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BLM seeks public input on proposed Robinson Mine expansion and proposed Resource Management Plan amendment

by Nevada State News
Robinson Copper Mine in Ely

ELY– The Bureau of Land Management Ely District is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing a proposal to expand the Robinson Copper Mine and invites public review through June 29, 2020.

The proposed expansion would extend the life of the mine, which is located on private and public lands about seven miles west of Ely, Nevada, until 2028. Expansion would include a number of activities resulting in a total increase of approximately 1,227 acres of surface disturbance within the Project Area Boundary: 246 acres of new disturbance on private land and 981 acres of new disturbance located on public lands.

The EIS will also analyze reclassification of the entire Plan of Operations area for Robinson Mine from Visual Resource Management (VRM) Class II and Class III to potentially VRM Class IV. This reclassification, if approved, would allow for significant modifications in the character of the landscape as part of the mine’s plan of operations.

BLM will host on-line virtual public scoping meetings to provide information and gather input on the Robinson Mine Expansion and Resource Management Plan Amendment project.

The date(s) and information on how to login and participate in these virtual scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media and on the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/xvYad. Specific technical or schedule questions related to the on-line virtual public meetings can also be directed to BLM Project Manager Tiera Arbogast at 775-293-5042 or tarbogast@blm.gov.

The Robinson Mine is considered by the U.S. Geological Survey to be one of the largest Porphyry-Related mining operations in the world and employs more than 600 workers.

Large scale copper mining began at the Robinson mine in 1908 and continued until 1999, when it was closed due to low copper prices. Since being reopened in 2004, the mine has produced an average of approximately 125 million pounds of copper per year.

In addition to copper, Robinson now also produces molybdenum, gold, and some silver.

Maps and other planning documents are available online at https://go.usa.gov/xvYad. Due to weekend upgrades to the website, the BLM suggests using a supported browser, e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge, to access ePlanning.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit comments electronically at blm_nv_eydo_robinson_eis@blm.gov. Written comments may be submitted to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301, Attn: Project Manager Tiera Arbogast. 

For more information, contact BLM Project Manager Tiera Arbogast at 775-293-5042 or tarbogast@blm.gov.

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