Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Canyon Mine Project, Elko County, NV, 1430-1431 [2015-00067]

Download as PDF 1430 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 6 / Friday, January 9, 2015 / Notices call the toll-free Title V information line at 800–927–7588. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the December 12, 1988 court order in National Coalition for the Homeless v. Veterans Administration, No. 88–2503–OG (D.D.C.), HUD publishes a Notice, on a weekly basis, identifying unutilized, underutilized, excess and surplus Federal buildings and real property that HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. Today’s Notice is for the purpose of announcing that no additional properties have been determined suitable or unsuitable this week. Dated: December 22, 2014. Brian P. Fitzmaurice, Director, Division of Community Assistance, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs. [FR Doc. 2014–30350 Filed 1–8–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVE03000 L5110000.GN0000LVEMF1301550 241A; NVN–091032; 14–08807; MO# 4500070050] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Canyon Mine Project, Elko County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Long Canyon Mine Project and by this notice is announcing its availability. SUMMARY: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a minimum of 30 days from the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice in the Federal Register. DATES: Copies of the FEIS for the Long Canyon Mine Project are available for public inspection at the BLM Elko District Office. Interested persons may also review the FEIS on the Internet at www.blm.gov/rv5c. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Whitney Wirthlin, Project Manager; telephone: 775–861–6400; address: 1340 Financial rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:56 Jan 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 Blvd., Reno, NV 89502; email: BLM_ NV_ELDOLongCanyonMine@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Newmont Mining Corporation (Newmont) proposes to construct and operate an open-pit gold mining operation, which would include one open pit, a heap leach pad, one waste rock dump, a tailings storage facility, a natural gas pipeline from the existing Ruby Pipeline, an onsite power generation plant, and other ancillary facilities. The mine would be located on the eastern side of the Pequop Mountain Range, about 30 miles east of Wells, Nevada, and 32 miles west of West Wendover, Nevada, and 5 miles south of Interstate 80. Currently, Fronteer Development (Fronteer), a subsidiary of Newmont, is authorized to disturb up to 115 acres for exploration purposes. The associated disturbance for the proposed operations would increase to 1,631 acres of public land, including 480 acres of split estate lands of Federal surface and private subsurface. The projected life of the mine is 8 to 14 years, including construction, operations, and closure and post-closure monitoring. An estimated annual workforce for operations would be approximately 300 to 500 people during the life of the mine. Fronteer is currently conducting exploration activities in this area which were analyzed in two environmental assessments (EA), the NewWest Gold USA Inc. Long Canyon Exploration Project (July 2008, EA No. BLM/EK/PL– 2008/011) and Fronteer Development (USA) Inc. Expanded Long Canyon Exploration Project (June 2011, DOI– BLM–NV–N030–2011–00001–EA). The proposed Long Canyon Mine is in conformance with the Wells Resource Management Plan (RMP) and the proposal is in conformance with the approved decisions of the RMP. The FEIS describes and analyzes the proposed project site-specific impacts (including cumulative) on all affected resources. Two alternatives are analyzed: the North Facilities Alternative and the No Action Alternative. The North Facilities Alternative was designed in response to several environmental issues raised by scoping comments. Under the North PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Facilities Alternative, most of the mine facilities would be moved to the northern portion of the project area. This alternative addresses impacts to several wildlife species, cultural resources, and responds to requests from the cities of West Wendover, Nevada and Wendover, Utah related to potential impacts to their water supply. Six other alternatives were considered but eliminated from further analysis. Mitigation measures are considered to minimize environmental impacts and to assure the proposed action does not result in unnecessary or undue degradation of public lands. The Draft EIS for the Long Canyon Mine Project was published and available for review on March 21, 2014 (79 FR 15773). A 45-day comment period occurred. The BLM received a total of 34 written comment submissions containing 105 individual items during the public comment period on the Draft EIS. The comments the BLM received were submitted by Federal and State agencies as well as members of the general public. Key issues raised during the public comment period include: Potential impacts to water resources utilized by the cities of West Wendover, NV and Wendover, UT, including the Johnson Springs system; potential impacts to visual resources, air quality, cultural resources and the Hastings Cutoff of the California National Historic Trail, the mule deer migration corridor, and wetland and riparian resources; and potential positive impacts to local communities. The BLM has prepared the Final EIS in conjunction with its eight Cooperating Agencies: Nevada Department of Wildlife, Elko County, City of Elko, City of West Wendover, City of Wendover, Utah; the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indian Reservation, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Comments on the Draft EIS received from the public and internal BLM review were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the FEIS. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not significantly change the analysis. Following a 30-day FEIS availability and review period, a Record of Decision (ROD) will be issued. The decision reached in the ROD is subject to appeal to the Interior Board of Land Appeals. The 30-day appeal period begins with the issuance of the ROD. E:\FR\FM\09JAN1.SGM 09JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 6 / Friday, January 9, 2015 / Notices Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6; 40 CFR 1506.10. day public comment period was opened through notification in the Federal Register (79 FR 68912). In response to requests from the public, the comment period is being extended for an additional 18 days. The comment period will now officially close on March 13, 2015. Bryan K. Fuell, Field Manager, Wells Field Office. [FR Doc. 2015–00067 Filed 1–8–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Background For background information, see the November 19, 2014, Federal Register notice. Bureau of Reclamation [RR02054000, 14XR0680A1, RX021489433320900] Notice of Public Review and Comment Period Extension for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy, Central Valley, California Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the public review and comment period for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft EIS was initially noticed by Reclamation on November 19, 2014 and public comments were originally due on January 12, 2015. In response to public requests, the comment period is being extended until March 13, 2015. DATES: Send written comments on the Draft EIS on or before March 13, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send written comments or requests for copies to Mr. Tim Rust, Bureau of Reclamation, Resources Management Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, or via email to trust@usbr.gov. To request a compact disc of the Draft EIS, please contact Mr. Tim Rust as indicated above, or call (916) 978–5516. The Draft EIS may be viewed at Reclamation’s Web site at http:// www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/mandi/ index.html. See Supplementary Information section for locations where copies of the Draft EIS are available for public review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tim Rust, Program Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, via email at trust@ usbr.gov, or at (916) 978–5516; or Mr. Michael Inthavong, Natural Resources Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, via email at minthavong@usbr.gov, or at (559) 487–5295. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The comment period is being extended for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy draft EIS. On November 19, 2014, a 53- rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:56 Jan 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 Public Review of Draft EIS Copies of the Draft EIS are available for public review at the following locations: 1. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. 2. Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240–0001. Public Disclosure Before including your address, phone number, email 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. Dated: December 17, 2014. Pablo R. Arroyave, Deputy Regional Director. [FR Doc. 2015–00155 Filed 1–8–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR01113000, XXXR0680R1, RR.R0336A1R.7WRMP0032] Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Public Meetings for the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance, Kittitas and Yakima Counties, Washington Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology have made available for public review and comment the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1431 Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft EIS describes the potential environmental effects of the No Action Alternative and five action alternatives. The action alternatives examine constructing and operating a pumping plant to access up to 200,000 acre-feet of water in Kachess Reservoir during drought years and conveying it to the Kachess River for irrigation use within the Yakima Project, and constructing and operating a gravity flow tunnel from Keechelus Reservoir to Kachess Reservoir that could convey up to 400 cubic feet of water per second to Kachess Reservoir. The action alternatives include activities to enhance the resiliency of bull trout populations in the Kachess and Keechelus watersheds as well as elsewhere in the Yakima River basin. DATES: Send written comments on the Draft EIS on or before March 10, 2015. Two public meetings will be held on the following dates: 1. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Ellensburg, WA. 2. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Cle Elum, WA. ADDRESSES: Send written comments or requests for copies to Ms. Candace McKinley, Bureau of Reclamation, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, WA 98901; or via email to kkbt@usbr.gov. The Draft EIS is also accessible on the following Web sites: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/ programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html and http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/ kkc/index.html. The public meeting locations are: 1. Ellensburg—Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, Washington 98926; 2. Cle Elum—U.S. Forest Service, Cle Elum Ranger District, Tom Craven Conference Room, 803 W. 2nd Street, Cle Elum, Washington 98922. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Candace McKinley, 509–575–5848, ext. 603; or by email at kkbt@usbr.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This EIS was previously identified in the Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement as ‘‘Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance and Kachess Inactive Storage.’’ The name was changed to better reflect the proposed action evaluated in the EIS. The Draft EIS documents the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative physical, biological, and socioeconomic environmental effects that may result from the new pumping plant at Kachess Reservoir, water conveyance from Keechelus Reservoir to Kachess E:\FR\FM\09JAN1.SGM 09JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 6 (Friday, January 9, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1430-1431]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-00067]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVE03000 L5110000.GN0000LVEMF1301550 241A; NVN-091032; 14-08807; MO# 
4500070050]


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Long Canyon Mine Project, Elko County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a 
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Long Canyon Mine 
Project and by this notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a 
minimum of 30 days from the date that the Environmental Protection 
Agency publishes its notice in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the FEIS for the Long Canyon Mine Project are 
available for public inspection at the BLM Elko District Office. 
Interested persons may also review the FEIS on the Internet at 
www.blm.gov/rv5c.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact 
Whitney Wirthlin, Project Manager; telephone: 775-861-6400; address: 
1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502; email: 
BLM_NV_ELDOLongCanyonMine@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay 
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during 
normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a 
week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You 
will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Newmont Mining Corporation (Newmont) 
proposes to construct and operate an open-pit gold mining operation, 
which would include one open pit, a heap leach pad, one waste rock 
dump, a tailings storage facility, a natural gas pipeline from the 
existing Ruby Pipeline, an onsite power generation plant, and other 
ancillary facilities. The mine would be located on the eastern side of 
the Pequop Mountain Range, about 30 miles east of Wells, Nevada, and 32 
miles west of West Wendover, Nevada, and 5 miles south of Interstate 
80. Currently, Fronteer Development (Fronteer), a subsidiary of 
Newmont, is authorized to disturb up to 115 acres for exploration 
purposes. The associated disturbance for the proposed operations would 
increase to 1,631 acres of public land, including 480 acres of split 
estate lands of Federal surface and private subsurface. The projected 
life of the mine is 8 to 14 years, including construction, operations, 
and closure and post-closure monitoring. An estimated annual workforce 
for operations would be approximately 300 to 500 people during the life 
of the mine.
    Fronteer is currently conducting exploration activities in this 
area which were analyzed in two environmental assessments (EA), the 
NewWest Gold USA Inc. Long Canyon Exploration Project (July 2008, EA 
No. BLM/EK/PL-2008/011) and Fronteer Development (USA) Inc. Expanded 
Long Canyon Exploration Project (June 2011, DOI-BLM-NV-N030-2011-00001-
EA). The proposed Long Canyon Mine is in conformance with the Wells 
Resource Management Plan (RMP) and the proposal is in conformance with 
the approved decisions of the RMP.
    The FEIS describes and analyzes the proposed project site-specific 
impacts (including cumulative) on all affected resources. Two 
alternatives are analyzed: the North Facilities Alternative and the No 
Action Alternative. The North Facilities Alternative was designed in 
response to several environmental issues raised by scoping comments. 
Under the North Facilities Alternative, most of the mine facilities 
would be moved to the northern portion of the project area. This 
alternative addresses impacts to several wildlife species, cultural 
resources, and responds to requests from the cities of West Wendover, 
Nevada and Wendover, Utah related to potential impacts to their water 
supply.
    Six other alternatives were considered but eliminated from further 
analysis. Mitigation measures are considered to minimize environmental 
impacts and to assure the proposed action does not result in 
unnecessary or undue degradation of public lands.
    The Draft EIS for the Long Canyon Mine Project was published and 
available for review on March 21, 2014 (79 FR 15773). A 45-day comment 
period occurred. The BLM received a total of 34 written comment 
submissions containing 105 individual items during the public comment 
period on the Draft EIS. The comments the BLM received were submitted 
by Federal and State agencies as well as members of the general public. 
Key issues raised during the public comment period include: Potential 
impacts to water resources utilized by the cities of West Wendover, NV 
and Wendover, UT, including the Johnson Springs system; potential 
impacts to visual resources, air quality, cultural resources and the 
Hastings Cutoff of the California National Historic Trail, the mule 
deer migration corridor, and wetland and riparian resources; and 
potential positive impacts to local communities.
    The BLM has prepared the Final EIS in conjunction with its eight 
Cooperating Agencies: Nevada Department of Wildlife, Elko County, City 
of Elko, City of West Wendover, City of Wendover, Utah; the 
Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indian Reservation, the Nevada 
Division of Environmental Protection, and the Environmental Protection 
Agency. Comments on the Draft EIS received from the public and internal 
BLM review were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the 
FEIS. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but 
did not significantly change the analysis.
    Following a 30-day FEIS availability and review period, a Record of 
Decision (ROD) will be issued. The decision reached in the ROD is 
subject to appeal to the Interior Board of Land Appeals. The 30-day 
appeal period begins with the issuance of the ROD.


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    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6; 40 CFR 1506.10.

Bryan K. Fuell,
Field Manager, Wells Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2015-00067 Filed 1-8-15; 8:45 am]
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