|Environmental Impact Statement to be Developed for the Kennecott Tailings Impoundment Expansion Project|
Kennecott has applied for a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act to expand their existing tailings impoundment and to construct an additional tailings storage facility and related infrastructure on a 1,992-acre parcel approximately ten miles west of Salt Lake City, near Magna. Kennecott has applied for a permit to fill approximately 721 acres of waters of the United States, including wetlands, to construct the project. The Corps will prepare an EIS for the proposed expansion project.According to Kennecott, the current Bingham Canyon Mine plan extends to 2019 and is already planning a south pushback of the open pit that will extend the life of the Mine to 2028. The proposed action involved two phases that, according to Kennecott, would provide the necessary tailings storage capacity to extend the life of the Mine through 2039. View the public notice here .
Public scoping meetings were held in June.
FRIENDS, together with a number of partner organizations, submitted comments. Download the comments here.
Interested parties should submit written comments on or before July 11, but scoping comments also may be submitted at any time prior to publication of the draft EIS.
Written comments, referencing Public Notice SPL-2009-01213-UO, may be submitted to:
John Urbanic, Senior Project Manager
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