–32 Township 08N, Range 01W, sections 01–05, 08–29, 34–36 Rosemary Thomas, Field Office Manager, Four Rivers Field Office. [FR Doc. E6–22062 Filed 12–22–06; 8:45 am] Frenchie Fire—6,547 Acres Township 11N, Range 01W, sections 14, 15, 22, 23, 26–28, 31–35 Township 10N, Range 01W, sections 02–11, 14–16 Township 10N, Range 02W, section 01 This emergency closure will be effective immediately and will remain in effect until September 12, 2008. Following the 2-year closure period, road closures after September 12, 2008, will be revisited and decided upon by the authorized officer at that time. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Robbins, Rangeland Management Specialist/Wild Horse and Burro Specialist (208 384–3348), or Mike Barnum, Rangeland Management Specialist (208 384–3218), Bureau of Land Management, 3948 Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM Four Rivers Field Office is responsible for management of public lands within Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington Counties. The management of these lands is addressed in the Cascade RMP ROD, which was signed in 1988. The Cherry Fire started on August 10, 2006, and burned 54,350 acres, of which 29,342 acres are public lands. It was declared contained on August 16, 2006. The Frenchie Fire started on August 21, 2006, and burned 10,610 acres, of which 6,547 acres are public lands. The Frenchie Fire was contained on August 23, 2006. This Emergency Closure is necessary to protect the watershed and allow adequate time for the rehabilitation of the burned area within the Cherry and Frenchie Fires. Authority for this restriction order is contained in CFR Title 43, Subpart 8341.2 and complies with CFR Title 43, DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions Nominations for the following properties being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register were received by the National Park Service before December 9, 2006. Pursuant to § 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60 written comments concerning the significance of these properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation may be forwarded by United States Postal Service, to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW., 2280, Washington, DC 20240; by all other carriers, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1201 Eye St., NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005; or by fax, 202–371–6447. Written or faxed comments should be submitted by January 10, 2007. John W. Roberts, Acting Chief, National Register/National Historic Landmarks Program. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 247 (Tuesday, December 26, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 77408-77410]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[NV-060-1990]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Round Mountain Expansion Project, Nye County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI).

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) subparts 1500-
1508, and 43 CFR subpart 3809, notice is hereby given that the Bureau 
of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain Field Office, Tonopah Field 
Station, will be preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement (SEIS) for the Round Mountain Expansion Project located in 
Nye County, Nevada. The proposal includes expansion of existing 
facilities at the Round Mountain mine and the development of new mining 
and leaching facilities at the adjacent Gold Hill ore deposit.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping period. Written 
comments on the scope of the SEIS should be post-marked or hand 
delivered to the Tonopah Field Station by 4:30 p.m., no later than 30 
days after the date of

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publication in the Federal Register to ensure full consideration. The 
public will be notified of scoping meetings through the local news 
media at least 15 days prior to the first meeting.

ADDRESSES: Written scoping comments should be sent to the Bureau of 
Land Management, Tonopah Field Station, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 
89049, ATTN: George Deverse. Written comments may also be faxed to 
George Deverse at (775) 482-7810, or submitted in writing to the BLM at 
one of the scoping meetings. To be most helpful, formal scoping 
comments should be submitted within 30 days after the date of 
publication of this notice, although comments will be accepted 
throughout the development of the SEIS. Comments and documents 
pertinent to this proposal, including names and street addresses of 
respondents, may be examined at the Tonopah Field Station, 1553 South 
Main, Tonopah, NV, during regular business hours (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays). Comments may be published as 
part of the SEIS.
    Your response is important and will be considered in the 
environmental analysis process. If you choose to include 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 
review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that 
we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations and 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be 
available for public inspection in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact: George Deverse at the BLM 
Tonopah address, or call (775) 482-7800.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Round Mountain Gold Corporation (RMGC) has 
submitted an amended Plan of Operations (NVN-72662) to the BLM for the 
proposed mining project. A third-party contractor will prepare the SEIS 
under the direction of the BLM. Pursuant to Council on Environmental 
Quality (CEQ) regulations 1502.14(a) and 1502.14(d), in addition to the 
proposed action, the BLM will explore and objectively evaluate all 
reasonable alternatives, including the alternative of no action. For 
the SEIS, the reasonable range of alternatives may include partial or 
full pit backfill. The Round Mountain Expansion Project Amended Plan of 
Operations (Plan) will be presented to the public during scoping 
meetings to be held in Round Mountain and Tonopah, Nevada. 
Informational letters on the Plan will be mailed to interested parties. 
The Plan will be available for public review at BLM's Tonopah Field 
Station. The BLM invites public comment on the scope of the analysis, 
including issues to consider and alternatives to the proposed action. 
The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis and 
SEIS alternatives. BLM personnel will be present at the scoping 
meetings to explain the environmental review process, the mining 
regulations, and other requirements for processing the proposed Plan 
amendment and the associated SEIS. Representatives of RMGC will also be 
available to describe their proposal. You may submit comments on issues 
in writing to the BLM at the public scoping meetings, or you may submit 
them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES 
section above. Comments received and a list of attendees for each 
scoping meeting will be made available for public inspection. The 
comment period will remain open for 30 days following each meeting for 
any participant(s) who wish to clarify their views.
    The proposed project area is located approximately 55 miles north 
of Tonopah, Nevada, and is in Mt. Diablo Meridian, Townships 9, 10 and 
11 North, Ranges 43 and 44 East. The existing Round Mountain mine 
project boundary encompasses about 7,263 acres; of which 4,269 acres 
are administered by the BLM Tonopah Field Station, 133.4 acres are 
administered by the U.S Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 
Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest, and 1,033.6 acres of patented land are 
owned by the Smoky Valley Common Operation, which is a joint venture of 
wholly-owned subsidiaries of Kinross Gold Corporation and Barrick Gold 
Corporation. Current disturbance within this area is approximately 
5,436 acres. The road connecting the Round Mountain operation area with 
the adjacent proposed Gold Hill operation area would be about 1.3 miles 
in length, and located on land administered by the BLM on mining claims 
controlled by RMGC.
    The proposed Round Mountain expansion project would include 
increasing the existing Round Mountain mine plan boundary by 3,122 
acres (to a total of 10,385 acres); expanding the Round Mountain pit by 
approximately 450 feet in depth and by 210 acres in size (to 
approximately 1,290 acres); expanding the dewatering operations by 
3,125 gallons per minute (for a total of 7,525 gallons per minute); 
conducting underground mining operations within the Round Mountain pit; 
expanding the North Waste Rock Dump by 746 acres (to approximately 
2,584 acres); adding the North Dedicated Leach Pad (a new pad with a 
footprint of approximately 443 acres), increasing the daily production 
capacity from 11,000 tons per day to 22,000 tons per day; and 
increasing tailings disposal capacity by adding 930 new acres of cells 
(expanded from 677 acres of current disturbance, for a combined 
footprint of approximately 1,607 acres). Development at the Gold Hill 
ore deposit would include delineating a Gold Hill disturbance boundary 
of approximately 4,932 acres; constructing a haul road and utility 
corridor of about 81 acres between the Round Mountain operation area 
and the Gold Hill operation area; excavating an open pit with a 
footprint of approximately 380 acres; creating two waste rock dumps 
with combined footprints of approximately 553 acres; constructing and 
operating a heap leach facility and lined solution ponds with a 
footprint of approximately 280 acres. Depending on economics, the Gold 
Hill operation may be developed concurrently with the Round Mountain 
operation or expansion may occur as the Round Mountain pit approaches 
completion. Construction and operation of the Round Mountain Expansion 
Project is projected to begin in 2008. Active mining would last 
approximately 13 years, followed by mine site reclamation, closure, and 
monitoring.
    An interdisciplinary approach will be used to develop the SEIS, in 
order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns 
identified. Potential significant direct, indirect, residual, and 
cumulative impacts from the proposed action will be analyzed in the 
SEIS. Significant issues to be addressed in the SEIS include 
dewatering, cultural and Native American concerns, and visual 
resources. Additional issues may be identified during the scoping 
process. Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as individuals or 
organizations that may be interested in or affected by the BLM's 
decision on this plan amendment are invited to participate in the 
scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the 
BLM to participate as a cooperating agency.


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    Dated: October 30, 2006.
Gene Seidlitz,
Associate Field Manager, Battle Mountain Field Office.
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