Bishop Mill reactivation under consideration


Press Release –

BLM Seeks Public Comments on Proposal to Re-Activate the Bishop Mill in Inyo County


The Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office is requesting public scoping comments on a proposal to re-activate the Bishop Mill in northern Inyo County.

The BLM has received a Plan of Operations on the proposal to reactivate the mill and is taking public comments. In order to be included in the environmental analysis, written comments must be received by June 4.

The Bishop Mill is located on public approximately 9 miles northeast of Bishop, 2 miles west of Rudolph Ranch/White Mountain Estates, 4 miles northwest of Laws, and 4.5 miles south of Chalfant.

A copy of the proposed Plan of Operations for the Bishop Mill Project is available public for review at the BLM Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop.

The BLM will prepare an environmental assessment to identify and evaluate the project-related environmental impacts that would result from re-activation of the Bishop Mill under the proposed Plan of Operations.

The public is invited to provide written comments on issues and alternatives to be considered in this environmental review process. Written comments should be addressed to the Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA, 93514.  Comments may also be submitted via email to; Subject: Bishop Mill Project.

The proposed Plan of Operations, submitted by 0877887 BC Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CMC Metals Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), consists of re-activating the existing Bishop Mill as an independent mill processing ores transported from various off-site mining locations.

The operator intends to transport up to 75 tons of ore per day to stockpile on-site for processing.  The ore would be processed at an estimated throughput rate of four tons per hour.  The waste derived from processing (tailings) would be deposited into a proposed Waste Management Unit (WMU) for Group A mining waste that would be constructed on-site.  The proposed Group A WMU would be constructed within the footprint of an existing, but inoperative, tailings impoundment.

The existing 9.08 acres of surface disturbance associated with the Bishop Mill on public lands would be increased by 0.02 acres under the proposed Plan of Operations.  As proposed, the Bishop Mill would be operated for a period of up to five years, with a projected total of up to 32,000 tons of tailings being deposited into the Group A WMU.

The proposed Plan of Operations includes a mill site reclamation plan, a monitoring program, a spill contingency plan, a quality assurance plan and a reclamation bond cost estimate to guarantee site reclamation.

For more detailed information and maps regarding the proposed Plan of Operations for the Bishop Mill, contact Collin Reinhardt, geologist with the BLM Bishop Field Office at (760) 872-5024.


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31 Responses to Bishop Mill reactivation under consideration

  1. Ken Warner May 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    “The operator intends to transport up to 75 tons of ore per day to stockpile on-site for processing. ”

    Obvious questions:
    1) What kind of ore?
    2) What kind of processing?
    3) Where’s the ore coming from?
    4) Where’s the processed ore going to?
    5) How many local jobs created?
    6) How much local revenue created?

    • Trouble May 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Ken -I agree these questions should be answered by the operators. Hope they do.

      • Trouble May 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

        Hey all you negative people, just because I think it’s a good idea to ask the operators these questions, doesn’t mean I’m against it. If it brings any local jobs I would likely support it. I just don’t want to wake up glowing at night.

  2. Harry May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Lets add environmental impact/issues!!!!

  3. leatherbag May 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Look at the regulations listed and then go hug a tree in Frisco.
    Don’t screw up like the Mono BOS did and keep folks from getting good jobs.
    Bring it!

    • Big AL May 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

      Well Leather .. the Inyo BOS ran off the group that wanted to open production of mining minerals on the Owens lake at Bartlet .. with so many hurdles the group decided not to go ahead .. Inyo lost revenue and jobs there.

    • Wayne Deja May 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Once again,people will soon see these operators will bring in their OWN PEOPLE for this operation..anyone who thinks this will bring all these high pay jobs for the locals will be in for a big suprise !!! Benett,have you heard anymore about Cougar Gold and their plans to tear up the Bodie Hills with that “proposed” operation they were trying to double-talk the citizens of Mono County with ?

      • Benett Kessler May 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

        No news on Cougar Gold since last year.

      • John Barton May 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

        Wayne- Running this particular mill would be very simple and the majority of the work would be heavy equipment loading and spreading out the tailings. The corporation would probably only bring in people in long enough to train some locals and even if they didn’t, their own employees would still spend $$ around here. I’d imagine this mill will be used for gold ore processing or perhaps rare earth mineral exploration elsewhere until they find a big enough claim to justify building an on-site mill at the new claim.

      • Rob May 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

        It’s pretty short sighted to not welcome a business just because they come in and start a venture with their own people.

        • Trouble May 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

          Rob- you make a good point . Any new job or business here is a good thing.

    • Harry May 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Kill where you live for a buck, sad logic.

  4. Rob May 23, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    This is good news. Sure hope the tree huggers don’t stifle this business venture.

    • Ken Warner May 23, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Yeah and why stop with mine trailings? If they’re smart and all the tree huggers are locked up, you could open up the dump pit to nuclear, biological and chemical waste. What a boon to business that would be.

      I mean, the pit is going to be there anyway and they always need a place to dump nuclear waste — sounds like a real money maker. Think of all the jobs….

    • upthecreek May 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      Tree Huggers in InyoMono County .,….. NO WAY

  5. a polarized America May 23, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Tree huggers, eh!
    Haven’t heard that bit of hate-driven Limbaughism for a while.
    But the day is young and the hate-mongering Right is just getting started.

    • Terry May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      “a polarized America” and ” Just the facts” sound like siamese twins– forever connected at the head and sitting high and mighty above the rest of us and unable to recognize a simple harmless euphemism but are quick to spout out negativity any chance they get. How sad!

      • Problem Solved May 24, 2012 at 6:58 am #


        Itsn’t it amazing how ” a polarized America ” & ” Just the facts ” sound just like the ol’ bitter, angry, complaining ” Dennis Kozenski ” ?

        It doesn’t matter what the issue is it’s” Limbaughites, hate mongering right, etc.

        Get’s old hearing the old whining & complaining with never any positive suggestions or potential solutions !!!

      • Big AL May 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

        Well yeah Terry, they are the same person .. one using different names .. for the many different personalities locked up inside that perso.

    • Not a Greenie May 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      Just like the Ed Shultzism hate mongering left have opened up the comments on this article. eh polarized America.

    • Rob May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Sorry you can’t give Limbaugh credit for that one.

      The term came out of the anti-logging movement.

    • leatherbag May 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      You’re right about the part of just getting started. You have to wait for the “Right” to get home from WORK. Get used to arguments back against the enviro-nazi agenda as being gospel from the green-tongues, and get used to an opposing view.

      Like you, I’ve had enough Limbaugh too. Time for Andrew Wilkow instead:
      “We are right They are Wrong…End of Story.”

      • Big AL May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

        Actually time for all of that crap to take a hike Leatherbag .. too many false prophets on TV now days to incite people.

        • leatherbag May 25, 2012 at 1:46 am #

          “Actually time for all of that crap to take a hike Leatherbag .. too many false prophets on TV now days to incite people.”

          Nope. Actually Big Al, you are wrong. It’s time for folks to take a stand against the false liberal prophets that espouse only their way. Any other discussion with them results in calls of racism, bigotry, and more. If they do it, it’s correct and justified. If anyone else does it, they’re the previous. Dialogue is not within them.

    • Trouble May 25, 2012 at 7:06 am #

      Polarized America- It’s a election year and they Right is still pissed off they got pounded in the last one.

  6. salblaster May 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    ya right. cmc metals may have submitted a request to open operations, but thats a long long way from actually starting up production. I think it would be good for the community and create the kind of jobs that a lot of locals could fill. Its not like they’ll be hiring nuclear engineers it will loader operaters and mill maintenance workers. but i think the blm is taking public comments as a courtesy and does’nt carry any weight in the decision making, and have you ever tried to comment on those blm or forrest service web sites, they dont make it easy. the only decisions i ever see comming from blm or forrest service is to close fourwheelin roads and charge fees for recreation on public lands.

  7. Just the facts May 24, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    They call themselves the “tea party.” They celebrate selfishness, unbridled greed and a misplaced sense of entitlement. They oppose any tax increase, even if the purpose of such a law is to equalize the tax burden — even though middle-class Americans pay an effective tax rate nearly twice that of the wealthiest Americans (more if the taxpayer is a heavy smoker or drinker). They oppose even the most necessary and reasonable government regulations. (They especially hate the EPA, Department of Education and anything to do with clean energy.) Despite overwhelming evidence, they refuse to acknowledge the existence of global warming. They oppose government aid to almost everything, except big business. They attack Social Security. When those of us who support those programs defend them, they accuse us of trying to incite “class warfare.”

    Like all those who came before them, they are on the wrong side of history and, once again, will be proven wrong. They want to turn back the clock to the 19th century. The fact that this is impossible is of no interest to them. The policies they advocate are not sustainable in the long run. However, they don’t seem to care.

    History is moving on. However, they refuse to do so. In the end, they will fail. The real question is, “How much damage will they do in the meanwhile?”

    • leatherbag May 25, 2012 at 1:41 am #

      @ Just the facts: Nice try, you applied it to the wrong entity.

    • Trouble May 25, 2012 at 6:58 am #

      Just the facts- I sure hope you are a girl you, sound just like that nut ball Nancy Grace.

    • Just the facts May 25, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      A quick perusal of the “thumbs down” amount re: the topic of Tea Party people, would safely indicate (as I thought) that mostly angry, foam-at-the-mouth retirees have found what they believe is a therapeutic hobby by “sounding off” at … almost everything.
      I sincerely hope these types become happier, more whole, and more sane as they play the anger card.

  8. Just the facts May 25, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    And now we have that resident glowing ball of sunshine, “Trouble” wishing people were girls.

    Come on, Trouble. You can offer a better rebuttal for your defense of the Tea Party than childish nonsense.


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