Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, El Centro Field Office, California Desert District.
Notice of availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and 40 CFR 1503.4, this is notice that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the County of Imperial have jointly published the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) on the proposed Imperial Project. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Final EIS/EIR for the Imperial Project, proposed by Glamis Imperial Corporation is an open-pit gold mine on about 1,500 acres of public land. The project is located on BLM-administered public lands in an unincorporated area of southeastern Imperial County, California. The Final EIS/EIR contains the BLM preferred alternative. Start Printed Page 67397
Interested citizens are invited to review a copy of the Final EIS. The entire document will be available on the internet at http://www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro/imperial project. The document also is available by request to the BLM El Centro Field Office on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM is in Adobe Acrobat Reader format, and contains a free download of Acrobat Reader so it can be opened easily.
List of Libraries to Which Copies of the Final EIS/EIR Have Been Sent
A limited number of paper copies of the Final EIS are available, and a copy may be obtained by telephoning or writing the contact person listed below. Public reading copies are available at the following public libraries:
Arizona Western College Library, 9500 South Avenue 8 East, Yuma, AZ 85365
Holtville Library, 101 East Sixth Street, Holtville, CA 92250
BLM Library SC-322A, Bldg. 50, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225
Brawley Public Library, 400 Main Street, Brawley, CA 92227
Calexico City Library, 850 Encinas Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231
El Centro Public Library, 539 State Street, El Centro, CA 92243
Imperial County Library, 1647 West Main Street, El Centro, CA 92243
Imperial County Free Library, 939 West Main Street, El Centro, CA 92243
Imperial Valley College Library, 380 East Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251
Imperial Public Library, 200 W. Ninth Street, Imperial, CA 92251
Meyer Memorial Library, 225 West Main Street, Calipatria, CA 92233
Palo Verde District Library, 125 W. Chanslor Way, Blythe, CA 92225
San Diego City Public Library—Clairemont, 2920 Burgener Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110-1027
San Diego City Public Library—Logan Hills, 811 South 28th Street, San Diego, CA 92113-2498
San Diego City Pub. Library—Mission Hills, 925 West Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103-1895
San Diego City Public Library—Oak Park, 2802 54th Street, San Diego, CA 92105-4941
San Diego City Public Library—Paradise Hills, 5922 Rancho Hills Drive, San Diego, CA 92139-3137
San Diego County Public Library, 2130 Arnold Way, Alpine, CA 91901-9499
San Diego County Public Library, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-0297
San Diego County Public Library, 1309 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2693
San Diego County Public Library, 201 E. Douglas, El Cajon, CA 92020-4519
San Diego County Public Library, 8055 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941-5097
San Diego County Public Library, 1406 Monicito Road, Ramona, CA 92065-2296
San Diego County Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista, CA 92084-6245
San Diego State University Library, 720 Heber Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231
Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter Office Library, 3820 Ray Street, San Diego, CA 92104-3623
Yuma County Library District, 350 South 3rd Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364.
Public comments on the Final EIS/EIR will be accepted at the BLM El Centro Field Office until close of business on November 27, 2000. Unless specifically requested otherwise, names of commentators will be available to the public. BLM will be rendering a decision on the proposed Project no sooner than mid-December 2000.Start Further Info
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
Comments on the Final EIS/EIR should be addressed to Mr. Glen R. Miller, BLM El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th St., El Centro, CA 92243. To obtain copies of the Final EIS/EIR, contact Mr. Miller at (760) 337-4473. Fax requests may be sent to the attention of Mr. Glen Miller at (760) 337-4490. Requests also may be placed through email at: gmiller@ ca.blm.gov. Please specify either CD-ROM or the specific volume(s) desired (see Supplemental Information below). Include your name, complete mailing address (no P.O. Boxes), and phone number on all requests.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
A Draft EIS/EIR was published in November 1997, with a comment period closing on April 13, 1998. A Recirculated Supplement to the Draft EIS/EIR (SDEIS/EIR) was released in March 1999.
The Final EIS/EIR incorporates changes based on public comments received on the Draft EIS/EIR. The Final EIS/EIR contains the BLM Preferred Alternative, along with responses to written comments received during the 135-day public comment period for the Draft EIS/EIR. Both the Solicitor's Opinion on regulation of hardrock mining in the California desert, and a report of the task force of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are included as appendices to Volume I. The Final EIS/EIR has 3 volumes:
- Volume I—Main Text—(incorporates changes to DEIS/EIR, text and appendices)
- Volume II—Technical Appendices—(this is identical to the DEIS/EIR Volume II)
- Volume III—Public Comments to the Draft EIS/EIR and Responses to Comments—Written Comment Letters from Individuals/Petitions/Form Letters
Dated: October 27, 2000.
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