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Robinson Mine

Robinson’s Ruth Pit in January 2014

ELY — The Bureau of Land Management Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office is asking the public to provide input on a proposal to expand the Robinson Mine located on private and public lands about 7 miles west of Ely.

The 30-day public scoping period concludes Aug. 8.

The BLM has scheduled two public meetings in White Pine County, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

  • July 17, Martin Sorenson Community Center, 3 Main St., in Ruth
  • July 18, White Pine County Library, 950 Campton St., in Ely

At the open pit copper mine, Robinson Nevada Mining Co. — a subsidiary of KGHM International Ltd. — is proposing to expand the existing Ruth Pit, expand and overdump the historic Keystone Waste Rock Dump, close and overdump the section of rail line adjacent to the northern boundary of the Keystone WRD; and close and overdump mine access roads adjacent to the northern and western boundaries of the Keystone WRD.

RNMC is also proposing to overdump storm water and sediments collection ponds around the Keystone WRD footprint, close the existing Mollie Gibson Seepage Management Pond and construct a new Mollie Gibson Evaporation Cell, and install two new groundwater monitoring wells down gradient of the Keystone WRD.

The RNMC proposal would result in a total increase of approximately 213.7 acres of surface disturbance within the Plan Area Boundary for a new end of mine life total surface disturbance of 8,878.9 acres.

The proposed increase would comprise 191.4 acres of reactivated grandfathered Keystone WRD disturbance and 22.3 acres of new disturbance.

Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 N. Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301, Attn: Project Manager Stacy Holt.

Submit comments electronically with the subject, “Robinson Keystone Overdump Project” to

For more information, contact Stacy Holt, BLM Ely District environmental protection specialist, at (775) 289-1800 or

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