Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Marigold Mine Plan of Operations-Mackay Optimization Project Amendment, Humboldt County, NV, 11586-11587 [2016-04806]

Download as PDF 11586 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–FHC–2016–N029; FXFR1334088TWG0W4–123–FF08EACT00] Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group; Public Meeting Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). The TAMWG is a Federal advisory committee that affords stakeholders the opportunity to give policy, management, and technical input concerning Trinity River (California) restoration efforts to the Trinity Management Council (TMC). The TMC interprets and recommends policy, coordinates and reviews management actions, and provides organizational budget oversight. DATES: Public meeting: TAMWG will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Deadlines: For deadlines on submitting written material, please see ‘‘Public Input’’ under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Trinity Alps Performing Art Center, 101 Arbuckle Court, Weaverville, CA 96093. SUMMARY: jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph C. Polos, by mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521; by telephone at 707– 822–7201; or by email at joe_polos@ fws.gov; or Elizabeth W. Hadley, Redding Electric Utility, by mail at 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA 96001; by telephone at 530–339–7308 or by email at ehadley@reupower.com. Individuals with a disability may request an accommodation by sending an email to either point of contact. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., we announce that the Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group will hold a meeting. Background The TAMWG affords stakeholders the opportunity to give policy, management, and technical input concerning Trinity River (California) restoration efforts to the TMC. The TMC interprets and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:09 Mar 03, 2016 Jkt 238001 recommends policy, coordinates and reviews management actions, and provides organizational budget oversight. Meeting Agenda The TAMWG will hold a concurrent meeting with the Trinity River Science Symposium/Decision Support System workshop. The goal workshop is to advance the development and use of a decision support system for the Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP). The workshop will consist of oral presentations and panel discussions related to four key elements: (1) Providing background on DSS and example applications, (2) Communicating the status of DSS development for the TRRP and how it can be used in the near term to support decision making, (3) Identifying and initiating an approach to resolve key organization and administrative challenges to DSS development, and (4) Initiating next steps recommended by the Science Advisory Board for implementation of a DSS, such as a workplan, schedule, and identification of task leaders. A detailed addendum will be posted on the TAMWG Web site (http:// www.fws.gov/arcata/fisheries/ tamwg.html) when it is finalized. Public Input Submit written information or questions for the TAMWG to consider during the meeting. March 22, 2016. Submitting Written Information or Questions Interested members of the public may submit relevant information or questions for the TAMWG to consider during the meeting. Written statements must be received by the date listed in ‘‘Public Input,’’ so that the information may be available to the TAMWG for their consideration prior to this meeting. Written statements must be supplied to Elizabeth Hadley in one of the following formats: One hard copy with original signature, one electronic copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via email (acceptable file formats are Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, PowerPoint, or rich text file). Registered speakers who wish to expand on their oral statements, or Frm 00079 Meeting Minutes Summary minutes of the meeting will be maintained by Elizabeth Hadley (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). The minutes will be available for public inspection within 14 days after the meeting, and will be posted on the TAMWG Web site at http:// www.fws.gov/arcata. Dated: February 29, 2016. Joseph C. Polos, Supervisory Fish Biologist, Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office, Arcata, California. [FR Doc. 2016–04795 Filed 3–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW00000.L5110000.GN0000.LVEMF150 4350.15X MO#4500088392] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Marigold Mine Plan of Operations—Mackay Optimization Project Amendment, Humboldt County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: You must contact Elizabeth Hadley (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than If you wish to PO 00000 those who wished to speak but could not be accommodated on the agenda, may submit written statements to Elizabeth Hadley up to 7 days after the meeting. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Humboldt River Field Office, Winnemucca, Nevada intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential impacts of approving an expansion to the existing gold mining operation in Humboldt County, Nevada. This notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues to be considered in the EIS. The notice also serves to initiate public consultation, as required under the National Historic Preservation Act. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until April 4, 2016. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers, and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2016 / Notices wfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Marigold Mine—Mackay Optimization Project by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/ en/fo/wfo.html • Email: wfoweb@blm.gov. Include Marigold Mine EIS Comments in the subject line. • Fax: 775–623–1503. • Mail: BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Humboldt River Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanette Black, telephone 775–623– 1500; address BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445; email jblack@ blm.gov. Contact Ms. Black to have your name added to our mailing list. 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: The applicant, Marigold Mining Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Silver Standard Resources Inc., has requested to modify its approved Plan of Operations by expanding its operations at the existing Marigold Mine, which is located adjacent to Battle Mountain approximately 35 miles southeast of Winnemucca, Humboldt County, Nevada; and 13 miles northwest of Battle Mountain, Lander County, Nevada. The mine is currently authorized up to a disturbance of 5,720 acres (approximately 3,275 acres of private land and 2,445 acres of public land), which was permitted under a series of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments from July 1988 through October 2013. The proposed action is for the BLM to approve as proposed the company’s changes to its Plan of Operations. The proposed changes presented under this VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Mar 03, 2016 Jkt 238001 Plan of Operations modification would encompass 1,893 acres of new disturbance (approximately 843 acres of public land and 1,050 acres of private land), and include a re-classification of the type of authorized disturbance of approximately 706 acres of which 306 acres are public land and 400 acres are private land. If approved, the proposed modification would increase the mine life by up to 10 years. All proposed disturbance would be within the existing approved Plan boundary and includes the following: Combine four of the existing and authorized open pits (Target 1, Target 2, Target 3, and East Hill) to become a single open pit to be renamed the Mackay Pit; combine the existing and approved Terry Zone and Section 8 Pits to become the Mackay North Pit; increase the size of the authorized Section 5 North Pit; dewater the Mackay Pit and Mackay North Pit at a rate of up to 6,000 gallons per minute (gpm) with an average rate of about 1,500 to 2,000 gpm; construct and operate six rapid infiltration basins (RIBs); construct and operate new production, dewatering, and monitoring wells with associated roads, power, and pipelines; create one new waste rock storage area (WRSA) (Section 5 North) and expand the Northeast and Northwest Expansion WRSAs; construct heap leach processing pad (HLP) cells 22, 23, and 24; construct new process ponds on existing disturbance; construct two new carbon column trains on existing disturbance; relocate the county road called Buffalo Valley Road to accommodate the mine changes; reestablish a private land access road to land holdings in Section 30; relocate the existing 120-kV power line (right-of-way held by NV Energy); and move the planned location of the authorized but not yet constructed utility corridor. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: (a) The formation of a pit lake after completion of mining activities, and ensuring that there is neither degradation of waters of the state nor undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands; (b) potential impacts to wildlife habitat; and (c) potential impacts to cultural sites. Application of mitigation hierarchy strategies will be addressed for on-site, regional, and compensatory mitigation appropriate to the types of impacts and resource objectives. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to help fulfill PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11587 the public involvement process under the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and the NHPA. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175, Secretarial Order 3317, and other policies. Tribal concerns, including but not limited to, impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed Marigold Mine Plan of Operations—Mackay Optimization Project that the BLM is evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. 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. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. Stephen Sappington, Field Manager, Humboldt River Field Office. [FR Doc. 2016–04806 Filed 3–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCOS01000.L12200000.DP0000] Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Tres Rios Field Office and Prepare an Associated Environmental Assessment, Colorado Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 43 (Friday, March 4, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVW00000.L5110000.GN0000.LVEMF1504350.15X MO#4500088392]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Marigold Mine Plan of Operations--Mackay Optimization 
Project Amendment, Humboldt County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Humboldt River 
Field Office, Winnemucca, Nevada intends to prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential impacts of approving an 
expansion to the existing gold mining operation in Humboldt County, 
Nevada. This notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process 
to solicit public comments and identify issues to be considered in the 
EIS. The notice also serves to initiate public consultation, as 
required under the National Historic Preservation Act.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. 
Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until April 4, 2016. The 
date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at 
least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers, and the BLM 
Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/

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wfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must 
be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days 
after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide 
additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of 
the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Marigold Mine--Mackay 
Optimization Project by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo.html
     Email: wfoweb@blm.gov. Include Marigold Mine EIS Comments 
in the subject line.
     Fax: 775-623-1503.
     Mail: BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field 
Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the 
Humboldt River Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanette Black, telephone 775-623-
1500; address BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office, 
5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445; email jblack@blm.gov. 
Contact Ms. Black to have your name added to our mailing list. 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: The applicant, Marigold Mining Company, a 
wholly-owned subsidiary of Silver Standard Resources Inc., has 
requested to modify its approved Plan of Operations by expanding its 
operations at the existing Marigold Mine, which is located adjacent to 
Battle Mountain approximately 35 miles southeast of Winnemucca, 
Humboldt County, Nevada; and 13 miles northwest of Battle Mountain, 
Lander County, Nevada. The mine is currently authorized up to a 
disturbance of 5,720 acres (approximately 3,275 acres of private land 
and 2,445 acres of public land), which was permitted under a series of 
Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments from July 
1988 through October 2013.
    The proposed action is for the BLM to approve as proposed the 
company's changes to its Plan of Operations. The proposed changes 
presented under this Plan of Operations modification would encompass 
1,893 acres of new disturbance (approximately 843 acres of public land 
and 1,050 acres of private land), and include a re-classification of 
the type of authorized disturbance of approximately 706 acres of which 
306 acres are public land and 400 acres are private land. If approved, 
the proposed modification would increase the mine life by up to 10 
years. All proposed disturbance would be within the existing approved 
Plan boundary and includes the following: Combine four of the existing 
and authorized open pits (Target 1, Target 2, Target 3, and East Hill) 
to become a single open pit to be renamed the Mackay Pit; combine the 
existing and approved Terry Zone and Section 8 Pits to become the 
Mackay North Pit; increase the size of the authorized Section 5 North 
Pit; dewater the Mackay Pit and Mackay North Pit at a rate of up to 
6,000 gallons per minute (gpm) with an average rate of about 1,500 to 
2,000 gpm; construct and operate six rapid infiltration basins (RIBs); 
construct and operate new production, dewatering, and monitoring wells 
with associated roads, power, and pipelines; create one new waste rock 
storage area (WRSA) (Section 5 North) and expand the Northeast and 
Northwest Expansion WRSAs; construct heap leach processing pad (HLP) 
cells 22, 23, and 24; construct new process ponds on existing 
disturbance; construct two new carbon column trains on existing 
disturbance; relocate the county road called Buffalo Valley Road to 
accommodate the mine changes; re-establish a private land access road 
to land holdings in Section 30; relocate the existing 120-kV power line 
(right-of-way held by NV Energy); and move the planned location of the 
authorized but not yet constructed utility corridor.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, 
including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. 
At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: 
(a) The formation of a pit lake after completion of mining activities, 
and ensuring that there is neither degradation of waters of the state 
nor undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands; (b) potential 
impacts to wildlife habitat; and (c) potential impacts to cultural 
sites. Application of mitigation hierarchy strategies will be addressed 
for on-site, regional, and compensatory mitigation appropriate to the 
types of impacts and resource objectives.
    The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to 
help fulfill the public involvement process under the National Historic 
Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). 
The information about historic and cultural resources within the area 
potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in 
identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of 
both NEPA and the NHPA.
    The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-
government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175, Secretarial 
Order 3317, and other policies. Tribal concerns, including but not 
limited to, impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to 
cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, 
and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may 
be interested in or affected by the proposed Marigold Mine Plan of 
Operations--Mackay Optimization Project that the BLM is evaluating, are 
invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may 
request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of 
the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency.
    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.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1501.7.

Stephen Sappington,
Field Manager, Humboldt River Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2016-04806 Filed 3-3-16; 8:45 am]
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