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BLM seeks public comment on proposed Copper Leach Project near Battle Mountain

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blm_logo-150x150-5949391-5871521BLM NEWS RELEASE

BATTLE MOUNTAIN — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain Nevada District Office announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed Phoenix Copper Leach Project with the publication of a notice in the Federal Register on October 28, 2011.  The Proposed Project would be 12 miles southwest of Battle Mountain on private and public lands in Lander County, Nev.  A 45-day comment period to gather public comments will close December 12, 2011.

The Draft EIS describes and analyzes the proposed project which would involve the expansion and operation of the existing Phoenix Mine to include copper leaching/beneficiation of copper oxide rock material that previously has been permitted for disposal on permitted waste rock facilities.  The proposed expansion would increase the surface disturbance of the existing mine area an additional 902 acres; 194 acres of public land and 708 acres of private land.

Copies of the Draft EIS are available for review at the BLM Mount Lewis Field Office in Battle Mountain, Nev.  The document can also be downloaded on the Battle Mountain District’s National Environmental Policy Act webpage at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field/blm_information/national_environmental.html.

Written comments may be mailed or delivered to David Davis, BLM Battle Mountain District Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820, e-mailed to [email protected], or faxed to 775-635-4034.

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