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BLM solicits additional comments on American Flat environmental assessment

By ThisIsReno

CARSON CITY — As of April 6, 2011, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office will provide the public an additional 30-day opportunity to review and comment on the the environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes environmental impacts of implementing four alternatives considered to mitigate hazards that threaten human health and safety at the United Comstock Merger Mill at American Flat while addressing historic resources.

 

The BLM originally released the EA for public comment in September 2010, held public meetings throughout the Carson City area to address concerns, and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record (DR) for the EA in December 2010.  However, to accommodate requests to provide additional opportunity to comment on the EA, the BLM will withdraw the current DR and FONSI.

 

Comments will be accepted through the close of business on May 6, 2011, and should be addressed to the Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District Office, Attn: Colleen Sievers, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV  89701, or e-mailed to [email protected] The BLM will analyze all additional comments received and issue a new DR and FONSI.  The EA and other related doucments/information about the United Comstock Merger Mill at American Flat is posted on-line at:

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa/comstock_merger_mill.html.

A 2008 audit of the site by the Department of Interior, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), found the AFM to be a high risk liability to the U.S. Government.  The BLM’s proposed management actions at AFM will promote public health and safety on public land and comply with the direction of the Office of the Inspector General that BLM “identify and resolve trespassing on abandoned mine sites and assess and mitigate hazards associated with these sites” (DOI 2008). The need of the action is to mitigate or abate the physical human safety hazards present on the AFM site, while addressing historic resources.

For more information, please contact Colleen Sievers at 775-885-6000.

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