“As to the question of whether an EIS should have been prepared, the Court finds in favor of the Forest Service and Mosquito Mining on all but the concerns regarding groundwater. …
The Court will vacate that portion of the EA as to the finding of no significant impact as it concerns groundwater and remand the matter to the Forest Service to undertake further analysis concerning groundwater and determine whether to issue a supplemental EA or if a full EIS is required.”
Thus to address the analysis deficiencies identified by the Court, a supplemental EA has been initiated to further analyze groundwater. If at any time during this analysis, the evidence being compiled and the supporting analysis do not support a FONSI, preparation of an EIS will be initiated.
Information regarding the supplemental EA is included in the attached letter. Additional Project information is available on the CuMo Exploration Project webpage.
Additional information about this project may be obtained by contacting Randall Hayman, Forest Planner, at208-373-4157.
Boise National Forest
1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709