U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Ray Land Exchange Supplemental EIS|
In accordance with the court’s ruling and remand order, the SEIS will supplement the 1999 FEIS by providing a “with and without” comparative analysis found lacking by the Ninth Circuit. This analysis will compare two scenarios of potential environmental impacts on the Selected Lands from mining operations. One scenario analyzes potential impacts that could occur on the Selected Lands if they are not exchanged and remain under BLM jurisdiction (mining occurs with BLM regulations). The other analyzes potential impacts that could occur if the Selected Lands are exchanged and become privately owned lands (mining occurs without BLM regulations).
The SEIS also will address any substantial changes in the land exchange and any significant new circumstances or information relevant to analyzing the impacts of the land exchange (see 40 C.F.R. § 1502.9(c); BLM NEPA Handbook § 5.3). No lands have been added to the Selected Lands. The SEIS will include analysis of only Selected Lands that were studied in the 1999 FEIS.
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