Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey today announced the BLM has signed the Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed mine expansion at Coeur Rochester, Inc. (CRI) located 20 miles northeast of Lovelock, in Pershing County, Nevada.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluated CRI’s Plan Amendment #8 to the Rochester Mine Plan of Operations. The proposed action analyzed in the EA is the resumption of mining and leaching operations at the mine. The EA analyzed potential impacts from the proposed action and the expansion of mining related disturbances. A thorough analysis for mine closure/reclamation will occur at a later date.
“The BLM is pleased to complete the environmental analysis and Decision Record that will allow for the expansion.” said Abbey. “This proposed project will create new jobs and help stimulate economical support for the county and local community.”
The document may be reviewed online at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/nepa0.html. A copy of the EA will be provided upon request, or is available for review at the Winnemucca District Office at 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
The BLM and Nevada State agencies will continue to coordinate closely with the company regarding the development of an environmental impact statement that will analyze the long term closure and reclamation plan. Abbey also commended Coeur Rochester for working toward establishing a Long Term Trust that will ensure long after the mine has closed and reclamation has been completed, funds will be available to mitigate any unforeseen environmental problems or impacts.
For further information, please contact Bob Edwards, Project Lead, at the BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, 775-623-1500.