Soledad Mountain Project by Golden Queen Mining Company, LLC (Modification of Conditional Use Permit No. 27, Map 196; Modification of Conditional Use Permit No.

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Soledad Mountain Project by Golden Queen Mining Company, LLC (Modification of Conditional Use Permit No. 27, Map 196; Modification of Conditional Use Permit No.
Document Type
ADM - Addendum
Present Land Use
Surface mining operation and associated structures and facilities, undeveloped land. Zoning: A (Exclusive Agriculture), A WE (Exclusive Agriculture- Wind Energy Combining), A-1 (Limited Agriculture), E(2 ½) (Estate Residential 2 ½ acres), E(2 ½) RS (Estate Residential 2½ acres, Residential Suburban Combining). Kern County General Plan: l.l (Public Lands); Soledad Mtn.-Elephant Butte Specific Plan: Public Lands, Low Density Residential, Mineral Extraction and Processing

Document Description
This document has been prepared as an Addendum to the previously-certified 1997 Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (SCH No. 1996061052) and subsequent 2010 Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SCH No. 1996061052) for the Soledad Mountain Project. Golden Queen Mining, LLC (GQM) is proposing to modify three existing Conditional Use Permits (No. 27, Map 196; No. 41, Map 213; No. 22, Map 214) and to amend the existing Reclamation Plan to re-authorize mining and related activities in a similar configuration as originally approved and permitted by the County and the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") in 1997 (the "Modified Project"). GQM currently proposes that the total time for certain mining activities be extended as follows: excavation for approximately 15 years, leaching for the production of gold and silver for 17 years (which overlaps with the 15 years of excavation), and a further 2 years of rinsing and drain down of the heap leach. The production and sale of aggregate and construction materials is expected to continue for up to 40 years. The proposed termination date for the Modified Project is April 10, 2061, subject to production rates and market demand. The Modified Project will continue extractive mining operations across a similar footprint as originally approved in 1997. Total acreage disturbed under the Modified Project includes an additional 258 acres compared to the 1997 Project. Reclamation under the Modified Project will be improved compared to the 1997 Project (which proposed to only reclaim 419 acres of the 930 acres of total disturbance), and will address all disturbed acres. No changes are proposed to existing mining methods, processing systems or facilities, operating hours or traffic volumes.

Contact Information
Randall Cates
Kem County Planning and Natural Resources Department
2700 "M" Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone : (661) 862-8612


34°59'43.3235"N 118°11'6.98269"W
Cross Streets
Silver Queen Road and Holt Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Highway 14
east of the project site
Los Angeles Aqueduct
Other Location Info
Section: 31, 32 / 5, 6, 7, 8 / 1, 12 Twp.: T11N/ T10N / T10N Range: R12W / R12W / R13W

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Mining (gold, silver, aggregate)
Local Action
Use Permit Easement Vacation
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Greenhouse Gas Emissions Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects Energy; Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 9 California Department of Water Resources California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 California State Lands Commission Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights


Environmental Document
_GO01 - Golden Queen_Complete Figure Set (1-7)   PDF 17458 K 1996061052_Notice of Public Hearing   PDF 4225 K Appendix A - Visual Assessment   PDF 2705 K Appendix B - AQ Memo_ADVM2_June 2020   PDF 866 K Appendix C - Bio-Soil Evaluation_12-16-19   PDF 5983 K Appendix D - WOTUS Memo   PDF 10451 K Appendix E - GQM_BRA_27Nov19   PDF 3847 K Appendix F - Revegetation Plan_2019-10-31   PDF 3128 K Appendix G - Phase 3 Data Recovery   PDF 24589 K Appendix H - Phase I_Archaeological Survey_12-16-19   PDF 21578 K Appendix I - Pit Slope Assessment Report   PDF 18936 K Appendix J - Surge Pile Stability Analysis   PDF 15176 K Appendix K - Drainage Plan (Revisions 5)_10-2019   PDF 20594 K Appendix L - Final Soledad Hydrogeology Report_11-2019   PDF 36231 K Appendix M - Noise Update Memo_7-2019   PDF 620 K Appendix N - WestLand_Aggregates Access Roads Locations_12-2019   PDF 1149 K Conditions of Approval OCR   PDF 203 K Draft SEIR Vol 1   PDF 19305 K Draft SEIR Vol 2 App A to G   PDF 214186 K Draft SEIR Vol 3 App H to Q   PDF 168463 K Draft SEIR Vol 4 App R WDRs   PDF 235699 K Draft SEIR Vol 5 App S to V   PDF 77034 K Draft SEIR Vol 6 App V 1997 FEIR Vol 3 to 4   PDF 71015 K Draft SEIR Vol 7 App V to W 1997 Approval Docs   PDF 51809 K EIR Vol 1   PDF 32070 K EIR Vol 2   PDF 10022 K EIR Vol 3   PDF 25178 K EIR Vol 4   PDF 44468 K EIR Vol 6   PDF 9613 K EIR Vol 7   PDF 7592 K Final SEIR Vol 8 (Ch 7 Resp Com)   PDF 36988 K GO01 - Golden Queen_06-26-20-Fig   PDF 1753 K GO01 - Golden Queen_06-26-20-Fig   PDF 1012 K GO01 - Golden Queen_06-26-20-Fig   PDF 1795 K GO01 - Golden Queen_06-26-20-Fig   PDF 2026 K GO01 - Golden Queen_06-26-20-Fig   PDF 2404 K GO01 - Golden Queen_06-26-20-Fig   PDF 1413 K GO01 - Golden Queen_06-26-20-Fig   PDF 8023 K GO01_Soledad Mountain_SEIR Addendum_06-30-2020 - Report & Appendices   PDF 182766 K GQM_FEIR   PDF 89101 K Resolution and Conditions of Approval   PDF 1721 K
NOC   PDF 987 K

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