EMPSi staff, through their experience at EMPSi and elsewhere, have prepared environmental permitting and compliance documents for mining projects throughout the western US, including:

Federal Land Use Plans for Mineral Development, Nationwide
EMPSi has prepared over 50 land management plans for federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Defense. These plans identify areas with high mineral potential, constraints to development, and any mitigation requirements.

Mining Study for Naval Air Station Fallon, NV
EMPSi staff prepared a mining study that determined the number and location of all patented and unpatented mining claims near lands administered by the U.S. Navy in Churchill County, Nevada.  Coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and Churchill County Assessors office.  Provided policy analysis on mining claim acquisition methods, including invalidation procedures, purchase and lease rights, and land exchanges.

Mineral Potential Reports, Western US
EMPSi prepared mineral potential reports for over 30 million acres in the Western US identifying areas with potential for a variety of mineral resources, including fluid, solid leasable, locatable, and saleable minerals.

Environmental Assessment and Permitting for Aggregate Mine, Metlakatla, Alaska
Environmental assessment and mitigation design for an aggregate mine on Annette Island Indian Reserve, Alaska. Coordinated an interdisciplinary team of resource specialists and federal and state agency personnel. Conducted resource surveys and implemented a public outreach and educational program. Developed a site-specific mitigation plan to minimize impacts to water resources, sensitive species, cultural resources, and visual corridors.

EIS for the Glamis Marigold – Millennium Expansion. Bureau of Land Management. Nevada. EMPSi staff served as NEPA coordinator for a large gold mine expansion and EIS.  Expansion included; expansion of mine pits, waste dumps, heap leach pads, roads, stream alignment, and associated ancillary facilities. 

EIS for Trenton Canyon – Newmont Mining. Bureau of Land Management. Nevada. EMPSi staff served as minerals project lead for Trenton Mine EIS.  Reviewed the plan of operations and assisted in the development of a reasonable range of alternatives, reviewed baseline reports, coordinated with federal, state, local and tribal governments. 

Rosebud Mine EA. Hecla Mining Company. Nevada. EMPSi staff served as minerals lead for development of a new underground gold mine, operation, and ultimately mine closure.  Work included a review of the plan of operations and reclamation cost estimates. 

Alternatives Analysis and Workshops

Environmental Impact Analysis

Natural Resources Compliance and Surveys

Public Outreach

Visual Analysis

EMPSi provides services to five market sectors:


Land  and Natural Resources