Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Betze Pit Expansion Project, Nevada, 49699-49700 [E8-19396]

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E8–19523 Filed 8–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Betze Pit Expansion Project, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to expand the Betze Pit at an open pit gold mine in Nevada; and by this Notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: To ensure comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Betze Pit Expansion Project DSEIS within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media news releases and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: —E-mail: eiscommentselko@nv.blm.gov. —Fax: (775) 753–0255. —Mail: Attention Kirk Laird, Project Manager, BLM Elko District Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801. Copies of the Betze Pit Expansion Project DSEIS are available in the BLM Elko District Office, at the above address and on the internet site at: http:// www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ elko_field_office.html. For further information or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Kirk Laird, Project Manager, BLM Elko FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49699 District Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801 (775) 753–0200, or email to: Kirk_Laird@blm.gov. The Betze Pit Expansion Project DSEIS is an amendment to the Betze Project Plan of Operations for an ongoing open pit mine on the Carlin Trend in Eureka and Elko counties, Nevada. The Preferred Alternative of the DSEIS includes the Proposed Action of expanding the existing open pit and constructing a new waste rock and tailings facility. Current mining operations at the Betze Project are expected to end in 2011, with processing operations ending in 2020. The Proposed Action in the Preferred Alternative of the Betze Pit Expansion Project DSEIS would extend mining for 4 years and processing for 5 years. BLM’s preferred alternative would also maximize mule deer corridor access in the vicinity of the Clydesdale Waste Rock Facility. Other alternatives include the No-Action Alternative continuing mining as currently approved without approving the expansion and a third Alternative denying the construction of the new Clydesdale Waste Rock Facility in favor of continued expansion of the existing Bazza Waste Rock Facility. A cumulative impacts study and supplemental EIS completed in 2000 and 2002 addressed groundwater pumping/dewatering issues for the Betze Pit, and pumping will continue whether or not expansion is approved. Major issues are impacts of current and proposed operations on mule deer migration routes, potential changes to the post-mining pit lake chemistry, air quality including increased greenhouse gas and mercury emissions/deposition, and sustaining benefits of mining on the local economy. Please note that public comments and information submitted including names, street addresses, and email addresses of respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 49700 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 164 / Friday, August 22, 2008 / Notices Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Warren, Acting District Manager. [FR Doc. E8–19396 Filed 8–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P Chuck Otto, Field Manager, or Kellie Roadifer, Pinedale RMP Team Leader, 1625 W Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941, or by telephone at (307) 367– 5309. The Pinedale Field Office planning area includes public land and federal mineral ownership in Sublette and Lincoln Counties, Wyoming. The area includes approximately 923,000 acres of BLM-administered surface lands and approximately 1,199,000 acres of Federal mineral estate under Federal, state, and private surface. The Draft RMP/Draft EIS was made available for public review and comment for a 121-day period beginning on February 16, 2007. The Draft RMP/ Draft EIS described and analyzed four alternatives for the management of the public lands and resources, including the Federal mineral estate administered by the BLM Pinedale Field Office: Alternative 1 (No Action): Continues to balance the use and development of resources under current management guidance; Alternative 2: Provides development and use opportunities while minimizing adverse impacts to cultural and natural resources; Alternative 3: Focuses on greater conservation of natural and cultural resources while providing for compatible development and use; and Alternative 4 (Agency Preferred Alternative): Provides development opportunities while protecting sensitive resources. The key issues addressed by the alternatives are: (1) Development of energy resources and minerals; (2) special management designations; (3) public access and transportation planning; (4) wildland-urban interface; (5) management of special status species; (6) water quality; (7) vegetation management; (8) recreation activities; (9) cultural resources management; (10) air quality; and (11) wildlife management. The Draft RMP/Draft EIS included recommendations regarding Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). While the Draft RMP/EIS fully documented the ACECs considered, to ensure that BLM provided the public with the required 60-day review and comment period as required by 43 CFR 1610.7–2, the BLM published a notice of supplemental information describing the proposed ACECs and associated values and use limitations in the Federal Register on February 21, 2008. 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A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes this notice in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Pinedale PRMP/FEIS have been sent to affected Federal, state, and local government agencies and to interested parties. Copies of the PRMP/FEIS will be available for public inspection at the following locations: • Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003. • Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, 1625 W Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941. Interested persons may also review the PRMP/FEIS on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/rmp/wy/pinedale. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the following addresses: Regular Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 66538, Washington, DC 20035. Overnight Mail: Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 1620 L Street, N.W., Suite 1075, Washington, DC 20036. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Aug 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (1988): Rock Creek ACEC (5,300 acres) and Beaver Creek ACEC (3,590 acres). There are 6 potential new ACECs proposed in the Draft RMP/EIS. The ACECs are: • Trapper’s Point ACEC (550 acres [Alternative 2], 4,000 acres [Alternative 4], or 9,540 acres [Alternative 3]): Values of concern are big game migration corridors, cultural and historic properties, and livestock trailing. Within this ACEC, fence construction and surface disturbing activities would be prohibited with the exception of activities designed to increase big game migration viability. The ACEC would be unavailable for oil and gas leasing. Off-road vehicle use would be restricted to designated roads and trails and subject to a seasonal closure from November 15 through April 30 annually. • New Fork Potholes ACEC (1,800 acres [Alternatives 3 and 4] ): Values of concern are waterfowl, trumpeter swan, and riparian habitats. With the exception of those that would benefit wildlife habitat, surface disturbing activities would be prohibited. The ACEC would be unavailable for oil and gas leasing. Off-road vehicle use would be restricted to designated roads and trails. • Upper Green River ACEC (12,270 acres [Alternative 3]): Values of concern are big game migration routes and migration bottlenecks, and high scenic and recreational values. The ACEC would be unavailable for oil and gas leasing. Off-road vehicle use would be restricted to designated roads and trails, and no net increase in miles of roads would be allowed. • White-Tailed Prairie Dog ACEC (no acreage estimate available [Alternative 3]): The White-Tailed Prairie Dog (WTPD) ACEC would not have a specific area but would involve a number of townships where WTPD habitat might be found in future surveys. The value of concern is habitat for the WTPD. Surveys for prairie dog presence would be required prior to authorizing any activities. Anti-raptor perching devices would be required on any above-ground facilities located within 1/4 mile of WTPD towns greater than 12.5 acres in size, and surfacedisturbing activities would be prohibited in these towns. Off-road vehicle use would be limited to designated roads and trails, and poisoning of prairie dogs would be prohibited except in cases of health and safety emergencies. • Ross Butte ACEC (35,670 acres [Alternative 3]): Values of concern are significant cultural resources, archeological landscapes and Native E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 164 (Friday, August 22, 2008)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-19396]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[NV-010-1990-GN; 08-08807; TAS: 14X1109]


Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Betze Pit Expansion Project, Nevada

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM), Elko District Office has prepared a Draft Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to expand the Betze Pit at an 
open pit gold mine in Nevada; and by this Notice is announcing the 
opening of the comment period.

DATES: To ensure comments will be considered, the BLM must receive 
written comments on the Betze Pit Expansion Project DSEIS within 45 
days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes 
the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will 
announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement 
activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media 
news releases and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

--E-mail: eiscommentselko@nv.blm.gov.
--Fax: (775) 753-0255.
--Mail: Attention Kirk Laird, Project Manager, BLM Elko District 
Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801.

    Copies of the Betze Pit Expansion Project DSEIS are available in 
the BLM Elko District Office, at the above address and on the internet 
site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to have 
your name added to the mailing list, contact Kirk Laird, Project 
Manager, BLM Elko District Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 
89801 (775) 753-0200, or e-mail to: Kirk_Laird@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Betze Pit Expansion Project DSEIS is an 
amendment to the Betze Project Plan of Operations for an ongoing open 
pit mine on the Carlin Trend in Eureka and Elko counties, Nevada. The 
Preferred Alternative of the DSEIS includes the Proposed Action of 
expanding the existing open pit and constructing a new waste rock and 
tailings facility. Current mining operations at the Betze Project are 
expected to end in 2011, with processing operations ending in 2020. The 
Proposed Action in the Preferred Alternative of the Betze Pit Expansion 
Project DSEIS would extend mining for 4 years and processing for 5 
years. BLM's preferred alternative would also maximize mule deer 
corridor access in the vicinity of the Clydesdale Waste Rock Facility. 
Other alternatives include the No-Action Alternative continuing mining 
as currently approved without approving the expansion and a third 
Alternative denying the construction of the new Clydesdale Waste Rock 
Facility in favor of continued expansion of the existing Bazza Waste 
Rock Facility. A cumulative impacts study and supplemental EIS 
completed in 2000 and 2002 addressed groundwater pumping/dewatering 
issues for the Betze Pit, and pumping will continue whether or not 
expansion is approved. Major issues are impacts of current and proposed 
operations on mule deer migration routes, potential changes to the 
post-mining pit lake chemistry, air quality including increased 
greenhouse gas and mercury emissions/deposition, and sustaining 
benefits of mining on the local economy.
    Please note that public comments and information submitted 
including names, street addresses, and email addresses of respondents 
will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address 
during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through 
Friday, except holidays.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware 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 your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.


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    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6.

Tom Warren,
Acting District Manager.
 [FR Doc. E8-19396 Filed 8-21-08; 8:45 am]
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