Public Notice Archive File
July, August, September 2002

Readers Note: Public Notices for the Division of Environmental Protection are listed by date. The date for each Public Notice is the web posting date; the date is also "hypertexted". The hypertext link sends users to the public notice document; documents are available in Adobe PDF file format andsome notices may be available in HTML format. Adobe files should be downloaded for printing.
 

 
Bureau of Water Pollution Control

09/26/2002

The Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, Nevada is issuing the following notice of proposed action under Chapter 445A of the Nevada Revised Statutes. The Administrator has received a complete application for a major modification of water pollution control discharge permit NEV20007 from the following applicant:

   Verdi Meadows Utility Company, Inc.
   P.O. Box 459
   Verdi, Nevada 89439

The Applicant operates a wastewater treatment plant which serves the Glen Meadows Village/River Oaks Subdivision, that is located near Verdi, Washoe County, Nevada. The treatment plant site is located approximately one-half mile north of the Truckee River. The wastewater receives treatment in a sequential, re-circulating batch reactor (SRBR) that discharges to the disposal pond for further treatment, infiltration and evaporation. The three SRBR ponds are lined with bentonite amended soils. This major modification will increase the permitted influent flow from 0.0200 million gallons per day (MGD) to 0.0280 MGD.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by October 28, 2002 no later than 5:00p.m. to Bruce Holmgren.

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

09/25/2002

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for renewal of a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Lone Tree Mine, a gold mining facility, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for renewal of Permit NEV90058 is:

   Newmont Mining Corporation
   Lone Tree Mine
   P.O. Box 388
   Valmy, Nevada 89438-0388

The Lone Tree Mine is located in Humboldt County, within Sections 1 through 3, 11 through 17, and 23 through 24 of Township 34 North, Range 42 East, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian (MDB&M), approximately 34 miles east of Winnemucca, Nevada.

The project consists of an open pit, a tailings facility, waste rock storage facilities, mill facilities, heap leach facilities, associated piping facilities, and groundwater monitoring wells. Facilities are required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event.

The Administrator is constrained to issue the Water Pollution Control Permit renewal or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the permit renewal.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by October 5, 2002 no later than 5:00p.m. to Alan Tinney

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

09/25/2002

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for the renewal of a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Toiyabe Mine, a mining facility, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for renewal of Permit NEV0060050 is:

   Cortez Gold Mines
   HC66 P.O. Box 1250
   Crescent Valley, Nevada
   89821-1250

The facility, known as the Toiyabe Mine, is located in Township 25 North, Range 47 East, Section 18, and Township 25 North, Range 46 East, Section 13. This project is currently in closure and the plans are to permanently close the facility. The mine components consist of three open pits, two waste rock dumps, two leach pads, a barren pond, an evapotranspiration basin (converted pregnant pond), and a subsurface infiltration field. Long-term discharge of spent process solution to the environment is being proposed.

The Administrator is constrained to issue a renewed water pollution control permit or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the renewed permit.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by October 24, 2002 no later than 5:00p.m. to Karl McCrea

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

08/27/2002

Notice of Proposed Action

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Imlay Placer Project, a beneficiation facility, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for Permit NEV2002103 is:

  Imperial Milling Inc.
  P.O. Box 193
  Imlay, Nevada 89418

The Imlay Placer Project is located in Pershing County, Section 30 of Township 32 North, Range 34 East, MDB&M, in the northern end of the Humboldt Range. This proposed project consists of a physical separation facility utilizing screening, washing, and concentrating with bowls, tables, and a reverse screw. A sandscrew will be used to separate solids, pumps will be used for recirculation of process water, and a generator will provide power. Chemicals are not approved for use in the recovery process. Facilities are required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event.

The Administrator is constrained to issue a water pollution control permit or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue a permit.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by September 27, 2002 no later than 5:00p.m. to Bob Carlson

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

08/22/2002

Notice of Proposed Action

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for renewal of a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Nick Claims Project, a facility utilizing physical separation methods to extract gold, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for renewal of Permit NEV95104 is:

Marlon H. Thompson
Nick Claims Project
P.O. Box 1616
Winnemucca, Nevada 89446

The facility, known as the Nick Claims Project, is located along Natchez Canyon in the East Range, within portions of Sections 19 and 30, Township 33 North, Range 37 East, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian (MDB&M), approximately 11 miles east of Mill City, Pershing County, Nevada.

The project consists of a physical separation facility utilizing a shaker and sluice box arrangement to extract gold from ore excavated on site. Chemicals are not approved for use in the process and make-up water is recycled. Facilities are required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event. The total area of surface disturbance is proposed to be less than five (5) acres.

The Administrator is constrained to issue the Water Pollution Control Permit renewal or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the permit renewal.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by September 23, 2002 no later than 5:00p.m. to Miles Shaw

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Bureau of Waste Management

08/21/2002

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is requesting public comment upon the DRAFT WRITTEN DETERMINATION (WD) for a hazardous waste battery recycling facility (BRF) owned by the US Department of Navy and operated by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Hawthorne Detachment (NUWC). This facility is located within the Hawthorne Army Depot, Main Base (EPA ID# NV1210090006) in Hawthorne, Nevada.

The WRITTEN DETERMINATION when issued would recognize NUWC as a facility for the recycling of hazardous waste in accordance with NAC 444.8455.

The facility will recycle batteries classified as hazardous waste. The BRF is not a commercial site, nor does the BRF accept batteries from sources outside US Government control. Processing of batteries at NUWC is limited to batteries having economically significant quantities of base and/or precious metals (e.g., mercury and/or silver) that have readily available markets located within the continental United States.

The public is invited to submit written comments on this DRAFT WRITTEN DETERMINATION to the following NDEP contact person during the 45-day comment period ending October 7, 2002:
    Mr. Jeff Denison, P.E.
    Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
    333 W. Nye Lane, Room 138
    Carson City, NV 89706-0851
    (775) 687-9465 E-mail: jdenison@ndep.state.nv.us

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Bureau of Federal Facilities

08/20/2002

The Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, Nevada hereby gives notice of proposed action under the Nevada Revised Statutes and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The Administrator has received a complete application for a water pollution control permit from the following applicants:

The Nevada Operations Office of the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada jointly with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the Department of Defense.

On the basis of the requirements of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended, and implementing regulations, the Administrator proposes to issue Water Pollution Control Permit NEV96021, a permit to discharge to the water of the state.

Persons wishing to comment upon the determination by the Administrator regarding permit issuance or to request a hearing pursuant to the Nevada Administrative Code must deliver their comment or their request, either in person or by mail, to:

Water Pollution Control Program Manager
Bureau of Federal Facilities
Division of Environmental Protection
1771 East Flamingo, Suite 121-A
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119-0837

All comments received within thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this Notice will be considered in the final determination regarding the application. If written comments indicate a significant degree of public interest in the proposed permit, the Administrator shall hold a public hearing. A public notice of such hearing will be advertised not less than thirty (30) days prior to the hearing date.

If no hearing is held and the determinations of the Administrator are substantially changed from the tentative determinations, the Administrator will give the public notice of the revised determinations. Additional comments to the revisions will be considered at that time.

The application, proposed permit, and other information are on file in the Las Vegas office of the Division. Copies may be obtained by writing to the above address or by calling Greg Raab at (702) 486-2867.

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

08/15/2002

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Columbus Salt Marsh Project, a beneficiation facility, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for Permit NEV98104 is:

  Columbus S.M. LLC
  3415 Klamath Woods Place
  Concord, CA 94518

The Columbus S.M. Project is located in Esmeralda County, Section 17 of Township 3 North, Range 36 East MDB&M, approximately 7 miles east of State Highway 95 between the town of Mina and Coaldale Junction. The proposed project consists of mining ore from the playa and processing the ore at the site of the historic Argentum Mill that will be modified to meet regulatory requirements. The processing plant will produce a high-grade calcium carbonate product and a “red precipitate” containing concentrated heavy metals that will be disposed pursuant to federal, state and local requirements.

The facility will have a maximum production rate of 300 tpd and is planned to operate 24 hours/day, 5 days/week. Chemicals to be used include hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide. Clay tailings will be returned to the playa for partial drying, the process water decanted and recycled and, the mined areas backfilled with unsaturated tailings. Periodically, saline water resulting from the recycling of process water will be directed to an evaporation basin. Facilities are required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event.

The Administrator is constrained to issue a water pollution control permit or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue a permit.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by September 16, 2002 no later than 5:00p.m. to Bob Carlson

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Bureau of Water Qualtiy Planning -- Notice of Public Workshp

08/08/2002

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Quality Planning, has scheduled three public workshops to present proposed revisions to the Nevada state water quality standards and to discuss the Draft Nevada's 2002 303(d) Impaired Waters List.

The proposed revisions to the water quality regulations contained in Nevada Administrative Code 445A.119 through 445A.225 are as follows:
  • Updating NAC 445A.119 which summarizes water quality criteria guidelines for various beneficial uses. Proposed revisions include: 1) updating pH, chloride, and nitrite criteria; and 2) including criteria for total ammonia and E. coli bacteria.

  • Revising the existing bacterial water quality criteria for various waterbodies throughout the state. The proposed bacterial criteria revisions are based upon recommendations for protecting recreators from contracting gastrointestinal illness during water-contact and non-contact recreational activities. This proposal involves incorporating U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended bacterial water quality criteria for E. coli into the regulations for the following designated waterbodies: Carson River system, Walker River system, Chiatovich Creek, Indian Creek, Leidy Creek, Virgin River, Beaver Dam Wash, Snake Creek, Truckee River system, Colorado River system, Humboldt River system, Muddy River, Meadow Valley Wash, and Snake River system.

  • Revising the existing pH criteria for various waterbodies throughout the state. The proposed revisions are based upon U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recommendations for the protection of aquatic life. This proposal involves replacing existing pH criteria for the following designated waterbodies: Carson River at Lahontan Dam, Chiatovich Creek, Indian Creek, Leidy Creek, Virgin River, Beaver Dam Wash, Snake Creek, Colorado River, Muddy River, and Meadow Valley Wash.

  • Replacing the un-ionized ammonia standards with total ammonia criteria for various waterbodies throughout the state. The proposed criteria are based upon U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recommendations for the protection of aquatic life. Proposed revisions involves replacing existing ammonia criteria for the following designated waterbodies: Carson River system, Walker River system, Chiatovich Creek, Indian Creek, Leidy Creek, Virgin River, Beaver Dam Wash, Snake Creek, Truckee River system, Colorado River system, Humboldt River system, Muddy River, Meadow Valley Wash, and Snake River Basin system.
Pursuant to the Clean Water Act Section 303(d), the State of Nevada is required to develop a list of impaired waterbodies that need additional work beyond existing controls to achieve or maintain water quality standards. The additional work includes the establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). The 303(d) List is the basis for targeting waterbodies for watershed-based solutions and the TMDL process provides the analytical framework to develop solutions. The Draft Nevada's 2002 303(d) Impaired Waters List has been prepared and is available for review and public comment. The methodology and rationale for developing the List and the proposed tentative TMDL prioritization schedule will be discussed.

The scheduled workshops will be held at the following locations at the dates and times indicated:

Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Nevda Division of Environmental Protection
123 W.Nye Lane
Carson City, Nevada
Conference Room 217
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 29, 2002 Elko Convention Center
700 Moren Way
Elko, Nevada 89801
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 4, 2002
Las Vegas Water District
1001 South Valley View
Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
Mead Conference Room 6:00 to 8:00 pm

The purpose of the workshops is to solicit public comments on the proposed revisions to the Nevada water quality standards and the Draft 2002 303(d) Impaired Waters List. No items will be voted on and no actions will be taken. The fact sheets and draft rationale documents which provide more detailed information on the proposed revisions to the water quality standards will be available at the time of the workshops, or may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Water Quality Planning at the address given below. All of the Draft documents are also available on this website

The Draft Nevada's 2002 303(d) Impaired Waters List is available for review at the Bureau of Water Quality Planning (Room 105), 333 West Nye Lane in Carson City and in Las Vegas at the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, 1771 East Flamingo Road, Suite 121A.

Following the workshops, the proposed water quality standards and revisions will be considered for adoption by the State Environmental Commission at a public hearing. The time and place of that hearing will be announced at a later date.

Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations or assistance at the meeting are requested to notify Karen Howard of the Bureau of Water Quality Planning in writing (see below for address) or by calling (775) 687-9444, at least 24 hours in advance.

For questions, comments or further information regarding the proposed revisions or new water quality standards please contact:

Paul Comba [(775) 687-9446] or Randy Pahl [(775) 687-9453]
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Water Quality Planning
333 W. Nye Lane
Carson City, Nevada 89706
FAX: (775) 687-5856

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Bureau of Water Pollution Control

08/01/2002

The Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, Nevada is issuing the following notice of proposed action under the Nevada Revised Statutes and the Clean Water Act. The Administrator has received a complete application for water pollution control discharge permit NEV2002504 from the following applicant:

A-1 Septic and Drain Service
David L. McCarter
5011 Reno Highway
Fallon, Nevada 89407-2603

The Applicant proposes to land apply domestic septage to forty acres of nutrient deficient agricultural land at the 110-acre Tom Wiley Farm, west of Fallon, Churchill County, Nevada. Domestic septage must be incorporated into the soil within six hours of land application. The Applicant was authorized, as David L. McCarter dba A-1 Septic Tank Service, to apply domestic septage and grease trap material at this site from November 7, 2001 through May 6, 2002, under temporary permit TNEV2001389.

The application, proposed permit, comments received, and other information are on file and may be copied or copies may be obtained by writing to the above address or by contacting Bruce Holmgren, Bureau of Water Pollution Control at (775) 687-9423, or at bholmgre@ndep.state.nv.us. The office facsimile number is (775) 687-4684.

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Bureau of Water Pollution Control

08/01/2002

The Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, Nevada is issuing the following notice of proposed action under the Nevada Revised Statutes. The Administrator has received a complete application for concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permit NEV40018 from the following applicant:
  Hidden Valley Ranch
  801 Searles Avenue
  Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

The Applicant proposes to continue to lease a 5,400 animal dairy that includes approximately 30 acres of corrals, three milking barns, a storage pond and approximately 155 acres of flood irrigated pasture in the Moapa Valley, Clark County, Nevada, to Rockview Farms, Inc.

The facility is located at the confluence of the Muddy River and the California Wash adjacent to and east of the Nevada Power Reid Gardner Station. All ponds are required to contain the normal operating volume of fluid and all runoff from the 25-year, 24-hour storm event. The liquid portion of the manure and Muddy River water is used for irrigation. Irrigation with reuse water will be managed in accordance with a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan approved by the Division. All solid manure is transferred off-site for reuse. The off-site reuse does not currently require a State issued permit. CAFO permits are required for all dairy operations with 700 or more mature dairy cattle, whether milkers or dry cows.

The application, proposed permit, comments received, and other information are on file and may be copied or copies may be obtained by writing to the above address or by contacting Bruce Holmgren, Bureau of Water Pollution Control, at (775) 687-9423, or at bholmgre@ndep.state.nv.us. The office facsimile number is (775) 687-4684.

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Bureau of Water Pollution Control

07/29/2002

Notice of Public Hearing for the Proposed Intended Use Plan State Revolving Loan Program -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Protection, will hold a public hearing as indicated below:

  August 22, 2002 at 1:30 PM
  Department Conference Room
  Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  Room 217
  123 West Nye Lane
  Carson City, Nevada

The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the Proposed Intended Use Plan for FY 2003 State Revolving Loan funds. The Intended Use Plan describes how the State Revolving Loan Fund program will be managed during FY 2003 and how the FY 2003 funds will be utilized.

Copies of the Intended Use Plan are available for inspection at the office of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, 333 West Nye Lane, Room 129, Carson City, Nevada during working hours (8:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday).

The proposed Project Priority Lists are found in Attachment B to the plan and the proposed priority system is found in Attachment C.

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

07/26/2002

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for a Water Pollution Control Permit for a mining facility, the OLIVER HILLS MINE/HAYWOOD PROJECT, has been filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for Permit NEV89043 is:

  Decommissioning Services, LLC
  7950 Security Circle
  Reno, NV 89506

The Oliver Hills Mine/Haywood Project was a gold leach facility located in Lyon County, Township 16N, Range 21E, Section 18, two miles North of Moundhouse, Nevada on Industrial Road. The operator is in the process of permanently closing the facility.

The Administrator is constrained to issue a Water Pollution Control Permit or deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the closure permit.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by August 26, 2002 no later than 5:00p.m. to Kevin Sullivan

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Bureau of Water Quality Planning

07/01/2002

Pursuant to the Clean Water Act Section 303(d), the State of Nevada is required to develop a list of impaired waterbodies that need additional work beyond existing controls to achieve or maintain water quality standards. The additional work includes the establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). The 303(d) List is the basis for targeting waterbodies for watershed-based solutions, and the TMDL process provides the analytical framework to develop solutions. The Draft Nevada's 2002 303(d) Impaired Waters List is available for review at the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Quality Planning (Room 105), 333 West Nye Lane in Carson City and in Las Vegas at the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, 1771 East Flamingo Road, Suite 121A. Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Water Quality Planning at the address given below or from NDEP's website.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by September 1, 2002 to Randy Pahl

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