SI027RN Copper Flat Mine - New Mining Operation

 
 
The public hearing is RESCHEDULED for October 23 and 24, 2018, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm with two additional days scheduled for October 25 and 26, 2018, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, if needed, as determined by the Hearing Officer presiding over the public hearing.
 
The location of the public hearing is the Albert J. Lyons Event Center, 2953 S. Broadway Street, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 87901.
 

The public notice can be found here.

Comments regarding NMCC's request for a New Mining Operation permit for the Copper Flat Mine may be submitted to the MMD Director at:
Director, Mining and Minerals Division
Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
1220 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

 
Or by email at: EMNRD-MMD.Director@state.nm.us
 
Documents that comprise the NMCC Permit Application Package are listed below and are highlighted in blue.
 

The Draft Environmental Evaluation prepared by MMD is listed below and is highlighted in blue.

 
The Financial Assurance Proposal prepared by NMCC is listed below and is highlighted in blue. The FA proposal was received on 8/10/2018 and posted on the MMD website on 8/13/2018.


Copper Flat Mine Permitting Chronology (Milestones/Timeline of Events)
09-09-2010 Sampling and Analysis Plan Submitted by NMCC
07-17-2012 Permit Application Package Submitted by NMCC
07-18-2012 1st Public Notice Published
08-22-2012 Permit Application Package Deemed Administratively Complete by MMD
08-23-2012 Agency Review Period Begins
07-13-2018 Permit Application Package Deemed Technically Approvable by MMD
08-08-2018 Public Notice for Public Hearing
08-10-2018 Financial Assurance Proposal Received by MMD
October 23-26, 2018 Public Hearing on the Permit Application Package
To Be Completed Public Comments Due (30 Days After Public Hearing Ends)
To Be Completed MMD Director Approval of Permit, Permit Issued

Copper Flat Mine On-Going Permitting Actions/Submittals
   
08-2018 Request for Agency Comments on Financial Assurance Proposal
   
08-2018 Proposal for Financial Assurance
    SRCE (Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimator, Version 2) (.xlsm file)
    FA Proposal for Copper Flat Mine
    Memo on the Basis for Estimate
    Attachment A - SRCE spreadsheets (.pdf files)
    Attachment B - Figures
    Attachment C - Cost Data File (CDF)
    Attachment D - Labor
    Attachment E - Equipment
    Attachment F - Fuel
    Attachment G - Power
    Attachment H - Seed
    Attachment I - Monitoring During Reclamation
    Attachment J - RSMeans Heavy Construction Costs
    Attachment K - Pit Reclamation Figure
   
08-2018 Public Notice for Rescheduled Public Hearing on October 23 and 24, 2018 with two additional days scheduled for October 25 and 26, 2018, if needed, as determined by the Hearing Officer presiding over the public hearing. Albert J. Lyons Event Center, 2953 S. Broadway Street, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901.
   
07-2018 Public Notice for Public Hearing - This Public Hearing (August 21 and 22, 2018) is CANCELLED.
   
07-2018 Draft Environmental Evaluation for the Copper Flat Mine, July 2018
   
07-2018 MMD Letter - Permit Application Package is Techincally Approvable. Submit Financial Assurance proposal within 30-days.
   
07-2018 NMCC Response on Technical Standard for Hydrologic Balance
   
06-2018 MMD Comment on Technical Standard for Hydrologic Balance
   
06-2018 NMED Comments on NMCC 05-2018 Responses
   
05-2018 MMD Request for Agency Comments on NMCC 05-2018 Responses
   
05-2018 NMCC Responses to Technical Comments from MMD, NMOSE, NMED, and NMDG&F
    Transmittal Letter
    Comment Response Matrix
    Executive Summary of Probable Hydrologic Consequences and Pit Lake Water
    Groundwater Level Monitoring Plan
    Permitting Timeline
    Pit Lake Monitoring Report - With PHREEQC Files (28 MB), Revised May 2018
    Pit Lake Monitoring Report - Without PHREEQC Files (10 MB), Revised May 2018
    Probable Hydrologic Consequences Report, Revised May 2018
   
04-2018 Clarifying Comments from NMED SWQB to BLM on Administrative Final EIS
   
04-2018 Comments from NMED SWQB to BLM on Administrative Final EIS
   
04-2018 Public Comments from Rio Grande Compact Commission
   
03-2018 Technical Comments from MMD, NMOSE, NMED, and NMDG&F on Probable Hydrologic Consequences and/or Predictive Geochemical Modeling of Pit Lake Water Quality
   
02-2018 Public Comments from NM Environmental Law Center
   
01-2018 NMCC Response to MMD Technical Comments, Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 217;
  * Addresses waste rock near proposed Laydown Yard and Concentrator
   
12-2017 MMD Additional Techincal Comments on Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017 and Comments on 11-2017 NMCC Response
   - Waste Rock near proposed Laydown Yard and Concentrator
   
12-2017 NMCC PAP Addendum Submittal, December 13, 2017:
    Probable Hydrologic Consequences of the Copper Flat Project, JSAI, Dec. 2017
    Predictive Geochemical Modeling of Pit Lake Water Quality, SRK, Dec. 2017
   
11-2017 NMCC Response to MMD Technical Comments, Updated MORP and Oct 13, 2017 submittal
   
11-2017 MMD Additional Technical Comments on Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017
   
10-2017 Comments from NM Dept. Game & Fish on Supplemental Information to Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017
   
10-2017 MMD Request for Comments from NM Dept. Game & Fish on Supplemental Information to Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017
   
10-2017

Supplemental Information/Amendment to Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017.

   - GeoSystems Literature Review of Wildlife Uses of Mine Pit Walls
   - NMDG&F Guidelines for Mine Operations
   - NMCC Open Pit Reclamation/Revegetation Plan
   
10-2017 MMD Preliminary Comments on Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017
   
09-2017 Survey of the Copper Flat Pit Area
   
07-2017 Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017
    NMCC Responses to 04-2017 Technical Comments
    Updated MORP, Revision 1, July 2017
    Appendix A - Tailings Dam Feasibility Level Design
    Appendix B - Impoundment Design Report
    Appendix C - Process Facility Containment Report
    Appendix D - Site Diversion Analysis
    Appendix E - Mine Reclamation and Closure Plan, Revision 1, July 2017
    Attachment E2 - TSF Post-Operations Water Management Plan, Revision 1, July 2017
   
05-2017 NMDG&F Comments on Biological Survey at Mill Site Claims & Proposed Substation Area
   
04-2017 Public Comments from NM Environmental Law Center
   
04-2017 MMD and Agency Technical Comments on Updated MORP (Oct 2016)
   
03-2017 Request for NMDG&F Comments, Biological Surveys at Mill Site Claims & Proposed Substation Area
   
02-2017 Summary Report: 2015-2016 Biological Surveys at Mill Site Claims & Proposed Substation Area
   
11-2016 MMD Request for Agency Comments on Updated MORP (Oct 2016)
   
10-2016 Surface Water Quality Bureau Letter to NMCC Re: Current and Proposed Pit Water Body
   
10-2016 Updated Mining Operation & Reclamation Plan (MORP)
    Updated MORP
    Appendix A - Tailings Dam Feasibility Level Design
    Appendix B - Impoundment Design Report
    Appendix C - Process Facility Containment Report
    Appendix D - Site Diversion Analysis
    Appendix E - Mine Reclamation and Closure Plan
    Attachment E2 - TSF Post-Operations Water Management Plan
  Discharge Plan Application to NMED - June 2016 Revisions
    Cover Letter
    NMCC Responses to March 21, 2016 NMED Comments
    Inserts and Revisions to Dec 2015 DP Application
    Inserts and Revisions to Appendix A of Dec 2015 DP Application
    Inserts and Revisions to Appendix D of Dec 2015 DP Application
    Inserts and Revisions to Appendix E of Dec 2015 DP Application
  Discharge Plan Application to NMED - December 2015
    Application
   
04-2016 Public Comments from NM Environmental Law Center
   
04-2016 MMD Comments on Supplemental Biological Workplan for Millsite Claims
   
03-2016 Agency Comments on Supplemental Biological Workplan for Millsite Claims
   
02-2016 Supplemental Biological Workplan for Millsite Claims
   
01-2016 Agency Comments on BDR Addendum
   
11-2015 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), BLM Document November 2015
    Volume 1 - Text, Tables, and Figures
    Volume 2, Part 1 - Appendix A, B, and C
    Volume 2, Part 2 - Appendix D, E, F, G and H
   
07-2015 BDR Addendum - Biological and Paleontology Survey of Mill Site Claims and Substation
   
08-2014 Updated Model of Groundwater Flow in Animas Uplife and Palomas Bain Report, Revised
   
02-2014 Pre-Feasibility Study and Definitive Feasibility Study Gap Analysis
   
02-2014 Humidity Cell Termination Report, Feb. 2014
   
02-2014 Updated Model of Groundwater Flow in Animas Uplift and Palomas Basin Report, Revised
   
10-2013 Predictive Geochemical Modeling of Pit Lake Water Report with April 2014 Errata Memo
   
08-2013 Model of Groundwater Flow Report in Animas Uplift and Palomas Basin
   
07-2013 Amendment to the BDR (50 MB)
   - Addendum to Section 4 (Vegetation) of the BDR
   - Addendum to Section 5 (Wildlife) of the BDR
   - Technical Memorandum from Golder Associates (response to BDR comments)
   - Supplemental Soils Investigation, Golder Associates
   - Technical Memorandum from THEMAC (response to BDR comments)
   - Technical Memorandum from John Shomaker & Associates (response to BDR comments)
   - M3 Foundations Reports
   
05-2013 Geochemical Characterization Report (modified, May 2013)
  Report Text
  Report Appendices (Appendix A through I; 41MB)
   
03-2013 MMD Comments on PAP
   
12-2012 Agency Comments on PAP
   
07-2012 Public Notice - Submittal of Permit Application Package
   
07-2012 Permit Application Package (PAP)
Cover Letter
Baseline Data Characterization Report (BDR), 2.5 MB
Figures, All Sections, 28 MB
Appendices, All Sections, 33 MB
Mining and Reclamation Plan (MORP), 10 MB
Appendix A - Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP), 14 MB
Appendix B - Geochemical Characterization Report, 31 MB
Appendix C - Mining Sequence Maps & Prelim. Tailings Drawings, 51 MB
Appendix D - Reclamation Designs, 16 MB
Appendix E - Financial Assurance Package
   
01-2011 Agency Comments on SAP
   
09-2010 Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP), Phase I of New Mine Application
Cover Letter
Table of Contents
Introduction
Climatological Factors
Topography
Vegetation
Wildlife
Topsoil Survey
Geology
Surface Water
Ground Water
Cultural Resources
Present and Historical Land Use
Attachment 1: Quality Assurance Project Plan
Attachment 2: Access Agreement
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