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BLM seeking comments on closure of American Flat


American Flat Interior View 2010

CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office has drafted an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the Proposed Action to temporarily expand the existing closure to facilitate better management of the American Flat Mill (AFM) site and vicinity during demolition and reclamation activities.

Following the 24-month period over which the AFM site is demolished and reclaimed, all public land closures would be lifted. This closure is necessary to ensure public safety during these operations. The public is invited to submit comments through October 22, 2014.

The United Comstock Merger Mill site is located on public lands near Gold Hill, Nevada. The mill was built in 1922 to process local gold and silver ore utilizing cyanide vat leaching in what was then described as the largest concrete mill in the United States. Since abandonment in 1926, this seven-acre mill site has been used as a place to hold parties, post graffiti, and conduct paintball wars despite physical safety hazards from falling concrete, underground mill sumps filled with water, and holes in the concrete flooring.

Links to the EA and related documents are located on the BLM website at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa.html.

Interested individuals may send written comments to BLM Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701, Attn: Dan Erbes, or submit comments via email to [email protected]. Comments may also be sent via Fax to 775-885-6147.

For further information please contact Dan Erbes at 775-885-6149.


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