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King's Valley Clay Mine

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District (Humboldt River Field Office) has released the Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) for Western Lithium Corporation’s (WLC) proposed Kings Valley Clay Mine Project.  This project is located at Thacker Pass, (adjacent to State Route 293), approximately 21 miles west-northwest of Orovada, Nevada.

WLC's proposal is to develop an open-pit clay mine at the Project site. Clay would be selectively mined from two open-pits and stockpiled on site in a designated ore-grade stockpile area. Ore-grade clay would be loaded into highway-legal trucks and transported to the end-user or purchaser.

 Specifically, the FEA analyzes the impacts of WLC establishing:


    • 2 open pit clay mines;
    • 2 waste rock disposal areas (WRDA);
    • Ore-grade clay stockpile areas;
    • 4 growth media stockpiles;
    • An aggregate source (with associated aggregate stockpiles) and mobile aggregate screen;
    • An ongoing exploration program utilizing drilling equipment, roads, and drill pads;
    • Use of 2 on-site water wells as a non-potable source for dust suppression;
    • Ancillary facilities including storm water controls, office/first-aid trailer, parking, ready line, and fencing;
    • Access improvements to State Route (SR) 293.

The pits, WRDA, roads, and ancillary facilities would result in approximately 110 acres of total disturbance, employ approximately 14 employees, and have a total mine life of approximately 23 years, (including reclamation). Upon completion of mining, the operation wouold be closed and reclaimed with the land being returned to the pre-mining uses.

The FEA looks at impacts of the Proposed Action and Alternative, and examines mitigations. 

The FEA, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and Decision Record are available in the Documents Section of this website. 

The FEA, DR and FONSI can be downloaded from the Documents link to the left.