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Environmental Assessment for a Modification to Keystone Mine Plan of Operations CACA-33965

On September 2, 2016, Bush Management Companies (BMC) submitted a modification to the Keystone Mine Plan of Operations, the Keystone Mine (CACA-033965) Plan of Operations Amendment (Project) (SRK, 2016). The approved Plan of Operations (approved PoO) consists of approval of an existing underground mine in 1981, approval of an amendment in 1983, and a further amendment in 1988.

This EA describes the Proposed Action (approval of the proposed amendment) and the No Action Alternative (denial of the proposed amendment) and evaluates the impacts to the affected environment associated with their implementation, respectively. This document further describes the applicant-committed environmental protection measures specifically designed to eliminate or reduce potential environmental impacts and summarizes the conservation management actions (CMAs) relevant to the proposed activity and location.

The BLM's decision is whether to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the proposed modification authorizing the drilling program. As outlined in this EA, the BLM's NEPA decision will apply to land under BLM-jurisdiction, which includes the Keystone Mine site and the water line route in Goler Wash (as described for the Project). The activities associated with the transmission of water along Goler Wash Road are within the jurisdiction of BLM.

The NPS has jurisdiction over the Sourdough Springs area within Death Valley National Park. The NPS's decision will apply to activities proposed under the modification to the extent those activities take place within the park.
Comment Period: Closed        09/10/2018 - 10/12/2018
Document Content:
EA_Keystone 508.pdfEA_Keystone 508.pdf   (342.8 KB, PDF file)
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