Programs & Services

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
10-24-2018 Public Hearing on the Permit Application Package (October 23 and 24, 2018)
10-26-2018 Public Comments Due (by Midnight on October 26, 2018)
To Be Completed Financial Assurance Proposal Approval
To Be Completed Written Determination Received From NM Environment Department
To Be Completed Financial Assurance Instrument Approval
To Be Completed BLM Approval of Mine Plan of Operations
To Be Completed MMD Director Decision on Permit

Copper Flat Mine On-Going Permitting Actions/Submittals:

02-2021 Financial Assurance Update

Proposal Update
Data Tables (Excel File)

11-2020 Status of Financial Assurance Proposal

05-2020 Withdrawal of March 31, 2020 Director’s Order And Settlement Agreement

03-2020 Recission of Notice of Technical Approvability – MMD Director’s Order

10-2019 Request for Agency Comments on SRCE Revision 2

08-2019 SRCE Revision 2 Proposal for Financial Assurance

Cover Letter
Memo on Basis of Estimate
Attachment A – SRCE (Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimator) (.xlsm file)
Attachment B – Figures
Attachment C – Cost Data File (CDF)
Attachment D – Labor
Attachment E – Equipment
Attachment F – Fuel
Attachment G – Power
Attachment H – Revegetation
Attachment I – Lab Costs
Attachment J – RS Means
Attachment K – Pit Reclamation
Attachment L – Misc. Earthwork
Attachment M – Monitoring Wells

08-2019 BLM Signed Record of Decision (ROD)

08-2019 MMD Letter, No Add’l Comments on Cost Estimate; Submit SRCE R2 and NPV

07-2019 Request for Agency Comments on NMCC Responses to FA Comments

07-2019 NMCC Responses to Revised Financial Assurance Proposal Technical Comments

04-2019 BLM Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Final EIS – Volume 1
Volume 2, Part 1 – Appendices
Volume 2, Part 2 – Appendices
Volume 2, Part 3 – Appendices

01-2019 Technical Comments on Revised Financial Assurance Proposal

12-2018 Status Update and Steps Remaining Letter from Mining and Minerals Division

12-2018 Hearing Officer’s Summary Report on Oct 2018 Public Hearing

12-2018 Request for BLM and NMED Comments on Revised Financial Assurance Proposal

12-2018 SRCE Revision 1 Proposal for Financial Assurance

Cover Letter
SRCE (Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimator) (.xlsm file)
Memo on Basis of Estimate
Attachment A – SRCE Files (.pdf)
Attachment B – Figures
Attachment C – Cost Data File (CDF)
Attachment D – Labor
Attachment E – Equipment
Attachment F – Fuel
Attachment G – Power
Attachment H – Revegetation
Attachment I – Lab Costs
Attachment J – RS Means
Attachment K – Pit Reclamation
Attachment L – Misc. Earthwork
Attachment M – Monitoring Wells

11-2018 Hearing Transcript from October 2018 Public Hearing, Truth or Consequences, NM

10-2018 Public Comments from the October 23 and 24 Public Hearing in Truth or Consequences

Public Comments – All written and emailed comments received to date (updated 11-08-2018)

New Mexico Copper Corporation Public Comments:

NMCC Exhibit A
NMCC Exhibit B
NMCC Exhibit C
Cover Letter
New Mexico Copper Corporation – Jeff Smith Testimony at DP1840 Hearing
Shomaker & Associates – Steven Finch Testimony at DP1840 Hearing
SRK – Amy Prestia Testimony at DP1840 Hearing
Golder Associates – David Kidd Testimony at DP1840 Hearing
Golder Associates – Todd Stein Testimony at DP1840 Hearing
Shomaker & Associates – Steven Finch Rebuttal Testimony at DP1840 Hearing
Open pit contour lines
DP1840 Public Hearing Transcript

Ladder Ranch/Hillsboro Pitchfork Ranch Public Comments:

Written Statement – Robert Cunningham Testimony
Written Statement – Kathy McKinney Testimony
Written Statement – Stephen Dobrott Testimony
Written Statement – James Kuipers PE Testimony
Written Statement – Dr. Tom Myers Testimony
Exhibit 1
Exhibit 2
Exhibit 3
Exhibit 4
Exhibit 5
Exhibit 6
Exhibit 7
Exhibit 8
Exhibit 9
Exhibit 10
Exhibit 11
Exhibit 12
Exhibit 13
Exhibit 14
Exhibit 15
Exhibit 16
Exhibit 17
Exhibit 18
Exhibit 19
Exhibit 20
Exhibit 21
Exhibit 22
Exhibit 23
Exhibit 24

08-2018 Request for Agency Comments on Financial Assurance Proposal

08-2018 SRCE Revision 0 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 2017;

* 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