September 2, 2014
The federal Bureau of Land Management has approved a Newmont Mining Corp. project that will provide a new supply of gold ore north of Carlin.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports the BLM signed the record of
decision and modification of the plan of operations for Newmont's
Genesis Project last week.
The project includes expanding the existing Genesis open pit,
developing a new pit and expanding two waste dumps. It calls for
backfilling two pits, then partially backfilling the Genesis pit as
mining progresses over a 12-year mine life.
According to the BLM's environmental impact statement, the backfilling will eliminate any pit lakes at the end of mining.
The agency says roughly 687 people will be employed at Genesis
each year, and the project's total disturbance will be 1,092 acres.