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 TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Magma Copper Co. (NYSE: MCU) today announced that representatives of the Bureau of Land Management's ("BLM") Washington Office, Nevada State Office, and Ely District Office met with representatives of Magma Nevada Mining Co. and the Mineral Policy Center on Aug. 31, 1993, and agreed on a schedule to develop and issue an Environmental Impact Statement ("EIS") for Magma's Robinson Project by late August 1994.
 "If everything goes just right, this schedule provides for possible BLM approval of Magma's mining plan one year from now," said BLM Director Jim Baca. This would enable the company to begin project construction in September 1994 and complete it by early 1996.
 BLM and Magma recognized that the EIS schedule is an aggressive one that depends on meeting deadlines for completion of technical studies. Baca said, "We will know by the end of the year whether Magma has been able to produce the technical data which would keep us on track for EIS publication on this schedule." Nevertheless, all parties at the meeting expressed their mutual commitment to devote the management and other resources needed to meet the proposed schedule.
 The BLM Magma and the Mineral Policy Center agreed that the EIS must fully analyze the environmental impacts of the Robinson Project in satisfaction of all statutory and regulatory requirements and to ensure that the final mining plan protects water quality and other environmental resources.
 The historic Robinson Mining District, located six miles from Ely, Nev., includes approximately 3,400 acres of land mined over the past 100 years. Magma proposes to widen and deepen existing mine pits in order to recover copper ore. All mining will be conducted on privately owned land, but ancillary facilities will be located in part on federal land administered by the BLM.
 BLM announced its intention to prepare an EIS for the Robinson Project and sought public comments on the scope of the EIS in a Federal Register notice published on July 2, 1993. The EIS will be prepared by a third-party contractor, ENSR Consulting and Engineering of Fort Collins, Colo. ENSR is working under BLM's supervision.
 Magma is presently gathering and analyzing extensive technical data, particularly water quality and water quantity information. The EIS contractor will review and use this data in preparing the EIS, together with scientific data and other relevant information developed for BLM's previous environmental assessment of the Robinson Project. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the draft EIS, which would be available in early March of 1994, and to participate in meetings discussing the EIS.
 Harry Smith, president of Magma Nevada Mining Co., said that "the Robinson Project is extremely important for the revitalization of White Pine County, and we are committed to working with BLM, other government agencies, and the interested public in meeting the EIS schedule."
 Baca said, "This is an example of how mining companies, the government, and the public can cooperate to produce a first-class result. I'm very hopeful that we can."
 Magma Copper Co., one of the largest primary copper producers in the United States, produces high-quality copper cathode and rod for sale to customers worldwide. Magma has operations in San Manuel, Miami, Superior, Ariz., and Ely. Magma Metals Co., a wholly owned subsidiary, operates Magma's smelting and refining complex located in San Manuel and conducts the company's marketing and sales activities. Corporate headquarters are in Tucson.
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