August 1, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Sierra Front Field Office has prepared the American Flat Road/Lucerne Haul Road Right-of-Way Amendment Final Environmental Assessment. The Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) analyzes the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects from a right-of-way amendment (ROWA) (see Documents).
On July 6, 2012 the BLM issued ROW grant (NVN 091237) to Comstock Mining LLC for the use of the American Flat Road in Storey County, Nevada. ROW grant NVN 091237 expires on December 31, 2017. On July 11, 2012 Comstock Mining LLC submitted to the BLM a draft plan of development (POD) and ROWA application (SF-299) to amend ROW grant NVN 091237. The final plan of development (FPOD) is included as Attachment C (see Documents).
The FEA describes the potential effects from the ROWA which would authorize the following:
The Proposed Action evaluated the effects from the construction, maintenance, use of the American Flat and Lucerne Haul roads across public land segments between the Lucerne Pit and heap leach processing facility in American Flat. Both the current mining operation in the Lucerne Pit and heap leach processing facility are located on privately-owned lands.To improve public safety and line of sight, the American Flat Road would be modified near the intersection with the spur road to the Gold Hill (Masonic) Cemetary. A portion of the American Flat Road would be realigned and seperated from the haul road for public safety.
Under the Proposed Action, the Lucerne Haul Road would be designed for "exclusive use" by haul trucks for public safety.
Under the Proposed Action, the abandon road to the former United Comstock Merger Mill in American Flat would be reclaimed.
On February 17, 2016 the BLM completed compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act through the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), included as Attachment D (see Documents). The MOA resolves the potential adverse effects to eight historic properties within the project area.
The BLM is not accepting public comments. For details on the extensive public outreach for this project, see How to get Involved.
On August 1, 2016 the BLM published the approved Finding of No Sigificant Impact, Decision Record, and Right-of-Way Amendment Grant (see Documents).