Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Gold Bar Mine Project, Eureka County, Nevada, 46830-46831 [2017-21599]

Download as PDF 46830 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 193 / Friday, October 6, 2017 / Notices Permit number Applicant Receipt of application Federal Register notice 26612C ............. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center .................... University of Alaska Fairbanks ........................... NH&S Holdings, LLC .......................................... International Crane Foundation .......................... Arizona Tortoise Compound ............................... 82 FR 28348; June 21, 2017 ............................. July 26, 2017. 82 82 82 82 79 July 17, 2017. July 27, 2017. July 27, 2017. July 28, 2017. February 5, 2015. 19878C 24212C 64163A 93674B 71315A ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. Authority: We issue this notice under the authority of the ESA, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). FR FR FR FR FR 25615; 25616; 24382; 28348; 65981; June 2, 2017 ............................... June 2, 2017 ............................... May 26, 2017 .............................. June 21, 2017 ............................. November 6, 2014 ...................... DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Christine Gabriel to have your name added to the project mailing list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS 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. Bureau of Land Management SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Joyce Russell, Government Information Specialist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority. [FR Doc. 2017–21556 Filed 10–5–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P [LLNVB00000.L51100000.GN0000.LVEMF 1703550.211B.17XMO#4500108947] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Gold Bar Mine Project, Eureka County, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: 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) Mount Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Gold Bar Mine Project (Project) in Eureka County, Nevada, 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 after the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the FEIS for the Project and other documents pertinent to this proposal may be reviewed at the Mount Lewis Field Office: 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820. The document is available for download at http://bit.ly/2gyfZms. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Gabriel—Project Manager, telephone 775–635–4000; address 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820; email blm_nv_bmdo_mlfo_gold_ bar_project_eis@blm.gov. Contact asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:40 Oct 05, 2017 Jkt 244001 McEwen Mining Inc. (MMI) proposes to develop a gold mine in the southwest portion of the Roberts Mountains approximately 30 miles northwest of Eureka, Nevada. The mine plan boundary encompasses 5,362 acres of public lands and 199 acres of private lands located in Eureka County, Nevada. The proposed Project would include four open pits; waste rock dump areas (WRDAs); crushing, screening, and agglomeration facilities; heap leach pads (HLP), an associated process solution pond, and an event pond; an adsorption, desorption, and recovery (ADR) plant including barren and pregnant solution tanks; ancillary and other facilities including an explosive storage area, ammonium nitrate prill silos, liquid natural gas (LNG) Cryostorage or compressed natural gas (CNG) generators with a switch station, a truck shop and wash bay, a ready line, landfill, laydown areas, water and power infrastructure, buildings, yards, parking, storage, growth media stockpiles, production water wells (GBPW–210 and GBPW– 211) and an associated water supply pipeline, groundwater monitoring wells (GBMW–01, GBMW–03, and GBMW– 04), communication facilities, potable water and fire water facilities, septic systems, and fencing; and mine access roads (Three Bars Road, Atlas Haul Road, North Roberts Creek Road, Bypass Road [NVN–91566], and Roberts Creek Road). The Project would disturb 1,154 acres, including re-disturbing 420 acres of existing, non-reclaimed disturbance from a previous abandoned mining operation; 718 acres of new disturbance; and 16 acres of new disturbance as a result of exploration. Of the 1,154 acres, PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Permit issuance date 185 acres would be on private land, and 969 acres would be on public land. The proposed pit depths would not intercept groundwater. No pit dewatering would be necessary and no pit lakes are anticipated to form after mining operations end. The Final EIS, through scoping and a 45-day public comment period, has identified and analyzed impacts to the following resources areas: Water resources, air quality, vegetation resources, wildlife, grazing management, land use and access, aesthetics (noise and visual), cultural resources, paleontological resources, geological resources (including minerals and soils), recreation, social and economic values, hazardous materials, Native American cultural concerns, and wild horses. The proposed project area does not have any lands with wilderness characteristics (LWCs). The Pony Express National Historic Trail crosses existing Three Bars and North Roberts Creek Roads; however, public and recreational access to the National Historic Trail would not be affected by mining activities. The FEIS describes and analyzes the proposed Project’s direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on all affected resources. In addition to the proposed Project, four alternatives were analyzed including the 25kV Overhead Distribution Line Alternative, the Three Bars Road/Atlas Haul Road as Only Access Alternative, the Mount Hope and North Roberts Creek Road for Light Vehicle Traffic Alternative, and the No Action Alternative. The Draft EIS was released for a 45-day public comment period, which ended April 17, 2017. A public meeting was held in Eureka, Nevada on March 22, 2017. A total of 2,178 comment letters were received from the general public, agencies, special interest groups, businesses and organizations. The FEIS responds to all comments received. These public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not significantly change the analysis. Based on the analysis in the FEIS, the BLM has determined that the preferred alternative is the approval of the Project, with accompanying mitigation measures and voluntary applicant-committed E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 193 / Friday, October 6, 2017 / Notices environmental protection measures. The BLM has used and coordinated the NEPA scoping and comment process to help fulfill the public involvement process under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3)—and continues to do so. The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed Project has assisted the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Title 54 of the NHPA. The BLM has consulted and continues to consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including potential impacts to areas of critical cultural and spiritual significance and potential impacts to cultural resources have been analyzed in the Final EIS. Following a 30-day Final EIS 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. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. 5. Outstanding action jackets: None. In accordance with Commission policy, subject matter listed above, not disposed of at the scheduled meeting, may be carried over to the agenda of the following meeting. By order of the Commission. Issued: October 4, 2017. William R. Bishop, Supervisory Hearings and Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–21765 Filed 10–4–17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [USITC SE–17–047] Government in the Sunshine Act Meeting Notice United States International Trade Commission. AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: TIME AND DATE: October 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Room 101, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, Telephone: (202) 205–2000. PLACE: Joseph S. Moskiewicz, Acting Field Manager, Mount Lewis Field Office. STATUS: [FR Doc. 2017–21599 Filed 10–5–17; 8:45 am] 1. Agendas for future meetings: None. 2. Minutes. 3. Ratification List. 4. Vote in Inv. Nos. 731–TA–1186 and 1187 (Review) (Stilbenic Optical Brightening Agent from China and Taiwan). The Commission is currently scheduled to complete and file its determinations and views of the Commission by October 27, 2017. 5. Outstanding action jackets: None. BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [USITC SE–17–048] Government in the Sunshine Act Meeting Notice United States International Trade Commission. TIME AND DATE: October 16, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. PLACE: Room 101, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, Telephone: (202) 205–2000. STATUS: Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: 1. Agendas for future meetings: None. 2. Minutes. 3. Ratification List. 4. Vote in Inv. Nos. 701–TA–480 and 731–TA–1188 (Review) (High Pressure Steel Cylinders from China). The Commission is currently scheduled to complete and file its determinations and views of the Commission by October 31, 2017. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:40 Oct 05, 2017 Jkt 244001 Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: In accordance with Commission policy, subject matter listed above, not disposed of at the scheduled meeting, may be carried over to the agenda of the following meeting. By order of the Commission. Issued: October 4, 2017. William R. Bishop, Supervisory Hearings and Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–21764 Filed 10–4–17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P PO 00000 46831 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–585–586 and 731–TA–1383–1384 (Preliminary)] Stainless Steel Flanges From China and India Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of stainless steel flanges from China and India, provided for in subheadings 7307.21.10 and 7307.21.50 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) and to be subsidized by the governments of China and India. Commencement of Final Phase Investigations Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission’s rules, upon notice from the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under sections 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under sections 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. Background On August 16, 2017, Core Pipe Products, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois and 1 The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 193 (Friday, October 6, 2017)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Gold Bar Mine Project, Eureka County, Nevada

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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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) Mount Lewis 
Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, has prepared a Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Gold Bar Mine Project 
(Project) in Eureka County, Nevada, 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 after the date that the Environmental Protection 
Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the FEIS for the Project and other documents 
pertinent to this proposal may be reviewed at the Mount Lewis Field 
Office: 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820. The document is 
available for download at http://bit.ly/2gyfZms.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Gabriel--Project Manager, 
telephone 775-635-4000; address 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, 
Nevada 89820; email blm_nv_bmdo_mlfo_gold_bar_project_eis@blm.gov. 
Contact Christine Gabriel to have your name added to the project 
mailing list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to 
contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS 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: McEwen Mining Inc. (MMI) proposes to develop 
a gold mine in the southwest portion of the Roberts Mountains 
approximately 30 miles northwest of Eureka, Nevada. The mine plan 
boundary encompasses 5,362 acres of public lands and 199 acres of 
private lands located in Eureka County, Nevada. The proposed Project 
would include four open pits; waste rock dump areas (WRDAs); crushing, 
screening, and agglomeration facilities; heap leach pads (HLP), an 
associated process solution pond, and an event pond; an adsorption, 
desorption, and recovery (ADR) plant including barren and pregnant 
solution tanks; ancillary and other facilities including an explosive 
storage area, ammonium nitrate prill silos, liquid natural gas (LNG) 
Cryostorage or compressed natural gas (CNG) generators with a switch 
station, a truck shop and wash bay, a ready line, landfill, laydown 
areas, water and power infrastructure, buildings, yards, parking, 
storage, growth media stockpiles, production water wells (GBPW-210 and 
GBPW-211) and an associated water supply pipeline, groundwater 
monitoring wells (GBMW-01, GBMW-03, and GBMW-04), communication 
facilities, potable water and fire water facilities, septic systems, 
and fencing; and mine access roads (Three Bars Road, Atlas Haul Road, 
North Roberts Creek Road, Bypass Road [NVN-91566], and Roberts Creek 
Road). The Project would disturb 1,154 acres, including re-disturbing 
420 acres of existing, non-reclaimed disturbance from a previous 
abandoned mining operation; 718 acres of new disturbance; and 16 acres 
of new disturbance as a result of exploration. Of the 1,154 acres, 185 
acres would be on private land, and 969 acres would be on public land.
    The proposed pit depths would not intercept groundwater. No pit 
dewatering would be necessary and no pit lakes are anticipated to form 
after mining operations end. The Final EIS, through scoping and a 45-
day public comment period, has identified and analyzed impacts to the 
following resources areas: Water resources, air quality, vegetation 
resources, wildlife, grazing management, land use and access, 
aesthetics (noise and visual), cultural resources, paleontological 
resources, geological resources (including minerals and soils), 
recreation, social and economic values, hazardous materials, Native 
American cultural concerns, and wild horses. The proposed project area 
does not have any lands with wilderness characteristics (LWCs). The 
Pony Express National Historic Trail crosses existing Three Bars and 
North Roberts Creek Roads; however, public and recreational access to 
the National Historic Trail would not be affected by mining activities.
    The FEIS describes and analyzes the proposed Project's direct, 
indirect, and cumulative impacts on all affected resources. In addition 
to the proposed Project, four alternatives were analyzed including the 
25kV Overhead Distribution Line Alternative, the Three Bars Road/Atlas 
Haul Road as Only Access Alternative, the Mount Hope and North Roberts 
Creek Road for Light Vehicle Traffic Alternative, and the No Action 
Alternative. The Draft EIS was released for a 45-day public comment 
period, which ended April 17, 2017. A public meeting was held in 
Eureka, Nevada on March 22, 2017. A total of 2,178 comment letters were 
received from the general public, agencies, special interest groups, 
businesses and organizations. The FEIS responds to all comments 
received. These public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying 
text, but did not significantly change the analysis. Based on the 
analysis in the FEIS, the BLM has determined that the preferred 
alternative is the approval of the Project, with accompanying 
mitigation measures and voluntary applicant-committed

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environmental protection measures. The BLM has used and coordinated the 
NEPA scoping and comment process to help fulfill the public involvement 
process under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (54 U.S.C. 
306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3)--and continues to do so. The 
information about historic and cultural resources within the area 
potentially affected by the proposed Project has assisted the BLM in 
identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of 
both NEPA and Title 54 of the NHPA.
    The BLM has consulted and continues to consult with Indian tribes 
on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 
13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including potential impacts 
to areas of critical cultural and spiritual significance and potential 
impacts to cultural resources have been analyzed in the Final EIS.
    Following a 30-day Final EIS 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.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7.

Joseph S. Moskiewicz,
Acting Field Manager, Mount Lewis Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2017-21599 Filed 10-5-17; 8:45 am]
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