The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Humboldt River Field Office issued a Decision Record (DR) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Florida Canyon Mining, Inc. (FCMI) for their plan to expand operations at the existing Florida Canyon Mine. The DR selects the proposed actions for implementation, including environmental protection measures and all recommended mitigation measures as presented in the final Environmental Assessment (EA).
The final EA analyzed the plan modifications that include: a revised plan of operations boundary, expanded Phase 4 Main and Jasperoid Hill Pits, modified and expanded South Waste Rock Storage Facility, a new heap leach pad, crusher and associated yard, and other new ancillary features including storm water ditches, borrow pits, a sediment pond, growth media and riprap stockpiles, haul and access roads, and laydown areas. The total surface disturbance for this expansion would be up to 1,288 acres of combined public and private land within a modified plan boundary. A thorough review of public comments received on the preliminary EA also identified dark sky practices (artificial-light pollution mitigation) as an item to be addressed in the final EA.
“We are pleased we could reach a decision that allows the Florida Canyon Mine to continue operations in a previously disturbed area, providing an economic benefit and jobs to the community in an environmentally responsible manner,” said James Schroeder, Humboldt River Field Manager.
The EA, DR, and FONSI are available at http://on.doi.gov/1nCgcAd. Hardcopies of these documents are available upon request or are available for review at the Winnemucca District Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
If you have any questions, please contact Fred Holzel at (775) 623-1500.
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