Cibola National Forest announces open house in Milan Village

Release Date: Feb 20, 2015  

Contact(s): Diane Tafoya

The Cibola National Forest will host a public open house at the Milan Village Parks and Recreation Building located at 405A Airport Rd, Milan, NM Road in on March 11, from 6-8 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to share information about adding a new Alternative to the 2013 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Roca Honda Resource Mine. Operating the mine would require the operator Energy Fuels (EF) to continuously remove significant volumes of water from the 2,000-foot deep sandstone formation where the uranium is found. Once brought to the surface the water would be treated by a reverse-osmosis process to State of New Mexico drinking water standards, and then further tested for contaminates before being piped from the mine site.

The February 2013 DEIS (click link below for document) described piping the water north to be discharged on private land. In response to public comments on the DEIS, a new Alternative was developed which would route the water south to Milan, NM, within Cibola County.  The water would then be released into the Rio San Jose, where it could be available to downstream users. The Rio San Jose is a water resource used by Milan, Grants and the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos.

The new proposal will be evaluated as an additional Alternative (Alternative 4) to the DEIS. It will be sent out for scoping comments, analyzed, and then released as a Supplement to the DEIS (SDEIS). After a comment period for the SDEIS, it will be included in the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).


Forest Service personnel will be available at the open house to answer questions on the proposed Alternative 4 and specifics about the project. The 2013 DEIS can be accessed at the following link:


“Public involvement and engagement is crucial to our success in bringing the DEIS to this point, according to Elaine Kohrman, Cibola National Forest Supervisor. I want to be certain that we give everyone with an interest in this project the opportunity to participate in the process.”


For additional information regarding this project, contact Diane Tafoya at the Cibola National Forest; 2113 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113; or call (505) 346-3900.