Notice of Availability for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Deep South Expansion Project, Lander and Eureka Counties, Nevada, 36122-36123 [2019-15828]

Download as PDF jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 36122 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2019 / Notices including diversion channel, recharge canal, diversion culvert and sump, and perimeter and access roads slightly to the west, within the boundary of the playa. In selecting the preferred alternative, the BLM considered all information that has been received consistent with the Federal Lands Policy Management Act (FLPMA), the Mineral Leasing Act, and ROW permitting responsibilities. The agency preferred alternative is the proposed action, based on CPM’s Mining Plan, POD, and Gravel Pit Mining Plan. The agency preferred alternative includes design features, supplemental plans, and specific mitigation measures BLM has worked with CPM to develop an environmentally sound and technically viable proposal that addresses comments and suggestions received from the cooperating agencies and the public. The BLM published a Notice of Intent for the Project on March 12, 2014 (79 FR 14078). Scoping was extended through August 31, 2015. A public scoping meeting was held in Delta, Utah on August 5, 2015. The public 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 the following federally recognized tribes: Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, the Hopi Tribe, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, the Navajo Nation, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians, 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, which outlines a process to be used to avoid, mitigate, or treat adverse effects to historic properties. The BLM reached out to consult with the tribes again on November 19, 2018, with follow up phone calls and emails. On June 21, 2019, the BLM sent an update to the tribes on the project and inviting continued consultation on the Project. In August 2015, the BLM invited jurisdictional 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 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 Final EIS VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Jul 25, 2019 Jkt 247001 before it was available to the public and their comments have been incorporated into the document. On November 30, 2018, the BLM published a Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register (83 FR 61668) as did the EPA (83 FR 61632) which started a 45-day comment period. The Draft EIS comment period ran from November 30, 2018, until January 14, 2019. However, any comments received by the BLM by January 29, 2019, were considered in the Final EIS. During the public comment period on the Draft EIS, the BLM Fillmore Field Office received 10 comment letters and emails from cooperating agencies, local governments, interested parties, and the public. The majority of the concerns which were raised through the comments included (1) impacts to water resources and water quality including adverse effects to: Surface water, groundwater basins, existing water rights holders; (2) adverse effects to air quality in the form of fugitive dust and the criteria pollutant NO2 produced during construction and operation of the mine facilities; (3) impacts to migratory bird and bat populations; (4) the socioeconomic effects of water right acquisition for recharge water; (5) the NEPA process including the range of alternatives and alternatives considered but not analyzed in detail; (6) lands with wilderness characteristics; and (7) impacts to dark night skies. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest 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. Edwin L. Roberson, State Director. [FR Doc. 2019–15903 Filed 7–25–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVB0l000.L51100000. GN0000.LVEMF1604910 MO# 4500135252] Notice of Availability for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Deep South Expansion Project, Lander and Eureka Counties, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mount Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing its availability. Barrick Cortez, Inc. (BCI) is proposing to expand its existing Cortez Hills Project mining operations, which are located southeast of Battle Mountain in Eureka and Lander Counties, Nevada. 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 Final EIS for the Deep South Expansion Project and other documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Mount Lewis Field Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820. The document is also available for download at https://go.usa.gov/xmQR9. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Hurrell, Project Manager; telephone: 775–635–4000; address: 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820; or email: blm_nv_mlfo_ deepsoutheis@blm.gov. Contact Kevin Hurrell to have your name added to BLM’s 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: There are 54,825 acres of public lands within the Plan of Operations boundary that are administered by the BLM Mount Lewis Field Office, and 3,268 acres of private lands controlled by BCI. BCI was E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2019 / Notices previously authorized to disturb 16,700 acres within their Plan of Operations boundary. The proposed mine expansion, named the Deep South Expansion Project (Proposed Project) would require a modification to the Plan of Operations to increase the plan boundary by 4,279 acres: from 58,093 acres to 62,372 acres. The proposed modification would result in approximately 3,846 acres of new disturbance inside the new proposed plan boundary, of which 2,779 acres are public lands. BCI currently employs about 1,250 people from the northern Nevada towns of Elko, Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, Eureka, Carlin, and surrounding areas. If the Deep South Expansion Project is approved, the company expects to extend the mine life and employment opportunities for its workforce by another 12 years. BCI’s purpose for the Deep South Expansion Project is to continue to profitably recover gold and silver from reserves and resources on federal mining claims in the Project Area utilizing, to the extent practical, existing facilities at BCI’s currently permitted operations within the Project Area. The Final EIS describes and analyzes the Proposed Project’s direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on all affected resources. In addition to the Proposed Project, the Final EIS analyzes one additional action alternative (the Gold Acres Pit Partial Backfill alternative) and the No Action Alternative. Under the Gold Acres Pit Partial Backfill Alternative, the proposed expansion of the existing Gold Acres Pit would be completed prior to development of the proposed satellite pits (Alta, Bellwether, and Pasture), with the waste rock from the satellite pits (30 million tons) placed as backfill in the Gold Acres Pit to an approximate elevation of 5,440 feet above mean sea level (amsl) (Figures 2–18 and 2–19). This would result in a 72-acre reduction in the proposed new disturbance for the Gold Acres North Waste Rock Facility. The pit bottom elevations for the expanded Gold Acres Pit and proposed satellite pits would be the same as described for the Proposed Action. No dewatering would be required for the proposed expansion of open pit operations at the Gold Acres Complex as the proposed pit bottom elevations would be above the groundwater table. Therefore, proposed dewatering and water management operations would be the same as under the Proposed Action. Under the No Action Alternative, the proposed facilities and facility modifications as well as the proposed operations modifications that comprise VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Jul 25, 2019 Jkt 247001 the Deep South Expansion Project would not be developed or implemented. Under this alternative, the existing mining and processing operations in the Project Area and the current off site transport of refractory ore to the Goldstrike Mill for processing and backhaul of Arturo Mine oxide ore to the Pipeline Complex for processing would continue under the terms of current permits and approvals as authorized by the BLM and State of Nevada. On March 29, 2017, a Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register (80 FR 58501) inviting scoping comments on the Proposed Action. The BLM held three public scoping meetings on April 18, 19, and 20, 2017, in Battle Mountain, Crescent Valley, and Elko, Nevada respectively. The BLM received six scoping comment submittals during the scoping period. Concerns raised included impacts to water resources, air quality, wildlife, and recreation. The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2018 (83 FR 53292), commencing a 45-day comment period that ended on December 5, 2018. The BLM held three public comment meetings on November 6, 7, and 8, 2018 in Battle Mountain, Crescent Valley, and Elko, Nevada respectively. A total of 29 comment letters were received on the Draft EIS via mail and email. All agency and public comments on the Draft EIS were given careful consideration in preparation of the Final EIS. Each comment, as well as a corresponding response, is provided in Appendix F of the Final EIS. The BLM has utilized and coordinated the NEPA scoping and comment process to help fulfill the public involvement requirements under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (54 U.S.C. 306108) as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), and the agency continues to do so. The information about historical 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 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 cultural PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36123 resources, have been analyzed in the Final EIS. Bradlee Matthews, Acting Field Manager, Mount Lewis Field Office. [FR Doc. 2019–15828 Filed 7–25–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. 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The public version of the complaint can be accessed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov, and will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at United States International Trade Commission (USITC) at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 144 (Friday, July 26, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVB0l000.L51100000. GN0000.LVEMF1604910 MO# 4500135252]


Notice of Availability for the Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Deep South Expansion Project, Lander and Eureka Counties, 
Nevada

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mount 
Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, has prepared a Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing 
its availability. Barrick Cortez, Inc. (BCI) is proposing to expand its 
existing Cortez Hills Project mining operations, which are located 
southeast of Battle Mountain in Eureka and Lander Counties, Nevada.

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 Final EIS for the Deep South Expansion Project 
and other documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the 
Mount Lewis Field Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 
89820. The document is also available for download at https://go.usa.gov/xmQR9.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Hurrell, Project Manager; 
telephone: 775-635-4000; address: 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, 
Nevada 89820; or email: [email protected]. Contact Kevin 
Hurrell to have your name added to BLM's 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: There are 54,825 acres of public lands 
within the Plan of Operations boundary that are administered by the BLM 
Mount Lewis Field Office, and 3,268 acres of private lands controlled 
by BCI. BCI was

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previously authorized to disturb 16,700 acres within their Plan of 
Operations boundary.
    The proposed mine expansion, named the Deep South Expansion Project 
(Proposed Project) would require a modification to the Plan of 
Operations to increase the plan boundary by 4,279 acres: from 58,093 
acres to 62,372 acres. The proposed modification would result in 
approximately 3,846 acres of new disturbance inside the new proposed 
plan boundary, of which 2,779 acres are public lands.
    BCI currently employs about 1,250 people from the northern Nevada 
towns of Elko, Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, Eureka, Carlin, and 
surrounding areas. If the Deep South Expansion Project is approved, the 
company expects to extend the mine life and employment opportunities 
for its workforce by another 12 years.
    BCI's purpose for the Deep South Expansion Project is to continue 
to profitably recover gold and silver from reserves and resources on 
federal mining claims in the Project Area utilizing, to the extent 
practical, existing facilities at BCI's currently permitted operations 
within the Project Area.
    The Final EIS describes and analyzes the Proposed Project's direct, 
indirect, and cumulative impacts on all affected resources. In addition 
to the Proposed Project, the Final EIS analyzes one additional action 
alternative (the Gold Acres Pit Partial Backfill alternative) and the 
No Action Alternative.
    Under the Gold Acres Pit Partial Backfill Alternative, the proposed 
expansion of the existing Gold Acres Pit would be completed prior to 
development of the proposed satellite pits (Alta, Bellwether, and 
Pasture), with the waste rock from the satellite pits (30 million tons) 
placed as backfill in the Gold Acres Pit to an approximate elevation of 
5,440 feet above mean sea level (amsl) (Figures 2-18 and 2-19). This 
would result in a 72-acre reduction in the proposed new disturbance for 
the Gold Acres North Waste Rock Facility. The pit bottom elevations for 
the expanded Gold Acres Pit and proposed satellite pits would be the 
same as described for the Proposed Action. No dewatering would be 
required for the proposed expansion of open pit operations at the Gold 
Acres Complex as the proposed pit bottom elevations would be above the 
groundwater table. Therefore, proposed dewatering and water management 
operations would be the same as under the Proposed Action.
    Under the No Action Alternative, the proposed facilities and 
facility modifications as well as the proposed operations modifications 
that comprise the Deep South Expansion Project would not be developed 
or implemented. Under this alternative, the existing mining and 
processing operations in the Project Area and the current off site 
transport of refractory ore to the Goldstrike Mill for processing and 
backhaul of Arturo Mine oxide ore to the Pipeline Complex for 
processing would continue under the terms of current permits and 
approvals as authorized by the BLM and State of Nevada.
    On March 29, 2017, a Notice of Intent was published in the Federal 
Register (80 FR 58501) inviting scoping comments on the Proposed 
Action. The BLM held three public scoping meetings on April 18, 19, and 
20, 2017, in Battle Mountain, Crescent Valley, and Elko, Nevada 
respectively. The BLM received six scoping comment submittals during 
the scoping period. Concerns raised included impacts to water 
resources, air quality, wildlife, and recreation.
    The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS was published in 
the Federal Register on October 22, 2018 (83 FR 53292), commencing a 
45-day comment period that ended on December 5, 2018. The BLM held 
three public comment meetings on November 6, 7, and 8, 2018 in Battle 
Mountain, Crescent Valley, and Elko, Nevada respectively. A total of 29 
comment letters were received on the Draft EIS via mail and email. All 
agency and public comments on the Draft EIS were given careful 
consideration in preparation of the Final EIS. Each comment, as well as 
a corresponding response, is provided in Appendix F of the Final EIS.
    The BLM has utilized and coordinated the NEPA scoping and comment 
process to help fulfill the public involvement requirements under the 
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (54 U.S.C. 306108) as 
provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), and the agency continues to do so. The 
information about historical 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 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 cultural resources, have been analyzed in the Final EIS.

Bradlee Matthews,
Acting Field Manager, Mount Lewis Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2019-15828 Filed 7-25-19; 8:45 am]
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