Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Robinson Mine Plan of Operations Amendment and Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment, White Pine County, Nevada, 32046-32047 [2020-11374]

Download as PDF 32046 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 103 / Thursday, May 28, 2020 / Notices incidental take of the covered species from the implementation of the covered activities described in the HCP. A permit decision will be made no sooner than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority We issue this notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32), and the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 46.305). Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2020–11369 Filed 5–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMTC02000.L51100000.GA0000. LVEME14CE500] Notice of Termination of Spring Creek Coal Mine Environmental Impact Statement, Big Horn County, MT Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of termination. AGENCY: The preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Spring Creek Coal Mine is no longer necessary and the process is hereby terminated. DATES: This termination takes effect immediately. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Irma Nansel, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, Miles City Field Office, telephone: 406–233–3653, email: inansel@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 Ms. Nansel during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016 (81 FR 90380). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 May 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 The EIS was to evaluate the potential impacts of four proposed actions related to coal mining at the Spring Creek Mine in Big Horn County, Montana: (1) Federal Coal Lease by Application; (2) Application To Modify Federal Coal Lease; (3) Application To Amend Land Use Permit; and (4) Application for a Land Use Lease. The proposed actions involved the potential sale of two tracts of Federal coal through a Lease-ByApplication (LBA) and a lease modification application. Both applications covered proposed actions for Federal coal within the Spring Creek Mine. Related to these leasing requests, the EIS would have also evaluated proposed amendments to an existing land use permit to maintain access to mine monitoring and gauging stations and an existing land use lease to provide room for the placement of overburden and infrastructure. Since the publication of the NOI to prepare an EIS, the BLM no longer proposes to take action due to the unknown timeframe to complete required lease transfers to the new company (the previous company filed for bankruptcy after the NOI was published). Lease transfers may be prolonged due to ongoing bankruptcy court proceedings and the primary need to obtain required State permits to continue current mine operations. In addition, depending on the request by the new company owner, the BLM would need to determine the type of NEPA document to be completed for the proposed action while considering the Miles City Field Office Supplemental EIS Record of Decision, which was signed on November 24, 2019. The lack of lease and mine permit transfers in the near future, in addition to an unknown proposed action, has eliminated the need for detailed analysis. Therefore, the BLM hereby terminates preparation of an EIS for the Spring Creek Coal Mine. (Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10) John Mehlhoff, State Director, Montana/Dakotas BLM. [FR Doc. 2020–11441 Filed 5–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVL0000–L51100000–GN0000– LVEMF1905850 19X MO #4500144424] Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Robinson Mine Plan of Operations Amendment and Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment, White Pine 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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District (EYDO), Nevada, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Robinson Mine Plan of Operations Amendment and proposed Amendment of the BLM Ely District Resource Management Plan (RMP). By this Notice, BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This Notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until June 29, 2020. To maximize the opportunity for public input on this project while prioritizing the health and safety of BLM employees and the interested public, BLM will host online virtual public scoping meetings to provide information and gather input on the project. The date(s) and information on how to login and participate in these virtual scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media and on the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/xvYad. In order to be considered in the scope of analysis for 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 scoping 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 Robinson Mine Plan of Operations Amendment and Proposed Ely District RMP Amendment by any of the following methods: • Website: https://go.usa.gov/xvYad. • Email: blm_nv_edyo_robinson_eis@ blm.gov. • Mail: BLM Bristlecone Field Office, ATTN: Robinson EIS Project, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, Nevada 89301. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 103 / Thursday, May 28, 2020 / Notices Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BFO. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tiera Arbogast, telephone 775–289– 1872, or email tarbogast@blm.gov. Contact Ms. Arbogast to have your name added to the 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 Ms. Arbogast 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. Normal business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM EYDO, Ely, NV, intends to prepare an EIS for the Robinson Mine Plan of Operations Amendment, as well as a Proposed Ely District RMP Amendment. It also initiates the public scoping process, and seeks public input on preliminary issues regarding the proposed project and RMP amendment. The Robinson Mine is an 8,887.6-acre copper mining operation adjacent to Ruth, Nevada and seven miles west of Ely, Nevada via U.S. Route 50. Project area boundaries are within Township 16 North (T16N), Range 61 East (R61E), Sections 1, 2, 11 through 14, 23–26, 35, and 36; T16N, R62E, Sections 2 through 24, and 28 through 31; T16N, R63E, Sections 7, 8, and 17 through 20; and Township 17 North, Range 62 East, Sections 20, 21, 28, 29, and 32 through 35, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian. The BLM has received a proposal from KGHM—Robinson Nevada Mining Company to amend the Robinson Project Plan of Operations to extend the mine life to 2028 through authorization of the following actions: resume mining in the Liberty Pit, construct the new King Waste Rock Dump south of the Liberty and Ruth Pits, and expand storage capacity at the Giroux Wash Tailings Storage Facility. The EIS will analyze an alternative to resume waste rock placement on the North Tripp Waste Rock Dump, requiring North Tripp Waste Rock Dump expansion. The proposed activities would result in a total increase of approximately 1,227 acres of surface disturbance within the Project Area Boundary for a new end of mine life total surface disturbance of 10,115 acres. The proposed increase would comprise 246 acres of new disturbance on private land controlled by KGHM Robinson and 981 acres of new disturbance located on public lands administered by the BLM. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 May 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 This EIS will also analyze a proposed amendment to the Ely District RMP for approximately 10,865 acres of BLM lands within the Plan of Operations boundary to be managed as Visual Resource Management (VRM) Class IV instead of the current VRM Class II and VRM Class III. This would provide for visual resource management that is consistent with current and future proposed mining operations. The Robinson Mine currently operates four open pits including the Aultman Pit, Liberty Pit, Tripp/Veteran Pit and Ruth West and Ruth East Pits. The approximate total surface disturbance of the open pits is 2,061 acres. Ruth Pit is the only authorized pit that occurs on BLM-administered lands, with a total authorized surface disturbance of 36.6 acres on public land. Twelve Waste Rock Dumps and two ore stockpiles are authorized at Robinson Mine, with a total combined surface disturbance of approximately 3,055 acres, 721 acres on public lands. Tailings produced during milling operations are placed in the authorized Giroux Wash Tailings Storage Facility, approximately 1973 acres, 70.5 acres of which occur on public lands. Other facilities that support Robinson Mine operations include mill and flotation circuits, gold heap leach and process facilities, evaporations cells and ponds, pumps and pipelines, power substations and distribution lines, a landfill, and a number of other buildings and facilities, yards, and equipment. Robinson Mine has an ongoing exploration drilling program to provide information for the geologic model, better define the ore body, and provide metallurgical samples. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will guide the planning process, including the range of alternatives and analysis included in the EIS. You may submit comments in writing to the BLM as shown in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, your comments should be submitted by the close of the 30-day scoping period. The BLM will use its fulfillment of the NEPA public participation requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) pursuant to 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 Section 106 of the NHPA. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32047 The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including 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 action that the BLM is evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. The public is encouraged to help identify any issues, including impact concerns or the range of alternatives that should be analyzed, so that they that may be addressed in the EIS. The BLM will work collaboratively with all interested parties to identify the issues. 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 and 43 CFR 1610.2) Jared Bybee, Associate District Manager, Ely District Office. [FR Doc. 2020–11374 Filed 5–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORL00000.L10200000. XZ0000.LXSSH1050000.20X.HAG 20–0058] Notice of Public Meetings for the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The Southeast Oregon RAC will hold meetings on June 10–11, 2020, and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Robinson Mine Plan of Operations Amendment and Proposed Resource 
Management Plan Amendment, White Pine 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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely 
District (EYDO), Nevada, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the Robinson Mine Plan of Operations Amendment and 
proposed Amendment of the BLM Ely District Resource Management Plan 
(RMP). By this Notice, BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping 
process to solicit public comments and identify issues.

DATES: This Notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. 
Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until June 29, 2020. To 
maximize the opportunity for public input on this project while 
prioritizing the health and safety of BLM employees and the interested 
public, BLM will host online virtual public scoping meetings to provide 
information and gather input on the project. The date(s) and 
information on how to login and participate in these virtual scoping 
meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local 
media and on the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/xvYad. In order to 
be considered in the scope of analysis for 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 scoping 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 Robinson Mine Plan of 
Operations Amendment and Proposed Ely District RMP Amendment by any of 
the following methods:
     Website: https://go.usa.gov/xvYad.
     Email: [email protected].
     Mail: BLM Bristlecone Field Office, ATTN: Robinson EIS 
Project, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, Nevada 89301.

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    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BFO.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tiera Arbogast, telephone 775-289-
1872, or email [email protected]. Contact Ms. Arbogast to have your 
name added to the 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 Ms. Arbogast 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. Normal business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM 
EYDO, Ely, NV, intends to prepare an EIS for the Robinson Mine Plan of 
Operations Amendment, as well as a Proposed Ely District RMP Amendment. 
It also initiates the public scoping process, and seeks public input on 
preliminary issues regarding the proposed project and RMP amendment. 
The Robinson Mine is an 8,887.6-acre copper mining operation adjacent 
to Ruth, Nevada and seven miles west of Ely, Nevada via U.S. Route 50. 
Project area boundaries are within Township 16 North (T16N), Range 61 
East (R61E), Sections 1, 2, 11 through 14, 23-26, 35, and 36; T16N, 
R62E, Sections 2 through 24, and 28 through 31; T16N, R63E, Sections 7, 
8, and 17 through 20; and Township 17 North, Range 62 East, Sections 
20, 21, 28, 29, and 32 through 35, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian. 
The BLM has received a proposal from KGHM--Robinson Nevada Mining 
Company to amend the Robinson Project Plan of Operations to extend the 
mine life to 2028 through authorization of the following actions: 
resume mining in the Liberty Pit, construct the new King Waste Rock 
Dump south of the Liberty and Ruth Pits, and expand storage capacity at 
the Giroux Wash Tailings Storage Facility. The EIS will analyze an 
alternative to resume waste rock placement on the North Tripp Waste 
Rock Dump, requiring North Tripp Waste Rock Dump expansion. The 
proposed activities would result in a total increase of approximately 
1,227 acres of surface disturbance within the Project Area Boundary for 
a new end of mine life total surface disturbance of 10,115 acres. The 
proposed increase would comprise 246 acres of new disturbance on 
private land controlled by KGHM Robinson and 981 acres of new 
disturbance located on public lands administered by the BLM.
    This EIS will also analyze a proposed amendment to the Ely District 
RMP for approximately 10,865 acres of BLM lands within the Plan of 
Operations boundary to be managed as Visual Resource Management (VRM) 
Class IV instead of the current VRM Class II and VRM Class III. This 
would provide for visual resource management that is consistent with 
current and future proposed mining operations.
    The Robinson Mine currently operates four open pits including the 
Aultman Pit, Liberty Pit, Tripp/Veteran Pit and Ruth West and Ruth East 
Pits. The approximate total surface disturbance of the open pits is 
2,061 acres. Ruth Pit is the only authorized pit that occurs on BLM-
administered lands, with a total authorized surface disturbance of 36.6 
acres on public land. Twelve Waste Rock Dumps and two ore stockpiles 
are authorized at Robinson Mine, with a total combined surface 
disturbance of approximately 3,055 acres, 721 acres on public lands. 
Tailings produced during milling operations are placed in the 
authorized Giroux Wash Tailings Storage Facility, approximately 1973 
acres, 70.5 acres of which occur on public lands. Other facilities that 
support Robinson Mine operations include mill and flotation circuits, 
gold heap leach and process facilities, evaporations cells and ponds, 
pumps and pipelines, power substations and distribution lines, a 
landfill, and a number of other buildings and facilities, yards, and 
equipment. Robinson Mine has an ongoing exploration drilling program to 
provide information for the geologic model, better define the ore body, 
and provide metallurgical samples.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will guide the planning process, including the range of 
alternatives and analysis included in the EIS.
    You may submit comments in writing to the BLM as shown in the 
ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, your comments should be 
submitted by the close of the 30-day scoping period.
    The BLM will use its fulfillment of the NEPA public participation 
requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement 
requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation 
Act (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) pursuant to 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 
Section 106 of the NHPA.
    The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-
government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other 
policies. Tribal concerns, including 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 action that the BLM is evaluating, are invited to participate 
in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by 
the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis 
as a cooperating agency.
    The public is encouraged to help identify any issues, including 
impact concerns or the range of alternatives that should be analyzed, 
so that they that may be addressed in the EIS. The BLM will work 
collaboratively with all interested parties to identify the issues.
    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 and 43 CFR 1610.2)

Jared Bybee,
Associate District Manager, Ely District Office.
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