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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
ARIZONA STRIP DISTRICT
 
Release Date: 03/08/10
Contacts: Dennis Godfrey, Public Affairs Specialist , 602-417-9499  

Public Scoping Report for the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Environmental Impact Statement Released


St. George, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently completed a Scoping Report for the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). As part of the Department of the Interior’s evaluation of whether to withdraw nearly 1 million acres of federal lands near the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims, the report provides a summary of the scoping efforts and the comments received by BLM.   

The purpose of scoping is to provide an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the proposed action and to provide comments on issues and concerns. A total of 83,525 submittals containing 8,600 distinct comments were received. Information gathered by the BLM through the scoping process will be used in developing the EIS. Comments will be used to help identify a range of alternatives, as well as to identify issues and concerns to be considered in the EIS.

On July 21, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a decision to segregate nearly 1 million acres of federal lands in the Arizona Strip for two years while the Department evaluates whether to withdraw these lands from new mining claims for an additional 20 years. The lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, are within portions of the Grand Canyon watershed and contain significant environmental and cultural resources as well as substantial uranium deposits.
 
The scoping report EIS can be viewed here (5.5M). A summary of the scoping comments are available in this newsletter.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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ARIZONA STRIP DISTRICT   345 EAST RIVERSIDE DRIVE      ST. GEORGE, UT 84790  

Last updated: 01-08-2014