The Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation (CuMoCo) submitted a proposed plan of operation (PoO) to the Forest Service to acquire detailed geologic data within the CuMo molybdenum prospect in order to determine the extent of mineral resources. The purpose of this PoO is to provide the proponent, CuMoCo, surface access to proposed drill pads so that drill rigs can be set up, maintained and operated to retrieve core samples that will allow them to acquire detailed geologic data within the CuMo molybdenum prospect area in order to determine the extent of the mineral deposit. CuMoCo is entitled to conduct operations that are reasonably incident to exploration of mineral deposits on its unpatented mining claims pursuant to the United States mining laws.
Under regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture, CuMoCo must conduct exploration activities in accordance with regulations at 36 CFR 228A which require development of a Plan of Operations (PoO) that includes mitigation and best management practices that provide for the protection of surface resources consistent with the above cited regulations.
On September 30, 2015 Boise National Forest Supervisor, Cecilia R. Seesholtz, signed a supplemental Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) approving CuMoCo’s proposed PoO, with design features, mitigation and monitoring requirements developed to avoid or minimize effects to surface resources during operations. Detailed documentation concerning the environmental analysis process (NEPA) is located on the Project NEPA website at: http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/fs-usda-pop.php?project=21302
The purpose of this site is to provide all parties interested in the implementation of this project, immediate access to key project implementation and monitoring documents. Currently, this website includes the following 10 tabs with associated documentation:
Plan of Operations and Bond: Documents under this tab include the PoO and bond information originally approved in 2011, as well as the 2015 amendments to the 2011 PoO and bond.
Other Permits: Documents under this tab include current Federal, State and local approvals/permits that CuMoCo is required to maintain that address resource protection and public safety needs as identified in section 2.4 of the Supplemental EA (SEA).
Checklists: As identified in the 2015 supplemental DN/FONSI, to provide greater assurance that the appropriate Design Features/mitigation activities are incorporated, a “Plan of Operations and BMP Checklist Supporting Approval of proposed Temporary Road and Drill Pad construction, and other associated operational activities” is required. This tab will include each checklist submitted by the proponent to the Forest Service, the Forest Service review and authorization documentation, organized by year processed.
QAPP-GWSP Monitoring: CuMoCo prepared a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and Ground Water Sampling Plan (GWSP) consistent with procedures established by Idaho DEQ. The objective of the QAPP is to: 1) to increase the knowledge of groundwater chemistry in the Project Area; 2) to provide knowledge of natural variability in groundwater geochemistry as a function of seasonal and meteoric conditions; and 3) to provide knowledge of potential impacts of diamond core drilling activities on groundwater. Samples collected by CuMoCo will be provided to IDEQ on an ongoing basis and subsequently posted on this site.
LESA Monitoring: CuMoCo completes Sacajawea bitterroot (LESA) monitoring of proposed activity areas annually and updates the baseline inventory within the current Plant Consideration Area (PCA) every three years. The results of the monitoring are/will be posted under this tab, ordered by year.
Wildlife Monitoring: CuMoCo completes annual nesting season monitoring for Northern Goshawk and Great Gray Owls. The results of the monitoring are/will be posted under this tab, ordered by year.
SWPPP Monitoring: The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) was prepared in conjunction with the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System- Construction General Permit (NPDES-CGP) and Multi-Sector General Permit (NPDES-MSGP) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities (see permits and SWPPP under Tab 02). Sections 4 and 5 outline the required monitoring and inspections associated with these permits. This tab includes results of these efforts, ordered by year.
Mineral Inspection Reports: The Forest Service mineral’s administrator completes periodic inspections of the proponent’s exploration activities during the annual operating season. This tab includes inspection reports, ordered by year and date of inspection.
Multi-party Monitoring: Based on discussions with parties interested in this project, it is anticipated that multi-party monitoring involving Forest Service, other Federal, State and local governmental agencies or departments, as well as representatives from interested stakeholder groups will periodically review activity progress on the ground. Any documentation resulting from these reviews will be posted under this tab.
Post 2015 Decision: Should new information or changed circumstances be identified during the life of this exploration project, documentation addressing this information would be posted under this tab.
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