Notice of Intent (NOI)
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will publish a NOI to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rhyolite Ridge project. BLM will then host public meetings to provide a description of the project and allow the public to have the opportunity to comment on the project.
Public Scoping Process
BLM will then host public meetings to provide a description of the project and allow the public to have the opportunity to comment on the project.
Draft EIS (DEIS)
After initial public comments are received and reviewed, the BLM will develop a DEIS that will describe any potential impacts to the environment and how Ioneer plans to offset or mitigate them.
Following issuance of the DEIS, the public will then be provided another opportunity to review and comment on it. The BLM will use these comments to either conduct further analysis of the plan which may require Ioneer to modify any mitigation plans.
Final EIS (FEIS)
After comments on the DEIS have been collected and reviewed, the BLM will publish a FEIS and draft Record of Decision (ROD).
Comments on the FEIS and ROD will be collected and reviewed by the BLM. Changes may be made in response to comments.
Issuance of ROD
The BLM will then issue a Record of Decision indicating acceptance of ioneer’s plan. The public is then provided with an opportunity to object to this decision and the BLM is required to respond and address any concerns raised. Once this process is complete and ioneer receives a final Record of Decision, the BLM can issue a final approved plan of operations.
In addition to the NEPA permitting process, Ioneer is required to receive permits from other authorities. Two key Nevada State permits are the Water Pollution Control Permit and the Class II Air Quality Permit.
Once necessary permits are received, construction of the Rhyolite Ridge project can proceed.