The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Record of Decision (ROD) on April 10, 2014, authorizing ICP to construct and operate the Ochoa mine and mill, including all mining and processing facilities to be located in southeast New Mexico. The signed ROD marks the final decision by the BLM based on analysis described in the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
U.S. federal law requires the BLM to prepare an EIS for actions that may have a significant impact on the environment. During the EIS process, which is now complete, the BLM evaluated the potential impacts that could result from the Project, consulted with other federal, state, and local agencies, and considered comments received from the public. Based on more than two years of careful and comprehensive study of water resources, cultural resources, natural resources, air quality and other resources, the BLM issued their decision approving the construction and operation of the Project and granting the requested rights of way for the Project facilities.
The Preferred Alternative identified in the ROD incorporates the same proposed mine area, mining methods, facilities, processing methods and water demands, well field and water pipeline, and loadout facilities as proposed by ICP, but includes a smaller tailings stockpile, additional monitoring and reclamation requirements, formalized coordination with stakeholders, and a dispute resolution process.
As described in the ROD, in addition to ongoing activities designed to mitigate disruption to the environment, the following activities will be ongoing: