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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 08/14/14
Contacts: Dana Wilson, (916) 978-4622    
News Release No. CA-SO-14-03

BLM Initiates Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Eagle Mountain Land Exchange in Riverside County


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to comply with a federal District Court Order dated May 10, 2011. The District Court Order set aside a land exchange (the Eagle Mountain land exchange) completed in 1999 pending completion of a new EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) by the BLM.

The SEIS will address certain deficiencies found by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the 1997 EIS for the Eagle Mountain Landfill and Recycling Project. In a May 19, 2010 amended opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the following deficiencies in the 1997 EIS: 1) the purpose and need was too narrow; 2) the alternatives in the EIS were too constrained by the narrow purpose and need statement; and 3) the analysis of eutrophication, excess nutrients causing excessive plant growth in water bodies, due to the proposed landfill was not sufficient.

Because the landfill project has been abandoned, eutrophication is not expected; therefore, the BLM will not analyze eutrophication in the Supplemental EIS.

The notice published in today's Federal Register initiates a 30-day scoping period prior to the revision of the SEIS. Scoping will be limited to identifying issues related to the purpose and need for the exchange and the range of alternatives.

Comments may be submitted in writing to blm_ca_eaglemountain_landexchange@blm.gov or BLM Palm Springs Field Office, Attn: Eagle Mountain Project Manager, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

Further details about the project can be found on the BLMs' web page: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/Eagle_Mountain_Land_Exchange.html




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