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
Agency Name
Kem County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), 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
Development Types
Mining (gold, silver, aggregate)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Easement Vacation
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife, Energy; Wildfire


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