Notice of Intent (NOI)
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a NOI to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rhyolite Ridge project.
Public Scoping Process
The BLM hosted two scoping meetings regarding the Project.
Wednesday, January 4th at 2:00PM PST
Thursday, January 5th at 5:00PM PST
The Scoping Period Concluded March 6, 2023
Draft EIS (DEIS)
Following review of initial public comments, the BLM will develop a DEIS that will describe any potential impacts to the environment and Ioneer’s plans to offset or mitigate them.
Following issuance of the DEIS, the public will then be provided another opportunity to review and comment. The BLM will use these comments to either conduct further analysis of the plan which may result in Ioneer modifying proposed 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 Record of Decision (ROD)
The BLM will then issue a ROD 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, which were issued by In June and July 2021 respectively. The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection issued two key Nevada State permits, the Class II Air Quality Permit and the Water Pollution Control Permit. Rhyolite Ridge is the first developmental lithium project in Nevada to receive both of these two key permits.
Once all necessary permits, including the federal Record of Decision, are received, construction of the Rhyolite Ridge project can proceed.