Newmont Proposes Greater Phoenix Mine Expansion in Nevada
Summary of Public Comment Requirements under NEPA
On September 26, 2017, a public comment hearing was held in Battle Mountain, NV for a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) of the proposed expansion of Newmont USA Limited’s Greater Phoenix mine pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under NEPA federal agencies must provide advice and information in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of the environment to states, counties, municipalities, institutions, and individuals, (section 102 (2) (G)). The intent of this process is to allow the public to aid the agency in identifying impacts that would not be adequately addressed, and gaps in information/analysis. Additionally the federal agency (Bureau of Land Management, BLM) must request comments of appropriate state and local agencies which are authorized to develop and enforce environmental standards; including Native American communities when reservations are affected. This public comment hearing did not address impacts to current treatment issues, and did not adequately involve Battle Mountain Shoshone.