U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Tucson Field Office
|Release Date: 05/24/13|
BLM Extends Comment Period for Andrada Quarry Expansion
Tucson, Ariz. Due to heightened public interest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office is extending the public review and comment period for the proposed Andrada Marble Quarry expansion until July 1, 2013. The Tucson Field Office will consider all substantive comments received or postmarked by July 1.
The BLM Tucson Field Office originally announced the availability of the environmental assessment (EA) and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for public review and comment on April 30. After the 30-day comment period had ended on May 30, the BLM had proposed to sign the FONSI and issue a decision whether or not to authorize the proposed Andrada Marble Quarry Mine Plan of Operation (MPO).
Andrada Holding, PLC, had filed its MPO with the BLM for the quarrying of high-purity calcium carbonate on federal mining claims held in T17S, R16E, Sec 21, NW of the NW, approximately 25 miles southeast of Tucson in Pima County. The mining claims are located on split-estate lands where the surface rights are on Arizona State Trust lands and the federal mineral rights are managed by the United States, specifically the BLM.
The public comment period for the EA and unsigned FONSI has been extended for another 30 days, ending Monday, July 1, 2013. The Andrada Marble Quarry MPO, EA, and unsigned FONSI are available for public review at the BLM Tucson Field Office, 3201 E Universal Way, Tucson, AZ 85756 or on the web at http://on.doi.gov/15MJgk4.
The BLM will consider all substantive comments received during the public comment period. The BLM’s National Environmental Policy Act Handbook provides guidance on formulating substantive comments.
Substantive comments do one or more of the following:
Comments that are not considered substantive include the following:
Questions may be directed to Mr. Brian Bellew, Tucson Field Manager, at email@example.com, or Mr. Daniel Moore, Geologist, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (520) 258-7200. Comments can be submitted by email, mailed to the BLM Tucson Field Office at 3201 E Universal Way, Tucson, AZ 85756 or faxed to (520) 258-7238.
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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
|Last updated: 05-24-2013|
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