In the Spotlight
Alaska Operator Receives Reclamation Award
The BLM today recognized three hardrock mineral companies for advancing the use of sustainable development practices in their work and one was in Alaska! Congratulations to Jubilee Mine at Prospect Creek, Alaska, winner of the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award. This award acknowledges environmental stewardship successes of operators with less than 15 employees. Read News Release>
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS:
BLM Alaska Issues Decision on Exploratory Operations near Haines, Alaska
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Glennallen Field Office announced today it has issued the Decision Record (DR) for exploratory work on Constantine Metal Resources Limited’s Palmer Project in Haines, Alaska. Read News Release>
Management Plan for Alaska's Eastern Interior Protest Period Has Ended
The Protest period for the Eastern Interior Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) formally closed on August 29, 2016. The protest process is not a general comment period. Any person who participated in the planning process for this Proposed RMP and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions could have protested approval of the planning decisions within 30 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. BLM Alaska has received requests to extend the protest period for the Proposed RMP and Final EIS. While we are not able under our regulations to extend the protest period, we will welcome any additional information that groups or individuals would like to provide about the proposed RMP and Final EIS. We should be able to consider any information received in a timely manner before we issue any Record of Decision. In addition to the protest period, the Governor’s 60-day consistency review period is also underway and will end September 28, 2016. During this period the public may submit additional information by any of the following methods:
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: 907-474-2282
- Mail: Eastern Interior Field Office, Attention—Eastern Interior Proposed RMP/Final EIS, Bureau of Land Management, 222 University Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
The BLM announced the availability of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS for the Eastern Interior planning area in east-central Alaska on July 29. The Eastern Interior plan covers 6.5 million acres of BLM-administered public land and resources, including the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Steese National Conservation Area, and the Fortymile area. In addition, the plan covers BLM lands in the upper Black River area and along the highway system—areas that, partially due to their remoteness, have never before been included in a BLM land use plan.
Greater Mooses Tooth Unit 2 (GMT2) Public Scoping Comment Period EXTENDED
The BLM published the Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement for the Greater Mooses Tooth 2 Development Project in the Federal Register on 29 July, 2016. This initiated a 30 day public comment period for stakeholders and members of the public to submit comments concerning scoping for the GMT2 SEIS. Scoping is the process by which the BLM identifies relevant issues that warrant analysis in the SEIS. The BLM has approved a 30 day extension of the public comment period for the GMT2 project. The public comment period will now end on September 29, 2016. Comments may be submitted by email, mail, or fax. Learn more at the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit Project Page.
BLM releases Contaminated Lands Report; Effort Establishes Step towards Cleanup
The BLM delivered a report to Congress today that details the development and current status of the most comprehensive inventory to date of known contaminated sites on lands conveyed to Alaska Native corporations through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). In addition, the report also provides recommendations for fully addressing cleanup of all the conveyed contaminated sites. Read more>