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the Attention of the Emigrant Project metals; and diversion of an unnamed has prepared a Draft RMP/EIS to analyze
Manager, BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 drainage. Cumulative impacts are also alternative approaches to management
East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801. E- addressed. The following resources are of the Sloan Canyon National
mail: tschmidt@nv.blm.gov. Fax: (775) also analyzed in the DEIS: Geology and Conservation Area (NCA).
753–0255. minerals, Native American religious DATES: Written comments on the Draft
Comments, including names and concerns, air and water quality, Resource Management Program
addresses of respondents, will be paleontology, lands and realty, fisheries, Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/
available for public review at the above aquatic and riparian resources, range EIS) will be accepted for 90 days
address during regular business hours, management, vegetation, soils, visual following the date of publication of the
Monday–Friday, except holidays, and resources, recreation, wilderness, Notice of Availability by the
may be published as part of the final weeds, social and economic values, Environmental Protection Agency in the
EIS. Individual respondents may request environmental justice, and threatened, Federal Register. Future meetings or
confidentiality. If you wish to withhold endangered, candidate, and sensitive hearings and any other public
your name or street address from public species. involvement activities will be
review or from disclosure under the A range of alternatives, (including, announced at least 15 days in advance
Freedom of Information Act, you must but not limited to, the no-action through public notices, media news
state this prominently at the beginning alternative), have been developed to releases, and/or mailings.
of your written comment. However, we address issues identified during
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments
will not consider anonymous scoping. Mitigating measures are
comments. Such requests to withhold by any of the following methods:
considered in the DEIS to minimize
your name or street address from public • Web site: http://
environmental impacts and undue or
review will be honored to the extent www.sloancanyon.org.
unnecessary degradation of public
allowed by law. All submissions from • E-mail: charles_carroll@nv.blm.gov.
lands.
organizations or businesses, and from Federal, State and local agencies and • Fax: (702) 515–5023 (Attn: Sloan
individuals identifying themselves as other individuals or organizations that Canyon NCA).
representatives or officials of may be interested in or affected by • Mail: Bureau of Land Management,
organizations or businesses, will be BLM’s decision on the Emigrant Project Las Vegas Field Office, Attn: Sloan
available for public inspection in their Plan of Operations are invited to Canyon NCA, 4701 North Torrey Pines
entirety. The DEIS is available for participate in the EIS process. Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130–2301.
review at the Elko Field Office during Individual respondents may request
Dated: August 25, 2004.
regular business hours, 3900 E. Idaho confidentiality. If you wish to withhold
Helen Hankins, your name and street address from
Street, Elko, NV, and on the Elko Field
Field Office Manager. public review or from disclosure under
Office Internet site at http://
www.nv.blm.gov/elko. Note: This document was received at the the Freedom of Information Act, you
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Office of the Federal Register on March 21, must state this prominently at the
Schmidt, Emigrant Project Manager at 2005. beginning of your written comment.
the Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Such requests will be honored to the
[FR Doc. 05–5879 Filed 3–24–05; 8:45 am] extent allowed by law. All submissions
Street, Elko, NV 89801. Telephone:
(775) 753–0200. E-mail: BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P from organizations and businesses, and
tschmidt@nv.blm.gov. from individuals identifying themselves
as representatives or officials of
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR organizations and businesses, will be
Newmont Mining Corporation has available for public inspection in their
submitted a Plan of Operations to open Bureau of Land Management entirety. Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS
the Emigrant Mine about ten miles are available on the Web site and upon
south of Carlin, Nevada. The mine and Notice of Availability of Draft Resource
Management Plan/Environmental request. The Draft RMP/EIS is available
associated facilities would be located in for review at public information
portions of Sections 24, 26, 34, 36 of T. Impact Statement for the Sloan Canyon
National Conservation Area repositories (BLM Nevada State Office
32 N., R. 53 E.; and Sections 1, 2, 3, 11, in Reno, Paseo Verde Library in
12, T. 31 N., R 53 E. The proposed AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Henderson, Boulder City Library in
Emigrant Mine would include Interior. Boulder City, North Las Vegas Library—
developing and operating an open pit ACTION: Notice of availability. Main Branch in North Las Vegas, and
mine; constructing a waste rock disposal Summerlin Library in Las Vegas), and at
facility, storing oxide waste in mined Cooperating Agencies: Nevada the BLM Las Vegas Field Office at the
out areas of the pit; developing an oxide Department of Wildlife, Nevada State address above.
heap leach pad; constructing ancillary Historic Preservation Office, Clark
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For
facilities; rerouting intermittent stream County Department of Comprehensive
further information and/or to have your
and flows in the pit area; and Planning, City of Henderson, City of
name added to the mailing list, visit the
concurrent reclamation. Proposed Boulder City, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe,
web site or contact: Charles Carroll,
mining operations would last for Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Fort Mojave
BLM Las Vegas Field Office, Telephone
approximately 9 years through the year Indian Tribe.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National
(702) 515–5000, and e-mail
2014. Approximately 1172 acres of
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of charles_carroll@nv.blm.gov.
public land and 260 acres of private
land would be disturbed. 1969, the Federal Land Policy and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In
The issues analyzed in the DEIS Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, and November 2002 Congress designated the
include potential impacts to wildlife the Clark County Conservation of Public Sloan Canyon NCA to preserve and
and cultural resources; the potential for Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 protect a portion of southern Nevada’s
waste rock, heap leach, and pit walls to (Clark County Act) (Pub. L. 107–282), Mojave Desert as a permanent asset for
produce acid rock drainage or heavy the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) future generations. The Clark County

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Act established both the Sloan Canyon DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Jeff Johnson, Project Lead, Telephone
NCA of 48,438 acres and the North (775) 623–1500.
McCullough Wilderness Area (14,763 Bureau of Land Management SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
acres entirely contained within the [NV–020–1610–DO–015F] purpose of the public scoping process is
NCA), which are located southeast of to identify issues that should be
the City of Las Vegas, adjacent to the Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource considered in the RMP/EIS and to
City of Henderson in Clark County, Management Plan (RMP) and initiate public participation in the
Nevada. The Clark County Act requires Associated Environmental Impact planning process. BLM personnel will
the BLM to develop a plan for the Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public also be present at scoping meetings to
appropriate use and management of the Scoping Process explain the planning process and other
Sloan Canyon NCA and Wilderness requirements for preparing the RMP/
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, EIS.
within three years of enactment. The Interior. The planning area includes lands
Draft RMP/EIS fulfills the needs and ACTION: Notice of intent. within the BLM WFO administrative
obligations set forth by NEPA, FLPMA, boundary. The WFO RMP decision area
the Clark County Act, and BLM SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that encompasses about 7.1 million acres of
management policies described in the the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), public lands, which are located within
Las Vegas RMP of 1998. Upon Winnemucca Field Office (WFO), Humboldt, Pershing, Lyon, Churchill
completion, this RMP/EIS will amend Nevada, is initiating a planning effort to and Washoe Counties, Nevada. The
the Las Vegas RMP regarding prepare the Winnemucca RMP and decision area includes public lands
management of the 48,438 acres within associated EIS. The RMP would replace administered by the BLM WFO, and
Sloan Canyon NCA and North the existing 1982 Sonoma-Gerlach and does not include private lands, state
McCullough Wilderness Area. The Paradise-Denio Management Framework lands, tribal trust lands, federal lands
management alternatives considered in Plans and one land use plan amendment not administered by the BLM, and lands
the Draft RMP/EIS include: Continuing titled the ‘‘Paradise-Denio and Sonoma- located within the planning area of the
current management practices (no Gerlach Management Framework Plan- RMP for the Black Rock Desert—High
action alternative), an alternative that Lands Amendment (Jan. 1999).’’ Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National
emphasizes natural character, one that DATES: The scoping comment period Conservation Area, associated
allows moderate developed use while will commence with the publication of Wilderness Areas, and other contiguous
maintaining natural character, and this notice and will end on May 24, lands.
another that emphasizes developed 2005. However, collaboration with the The plan will fulfill the needs and
uses. The no action alternative is public will continue throughout the obligations set forth by the National
required by NEPA, and would continue planning process. Public meetings will Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and
be announced through the local news associated Council of Environmental
current management as described in the
media, newsletters, and a BLM Web site Quality Regulations 40 CFR part 1500.
Las Vegas RMP, in conjunction with the
at least 15 days prior to the event. The plan also fulfills requirements of
requirements of the Clark County Act.
Comments on issues and planning the Federal Land Policy and
The alternatives contain both land use criteria should be received on or before Management Act (FLPMA: 43 U.S.C.
planning decisions and implementing the end of the scoping period at the 1711), applicable planning regulations
decisions to provide planning structure address listed below. at 43 CFR part 1600, and BLM
to facilitate management of the Sloan management policies.
ADDRESSES: Written comments should
Canyon NCA. The analysis of the be sent to the Winnemucca Field Office, The BLM WFO will work
alternatives includes an evaluation of Bureau of Land Management, 5100 E. collaboratively with interested parties to
indirect, direct, and cumulative Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV identify the management actions and
impacts. 89445 or via fax at (775) 623–1503. decisions that are best suited to local,
Major resources and activities Comments, including names and regional, and national needs and
addressed in the Draft RMP/EIS include: addresses of respondents, will be concerns of the public, subject to
Recreation, the North McCullough available for public review at the BLM planning criteria to be developed to
Wilderness Area, cultural resources, WFO, during regular hours 7:30 a.m.– guide the plan. Preliminary issues and
special designations, visual resources, 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, except management concerns have been
interpretation, facilities, lands and holidays. Individual respondents may identified by the BLM, other agencies,
request confidentiality. If you wish to and meetings with individuals and user
realty, transportation, vegetation
withhold your name or street address groups. The major issue themes to be
management, wildlife management,
from public review or from disclosure addressed in the RMP effort include:
wildland fire management, water • Management and protection of
resources and quality, air quality, under the Freedom of Information Act,
you must state this prominently at the public land resources while allowing for
livestock grazing, geology and soils, multiple uses.
beginning of your written comment.
minerals, abandoned mines, hazardous
Such requests will be honored to the • Management of riparian areas and
materials, and socioeconomics and water quality concerns.
extent allowed by law. All submissions
environmental justice. • Recreation/visitor use and safety
from organizations and businesses, and
Dated: January 10, 2005. management.
from individuals identifying themselves • Travel management, including Off
Helen Hankins, as representatives or officials of Highway Vehicle.
Field Manager, Las Vegas. organizations or businesses, will be • Management of areas with special
[FR Doc. 05–5880 Filed 3–24–05; 8:45 am] available for public inspection in their values.
entirety. • Energy and minerals management.
BILLING CODE 5865–DP–P
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For • Management of wildlife habitat
further information and/or to have your including protection of sensitive species
name added to our mailing list, contact habitat.

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