Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed POA11 Project-Modification to the Plan of Operations for the Coeur Rochester and Packard Mines, Pershing County, Nevada, 8106-8107 [2019-04058]

Download as PDF 8106 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 44 / Wednesday, March 6, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVB0100.L19900000.EX0000.211B.19X MO#4500130127] Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Mount Hope Project, Eureka County, Nevada AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice. ACTION: 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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mount Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the public comment period to solicit public comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS. The Mount Hope Project (Project) is owned by Eureka Moly, LLC (EML) and is located in central Nevada, approximately 23 miles northwest of Eureka, Nevada. The BLM has prepared this Draft Supplemental EIS as a response to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s remand decision for further action on issues identified in its December 28, 2016 decision. DATES: To ensure comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Mount Hope Project by any of the following methods: • Email: blm_nv_bmdo_eurekamoly_ seis@blm.gov. • Fax: 775–635–4034. • Mail: 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be downloaded from https:// go.usa.gov/xUhRK or examined at the Mount Lewis Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Hurrell—Project Manager, telephone 775–635–4000; address 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820. Contact Kevin Hurrell to have your name added to our 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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Mar 05, 2019 Jkt 247001 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. The BLM has prepared this Draft Supplemental EIS as a response to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s remand decision for further action on issues identified in its December 28, 2016 decision. The Draft Supplemental EIS includes the following: (1) An explanation of the usage of baseline values of zero for several air pollutants; (2) a quantitative cumulative air quality impacts analysis; and (3) a clarification of the status of certain springs and water holes under Executive Order Public Water Reserve No. 107. The Bureau of Land Management Mount Lewis Field Office authorized the Mount Hope Project Record of Decision, Plan of Operations Approval, and Approval of Issuance of Right-ofWay Grants on November 16, 2012. The Project consists of a proposed molybdenum mine including a power transmission line, a water well field, and all associated facilities to be located on public land administered by the BLM Mount Lewis Field Office and on private land controlled by EML. The Project will utilize an open pit mining method and will process the mined ore using a flotation and roasting process. When completed, a total of 8,618 acres of disturbance would occur within the 23,065-acre Project area. Of the 8,618 acres, 8,359 is public land and 259 is private land. The BLM has consulted, and continues to consult, with Native American tribes on a government-togovernment basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the Project are invited to participate in the comment process. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 Jon D. Sherve, Field Manager, Mount Lewis Field Office. [FR Doc. 2019–04059 Filed 3–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW00000.L51100000. GN0000.LVEMF1805980.18X MO# 4500131512] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed POA11 Project— Modification to the Plan of Operations for the Coeur Rochester and Packard Mines, Pershing County, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. 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) 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 Coeur Rochester and Packard silver mining operation in Pershing County, Nevada. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues to be considered in the EIS, and 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 to be considered in the EIS may be submitted in writing until April 5, 2019. The dates and locations of two scoping meetings, one in Lovelock and the other in Winnemucca, Nevada, will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM website at: https://www.blm.gov/office/ winnemucca-district-office. 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 Coeur Rochester and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 44 / Wednesday, March 6, 2019 / Notices Packard Mines POA11 Project by any of the following methods: • Website: https://go.usa.gov/xPdjC. • Email: wfoweb@blm.gov. Include ‘‘Coeur POA11 EIS Comments’’ in the subject line. • Fax: (775) 623–1503. • Mail: BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, NV 89445. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Humboldt River Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Rehberg, telephone 775–623– 1500; address BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445; email krehberg@blm.gov. Contact Ms. Rehberg to have your name added to our 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: The applicant, Coeur Rochester Inc. has requested to modify its approved Plan of Operations at the Rochester and Packard mines to expand its mining operations. The mine is located approximately 26 miles northeast of Lovelock, Nevada. The mine is currently authorized to disturb up to 2203.1 acres (approximately 164.6 acres of private land and 2038.5 acres of public land), as permitted under a series of Environmental Impacts Statements and Environmental Assessments beginning with the initial Plan of Operations in 1986 through the latest EIS in 2015. Coeur Rochester Inc, is proposing to expand and optimize their current operations. Their proposed action would expand mining in both of their current pits (the Rochester and Packard pits) and move, relocate, or expand: Heap leach pads, waste rock dumps, haul roads, access road, water pipeline, and processing facilities. The proposal would increase disturbance by 2,815.4 acres (435.2 acres on private land and 2380.2 acres on public land). Mining of the Rochester Pit would extend below groundwater and require dewatering, resulting in a permanent pit lake after closure. Additional potentially acid generating material would be excavated and would be processed as ore or stored according to their Waste Rock Storage Plan. The plan would also VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Mar 05, 2019 Jkt 247001 necessitate an upgrade in power distribution lines and a substation. With the proposed expansion, mine life would be extended to 2033, and would be followed by mine closure and reclamation. 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) Dewatering during mining and the formation of a pit lake after completion of mining activities; (b) Production of acid forming rock and to waters of the state and public lands; (c) Potential impacts to visual resources; (d) Potential impacts to wildlife habitat; and (e) Potential impacts to the Rochester Historic Mining district. The BLM will use the procedures for public involvement under the NEPA process to also satisfy the public involvement requirements 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 National Historic Preservation Act. 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 Coeur Rochester and Packard Mines Plan of Operations—POA11 Project are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be asked 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. PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8107 Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 David Kampwerth, Field Manager, Humboldt River Field Office. [FR Doc. 2019–04058 Filed 3–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [MTM 952800; 3720–58] Legal Description of the Limestone Hills Training Area Withdrawal, Montana Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of legal description. AGENCY: This notice provides official publication of the legal description for the Limestone Hills Training Area (LHTA) Withdrawal and notification of the availability of the map dated May 11, 2017. DATES: The lands in the legal description contained in this notice were withdrawn on December 26, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Insko, Realty Specialist, telephone: 406–533–7600; email: minsko@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to leave a message or question for Mr. Insko. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 2912(a)(1) of Public Law 113–66, enacted December 26, 2013, and known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (FY2014 NDAA), withdrew lands in the LHTA for military purposes based on a map dated April 10, 2013. The FY2014 NDAA required the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to publish the official legal description of the lands in the Federal Register as soon as practicable after enactment of the legislation. The BLM could not use the April 10, 2013, map to create a legal description without an on-the-ground cadastral survey, and agreed to correct the map. Section 2850 of Public Law 115–232, enacted August 13, 2018, and known as the NDAA for FY 2019 (FY2019 NDAA), references an updated map dated May 11, 2017, as a technical correction and the basis for the legal description. The legal description of the withdrawal for the LHTA is as follows: SUMMARY: Principal Meridian, Montana T. 5 N., R. 1 E., E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 44 (Wednesday, March 6, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVW00000.L51100000.GN0000.LVEMF1805980.18X MO#4500131512]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed POA11 Project--Modification to the Plan of Operations for 
the Coeur Rochester and Packard Mines, Pershing County, Nevada

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 Coeur Rochester and Packard silver mining 
operation in Pershing County, Nevada. This notice announces the 
beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and 
identify issues to be considered in the EIS, and 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 to be considered in the EIS may be submitted in 
writing until April 5, 2019. The dates and locations of two scoping 
meetings, one in Lovelock and the other in Winnemucca, Nevada, will be 
announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers 
and the BLM website at: https://www.blm.gov/office/winnemucca-district-office. 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 Coeur Rochester and

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Packard Mines POA11 Project by any of the following methods:
     Website: https://go.usa.gov/xPdjC.
     Email: wfoweb@blm.gov. Include ``Coeur POA11 EIS 
Comments'' in the subject line.
     Fax: (775) 623-1503.
     Mail: BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field 
Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, NV 89445.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the 
Humboldt River Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Rehberg, telephone 775-623-
1500; address BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office, 
5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445; email 
krehberg@blm.gov. Contact Ms. Rehberg to have your name added to our 
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: The applicant, Coeur Rochester Inc. has 
requested to modify its approved Plan of Operations at the Rochester 
and Packard mines to expand its mining operations. The mine is located 
approximately 26 miles northeast of Lovelock, Nevada. The mine is 
currently authorized to disturb up to 2203.1 acres (approximately 164.6 
acres of private land and 2038.5 acres of public land), as permitted 
under a series of Environmental Impacts Statements and Environmental 
Assessments beginning with the initial Plan of Operations in 1986 
through the latest EIS in 2015. Coeur Rochester Inc, is proposing to 
expand and optimize their current operations. Their proposed action 
would expand mining in both of their current pits (the Rochester and 
Packard pits) and move, relocate, or expand: Heap leach pads, waste 
rock dumps, haul roads, access road, water pipeline, and processing 
facilities. The proposal would increase disturbance by 2,815.4 acres 
(435.2 acres on private land and 2380.2 acres on public land).
    Mining of the Rochester Pit would extend below groundwater and 
require dewatering, resulting in a permanent pit lake after closure. 
Additional potentially acid generating material would be excavated and 
would be processed as ore or stored according to their Waste Rock 
Storage Plan. The plan would also necessitate an upgrade in power 
distribution lines and a substation. With the proposed expansion, mine 
life would be extended to 2033, and would be followed by mine closure 
and reclamation.
    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) Dewatering during mining and the formation of a pit lake after 
completion of mining activities; (b) Production of acid forming rock 
and to waters of the state and public lands; (c) Potential impacts to 
visual resources; (d) Potential impacts to wildlife habitat; and (e) 
Potential impacts to the Rochester Historic Mining district.
    The BLM will use the procedures for public involvement under the 
NEPA process to also satisfy the public involvement requirements 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 National Historic 
Preservation Act.
    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 Coeur Rochester and 
Packard Mines Plan of Operations--POA11 Project are invited to 
participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be 
asked 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

David Kampwerth,
Field Manager, Humboldt River Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2019-04058 Filed 3-5-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4310-HC-P