The road, which was built as a haul road for the Golden Asset/Golconda Mine in the 1980s, traverses a total of about three miles on public lands managed by the Butte Field Office. The applicant, Smith Contracting, Inc., needs the authorized haul route across public land to haul gold/silver ore from the Golden Asset Mine, which is located on private inholdings within BLM public lands.
The hauling would be done when the BLM road is open from May 16 to Dec. 1 and, weather permitting, for up to three seasons. The applicant would haul up to 20 loads or 560 tons per day for four to six days per week. At this rate, it could take as little as 15 weeks to haul the estimated 50,000 tons, but mining rates, weather interruptions, and the seasonal road closure, warrants an authorization for three seasons to complete the hauling.
The Environmental Assessment and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact are available for public review at the BLM Butte Field Office, at 106 N. Parkmont in Butte, or on the web at http://blm.gov/zdld.
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