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BLM approves mine expansion near Winnemucca

by Nevada State News

WINNEMUCCA – The Bureau of Land Management signed a Record of Decision approving the expansion of the Coeur Rochester and Packard Mine. The decision approves the expansion and was signed by BLM after compiling an analysis of the environmental impacts associated with the project.

The mine complex, which encompasses both the Coeur Rochester and Packard pits, is located 26 miles northeast of Lovelock.

“Sustainable mining on public lands is a vital source of revenue and employment for counties across Nevada. We’re pleased to be able to do our part to ensure that the Coeur Rochester and Packard Mines will continue to operate through 2033,” said BLM Nevada State Director Jon Raby.

Coeur Rochester, Inc. is expanding the mine, which it has operated since 1986. The project extends the life of the mine through 2033.

Changes include expanding mining in the Rochester and Packard pits and moving, relocating or expanding heap leach pads, waste rock dumps, haul roads, access roads, and water pipeline and processing facilities.

The Coeur Rochester and Packard Mine POA11 Project Record of Decision, Environmental Impact Statement, and approved Amendment to the Plan of Operations are available on our National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/xPdjC. For further information, please contact Kathleen Rehberg, Project Lead, at 775-623-1500.

SOURCE: BLM

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