Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Sevier Playa Potash Project, Utah, 61668-61670 [2018-26076]

Download as PDF 61668 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 231 / Friday, November 30, 2018 / Notices Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2. David Hoskins, Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant Director for Fish and Aquatic Conservation. [FR Doc. 2018–26019 Filed 11–27–18; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Geological Survey [GX18LR000F60100; OMB Control Number 1028–0062] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Industrial Minerals Surveys U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey is proposing to renew an information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 31, 2018. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Nov 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 provide the requested data in the desired format. A Federal Register notice with a 60day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on July 9, 2018, 83 FR 31767. We did not receive any public comments in response to that notice. We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary for the USGS to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) how to minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Abstract: Respondents to these forms supply the USGS with domestic production and consumption data of industrial mineral commodities, some of which are considered strategic and critical to assist in determining National Defense Stockpile goals. These data and derived information will be published as chapters in Minerals Yearbooks, monthly Mineral Industry Surveys, annual Mineral Commodity Summaries, and special publications, for use by Government agencies, industry education programs, and the general public. Title of Collection: Industrial Minerals Surveys. OMB Control Number: 1028–0062. Form Number: Various, 38 forms. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Business or Other-For-Profit PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Institutions: U.S. nonfuel minerals producers and consumers of industrial minerals. Public sector: State and local governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 17,533. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 12,055 hours. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 14,957. Estimated Completion Time per Response: 10 minutes to 5 hours. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: Monthly, Quarterly, Semiannually, or Annually. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: There are no ‘‘nonhour cost’’ burdens associated with this IC. The authorities for this action are the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.), the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980 (30 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and the National Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 21(a)). Michael Magyar, Associate Director, National Minerals Information Center. [FR Doc. 2018–26053 Filed 11–29–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLUTW02000–L51010000–ER0000– LVRWJ18J5120–18X—UTU–90095] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Sevier Playa Potash Project, Utah Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, and Secretarial Order 3355, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is releasing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Crystal Peak Minerals Inc.’s (CPM) Sevier Playa Potash Project (Project), 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 Project Draft EIS within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 231 / Friday, November 30, 2018 / Notices announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Draft EIS for the Project by any of the following methods: • Email: blm_ut_fm_sevier_playa_ potash_project@blm.gov. • Fax: (435) 743–3136. • Mail: Bureau of Land Management Fillmore Field Office, Attn: Clara Stevens—Sevier Playa Potash Project Comments, 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, UT 84631. Electronic versions of the Project Draft EIS, appendices, and supporting documents can be downloaded from ePlanning at https://bit.ly/2CZPeWy. Paper and digital copies of the Project Draft EIS and supporting documents are available for review at: (1) The BLM Fillmore Field Office at the above address; (2) The BLM West Desert District Office at 2370 South Decker Lake Blvd., West Valley City, UT; (3) The Fillmore City Library at 75 West Center, Fillmore, UT; and (4) The Delta City Library at 76 North 200 West, Delta, UT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Clara Stevens, Project Manager, telephone (435) 743–3119; address 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, UT 84631; email clsteven@blm.gov. 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: On March 12, 2014, the BLM published a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS in the Federal Register (79 FR 14078). The Project would be located in central Millard County in southwestern Utah. The Sevier Playa is a large terminal playa that is normally dry on the surface and contains subsurface potassium-bearing saline brines. The playa is approximately 26 miles long and averages 8 miles wide. CPM holds or through agreement controls the rights to develop and operate potassium mineral leases on 117,814 acres of Federal lands administered by the BLM and an additional 6,409 acres of state lands. CPM proposes to exercise their lease rights by constructing and operating the Project, which would produce at its peak approximately 372,000 tons per VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Nov 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 year of potassium sulfate (K2SO4), also known as sulfate of potash (SOP), and related minerals over the 32-year lifetime of the Project. The Project is a potash mine proposed on 124,223 acres of Federal and State mineral leases. The proposal includes mining facilities located on-lease with off-lease supporting infrastructure. Onlease facilities include evaporation ponds; a brine extraction system (trenches, wells, and conveyance canals); a recharge system (trenches, canals, and Sevier River diversion); a waste product storage area (purge brine and tailings); access roads, and processing facilities. The off-lease ROW facilities, proposed on approximately 4,135 acres, include power and communication lines, a natural gas pipeline, a rail loadout facility and rail spur; water supply wells; communication towers; preconcentration ponds; segments of recharge canals and the playa perimeter road; and access roads. Three gravel pits would also be developed. Potassium-bearing brines would be extracted from trenches and wells on the Sevier Playa, and routed through a series of ponds, using solar evaporation to concentrate the brine. The preconcentration ponds would concentrate the brine causing halite (NaCl, table salt) and other noncommercial salts to precipitate. These salts would be stored in the preconcentration ponds. The saturated brine would be transferred to the production ponds for further evaporation, causing potassium-rich salts to precipitate. The production ponds would be harvested year-round, with the potassium-rich salts moved directly to a facility for processing into SOP. The SOP would be trucked to the rail loadout facility for distribution. Purge brine containing primarily magnesium chloride (MgCl2) would be removed from the production ponds before harvesting begins and would be piped to an on-playa purge brine storage pond. Process by-products (solid tailings) from the processing facility would be trucked to the on-playa tailings storage area. The Draft EIS analyzes CPM’s Mining Plan, prepared for development of Federal potassium mineral leases acquired in 2011 and potash mineral leases acquired on State lands. These leases were amalgamated under BLM casefile number UTU–88387. In addition, the Draft EIS analyzes CPM’s request for rights-of-way (ROWs) to construct various ancillary facilities on public lands in the vicinity of the mineral leases, but outside the lease boundary. CPM prepared a Plan of PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61669 Development (POD) for the ROWs that they have requested. The Draft EIS also analyzes CPM’s request to purchase mineral materials for gravel to support construction and operation of the Project. Although the BLM may only make decisions pertaining to public lands managed by the BLM, the EIS analyzes the complete Project including portions located on state and private lands. This Draft EIS evaluates, in detail, the no action alternative, the proposed action, and five action alternatives. Alternative 1 would route a crosscountry segment of the off-lease 69-kV power and communication line to an alignment along existing roads, including SR 257 and SR–257 Cutoff Road. Alternative 2 would route a crosscountry segment of the off-lease 69-kV power and communication line to a more southern orientation along existing roads, including Crystal Peak Road and Crystal Peak Spur Road. Alternative 3 would route a segment of the off-lease natural gas pipeline entirely on BLM land to avoid crossing private lands. Alternative 4 would route a crosscountry segment of the off-lease natural gas pipeline to a similar alignment as Alternative 2 along existing roads, including Crystal Peak Road and Crystal Peak Spur Road. Alternative 5 is an alternative method of diverting flows from the Sevier River into the recharge system. This alternative would relocate the on-lease Sevier River diversion facilities, including diversion channel, recharge canal, diversion culvert and sump, and perimeter and access roads slightly to the west, within the boundary of the playa. Based on public scoping and internal review, the principal issues analyzed in the Draft EIS include: (1) Impacts to water resources and water quality including adverse effects to surface water and groundwater basins, as well as impacts to existing water rights holders; (2) adverse effects to air quality in the form of fugitive dust produced during construction and operation of the mine facilities; (3) impacts to cultural resources and historic properties, including rock art and subsurface features; (4) impacts to migratory bird populations; and (5) the socioeconomic effects of water right acquisition for recharge water. Analysis also includes impacts to the following resources: Visual, wildlife, access, range management, recreation, and soils. The BLM published a Notice of Intent for the Project on March 12, 2014. Scoping was extended through August 31, 2015, due to Project delays. A public scoping meeting was held in Delta, Utah, on August 5, 2015. The public E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 61670 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 231 / Friday, November 30, 2018 / Notices was offered the opportunity to provide written comments throughout the scoping process. In 2015, pursuant to Executive Order 13175, the BLM initiated governmentto-government consultation with interested tribes, including the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, the Hopi Tribe, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, the Kanosh Band of Paiute Indians, the Navajo Nation, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Skull Valley Band of Goshute, and the Ute Indian Tribe. Beginning in 2015, the BLM coordinated with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office and seven other consulting parties that requested to participate in the Section 106 process, to develop a Programmatic Agreement to outline a process to be used to avoid, mitigate, or treat adverse effects to historic properties. In August 2015, the BLM invited agencies to participate as Cooperating Agencies in the Project. The following agencies accepted the invitation: The U.S. Department of Defense (Utah Test and Training Range), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Utah, and Millard and Beaver Counties. These agencies and governments reviewed the Draft EIS before it was available to the public and their comments have been incorporated into the document. 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 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10. Anita Bilbao, Associate State Director. [FR Doc. 2018–26076 Filed 11–29–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Bureau of Land Management [18XL LLIDI00000.L71220000.EO0000. LVTFDX402300 241A 4500129252] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Caldwell Canyon Mine Project, Caribou County, Idaho AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Nov 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 ACTION: Notice of availability. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Caldwell Canyon Mine Project, and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: To ensure the BLM considers all comments, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft EIS for the proposed Caldwell Canyon Mine Project within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes this Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce public comment meetings at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media release, and/or mailings. To assist the BLM in identifying issues and concerns related to this project and the Draft EIS, comments should be as specific as possible. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Caldwell Canyon Mine Project Draft EIS by any of the following methods: • Website: https://bit.ly/2SaxWcO. • Email: blm_id_caldwell_canyon_ mine_eis@blm.gov. • Mail: Caldwell Canyon Mine EIS, c/o Tetra Tech, 2525 Palmer Street, Suite 2, Missoula, MT 59808. Please reference ‘‘Caldwell Canyon Mine Draft EIS’’ on all correspondence. The BLM has made CD–ROM and print copies of the Caldwell Canyon Mine Draft EIS available in the BLM Pocatello Field Office at the following address: 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204. In addition, the BLM has made an electronic copy of the Draft EIS available online at the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA Register website: http://bit.ly/2zuZ8Mn. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Bill Volk, Planning and NEPA Specialist, phone (208) 236–7503; address, BLM Pocatello Field Office, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204; email, wvolk@ blm.gov; and fax, (208) 478–6376. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339 to contact Mr. Volk. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question for Mr. Volk. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM, as the Federal lease administrator, is the lead agency. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Department of Lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources are cooperating agencies. P4 Production, LLC (P4), a subsidiary of Bayer AG, developed and submitted a Mine and Reclamation Plan (M&RP), the Proposed Action, for the Caldwell Canyon Mine. The Proposed Action consists of mining Federal Phosphate Leases IDI–02, IDI–014080, and IDI– 13738 and State of Idaho Mineral Lease E07959. Portions of the mine’s waste rock would be placed into the nearby inactive Dry Valley Mine on Federal Phosphate Lease IDI–014184. P4 will request modifications to enlarge the phosphate lease boundaries for the Caldwell Canyon leases, and obtain authorization for a haul road across BLM public land as outlined in the Draft EIS. The BLM has fully evaluated alternatives to the Proposed Action, including a No Action Alternative, in the Draft EIS and addressed issues identified during scoping and analysis. The BLM will make decisions to either approve, approve with modifications, or deny the Caldwell Canyon Mine M&RP and modification of the Dry Valley Mine M&RP. In addition, the BLM will determine whether to modify the lease boundaries, and whether to issue a right-of-way or phosphate use permit for a haul road on BLM lands. These decisions will consider public and agency input received on the Draft and Final EISs. The BLM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare this EIS in the Federal Register on March 22, 2017, initiating a 30-day public scoping period for the Proposed Action during which the BLM accepted written comments. Public scoping identified concerns related to the following topics: The potential impacts to water quantity from dewatering; potential impacts to water quality from elevated levels of selenium and other constituents of concern; potential effects of increased noise on wildlife, safety, and socioeconomics; effects to tribal interests; cultural resources; wildlife; vegetation, visual quality; reclamation and financial assurance; and mitigation and monitoring of mine operations. Before including your 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. E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLUTW02000-L51010000-ER0000-LVRWJ18J5120-18X--UTU-90095]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Sevier Playa Potash Project, Utah

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended, the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, and 
Secretarial Order 3355, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is 
releasing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Crystal 
Peak Minerals Inc.'s (CPM) Sevier Playa Potash Project (Project), 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 Project Draft EIS within 45 days following the 
date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will

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announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement 
activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media 
releases, and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Draft EIS for the 
Project by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected].
     Fax: (435) 743-3136.
     Mail: Bureau of Land Management Fillmore Field Office, 
Attn: Clara Stevens--Sevier Playa Potash Project Comments, 95 East 500 
North, Fillmore, UT 84631.
    Electronic versions of the Project Draft EIS, appendices, and 
supporting documents can be downloaded from ePlanning at https://bit.ly/2CZPeWy. Paper and digital copies of the Project Draft EIS and 
supporting documents are available for review at:
    (1) The BLM Fillmore Field Office at the above address;
    (2) The BLM West Desert District Office at 2370 South Decker Lake 
Blvd., West Valley City, UT;
    (3) The Fillmore City Library at 75 West Center, Fillmore, UT; and
    (4) The Delta City Library at 76 North 200 West, Delta, UT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Clara Stevens, Project Manager, 
telephone (435) 743-3119; address 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, UT 
84631; email [email protected]. 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: On March 12, 2014, the BLM published a 
Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS in the Federal Register (79 FR 
14078).
    The Project would be located in central Millard County in 
southwestern Utah. The Sevier Playa is a large terminal playa that is 
normally dry on the surface and contains subsurface potassium-bearing 
saline brines. The playa is approximately 26 miles long and averages 8 
miles wide.
    CPM holds or through agreement controls the rights to develop and 
operate potassium mineral leases on 117,814 acres of Federal lands 
administered by the BLM and an additional 6,409 acres of state lands. 
CPM proposes to exercise their lease rights by constructing and 
operating the Project, which would produce at its peak approximately 
372,000 tons per year of potassium sulfate 
(K2SO4), also known as sulfate of potash (SOP), 
and related minerals over the 32-year lifetime of the Project.
    The Project is a potash mine proposed on 124,223 acres of Federal 
and State mineral leases. The proposal includes mining facilities 
located on-lease with off-lease supporting infrastructure. On-lease 
facilities include evaporation ponds; a brine extraction system 
(trenches, wells, and conveyance canals); a recharge system (trenches, 
canals, and Sevier River diversion); a waste product storage area 
(purge brine and tailings); access roads, and processing facilities. 
The off-lease ROW facilities, proposed on approximately 4,135 acres, 
include power and communication lines, a natural gas pipeline, a rail 
loadout facility and rail spur; water supply wells; communication 
towers; preconcentration ponds; segments of recharge canals and the 
playa perimeter road; and access roads. Three gravel pits would also be 
developed.
    Potassium-bearing brines would be extracted from trenches and wells 
on the Sevier Playa, and routed through a series of ponds, using solar 
evaporation to concentrate the brine. The preconcentration ponds would 
concentrate the brine causing halite (NaCl, table salt) and other non-
commercial salts to precipitate. These salts would be stored in the 
preconcentration ponds. The saturated brine would be transferred to the 
production ponds for further evaporation, causing potassium-rich salts 
to precipitate. The production ponds would be harvested year-round, 
with the potassium-rich salts moved directly to a facility for 
processing into SOP. The SOP would be trucked to the rail loadout 
facility for distribution. Purge brine containing primarily magnesium 
chloride (MgCl2) would be removed from the production ponds 
before harvesting begins and would be piped to an on-playa purge brine 
storage pond. Process by-products (solid tailings) from the processing 
facility would be trucked to the on-playa tailings storage area.
    The Draft EIS analyzes CPM's Mining Plan, prepared for development 
of Federal potassium mineral leases acquired in 2011 and potash mineral 
leases acquired on State lands. These leases were amalgamated under BLM 
casefile number UTU-88387. In addition, the Draft EIS analyzes CPM's 
request for rights-of-way (ROWs) to construct various ancillary 
facilities on public lands in the vicinity of the mineral leases, but 
outside the lease boundary. CPM prepared a Plan of Development (POD) 
for the ROWs that they have requested. The Draft EIS also analyzes 
CPM's request to purchase mineral materials for gravel to support 
construction and operation of the Project. Although the BLM may only 
make decisions pertaining to public lands managed by the BLM, the EIS 
analyzes the complete Project including portions located on state and 
private lands.
    This Draft EIS evaluates, in detail, the no action alternative, the 
proposed action, and five action alternatives. Alternative 1 would 
route a cross-country segment of the off-lease 69-kV power and 
communication line to an alignment along existing roads, including SR 
257 and SR-257 Cutoff Road. Alternative 2 would route a cross-country 
segment of the off-lease 69-kV power and communication line to a more 
southern orientation along existing roads, including Crystal Peak Road 
and Crystal Peak Spur Road. Alternative 3 would route a segment of the 
off-lease natural gas pipeline entirely on BLM land to avoid crossing 
private lands. Alternative 4 would route a cross-country segment of the 
off-lease natural gas pipeline to a similar alignment as Alternative 2 
along existing roads, including Crystal Peak Road and Crystal Peak Spur 
Road. Alternative 5 is an alternative method of diverting flows from 
the Sevier River into the recharge system. This alternative would 
relocate the on-lease Sevier River diversion facilities, including 
diversion channel, recharge canal, diversion culvert and sump, and 
perimeter and access roads slightly to the west, within the boundary of 
the playa.
    Based on public scoping and internal review, the principal issues 
analyzed in the Draft EIS include: (1) Impacts to water resources and 
water quality including adverse effects to surface water and 
groundwater basins, as well as impacts to existing water rights 
holders; (2) adverse effects to air quality in the form of fugitive 
dust produced during construction and operation of the mine facilities; 
(3) impacts to cultural resources and historic properties, including 
rock art and subsurface features; (4) impacts to migratory bird 
populations; and (5) the socioeconomic effects of water right 
acquisition for recharge water. Analysis also includes impacts to the 
following resources: Visual, wildlife, access, range management, 
recreation, and soils.
    The BLM published a Notice of Intent for the Project on March 12, 
2014. Scoping was extended through August 31, 2015, due to Project 
delays. A public scoping meeting was held in Delta, Utah, on August 5, 
2015. The public

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was offered the opportunity to provide written comments throughout the 
scoping process.
    In 2015, pursuant to Executive Order 13175, the BLM initiated 
government-to-government consultation with interested tribes, including 
the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, the Hopi Tribe, the 
Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, the Kanosh Band of Paiute Indians, the 
Navajo Nation, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Skull Valley Band 
of Goshute, and the Ute Indian Tribe. Beginning in 2015, the BLM 
coordinated with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office and seven 
other consulting parties that requested to participate in the Section 
106 process, to develop a Programmatic Agreement to outline a process 
to be used to avoid, mitigate, or treat adverse effects to historic 
properties.
    In August 2015, the BLM invited agencies to participate as 
Cooperating Agencies in the Project. The following agencies accepted 
the invitation: The U.S. Department of Defense (Utah Test and Training 
Range), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, the State of Utah, and Millard and Beaver Counties. 
These agencies and governments reviewed the Draft EIS before it was 
available to the public and their comments have been incorporated into 
the document.
    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 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10.

Anita Bilbao,
Associate State Director.
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