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BLM seeks scoping comments on soda plant expansion:  The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comments concerning a proposed sodium bicarbonate plant expansion 37 miles southwest of Meeker. Rifle-based Natural Soda Inc. plans to expand its Piceance Creek Basin processing facility to accommodate doubling its current 250,000 tons per-year production. Expansion would involve additional surface disturbance and future wells to feed the production increase. The proposed expansion would involve 20 acres of surface disturbance and add 30 full-time employees to its payroll over the next four years.

The BLM will accept public comments for 14 days during the scoping period as we prepare an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the proposed expansion. Public comments regarding this proposal will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Dec 21, 2014. Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641. Comments can also be submitted via email to General questions can be directed to Paul Daggett at 970-878-3819.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.


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Kent Walter, Field Manager
220 East Market Street| Meeker, CO 81641
Phone: 970-878-3800 | Fax: 970-878-3805
Office Hours: 8am - 4:30pm M-F

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The White River Resource Area is located in northwest Colorado and incorporates parts of Rio Blanco, Moffat, and Garfield Counties.  The Field Office resource area includes approximately 2,675,360 acres of BLM, national forest, national park, state, and privately owned administered lands.  Of this, the BLM administers approximately 1,455,900 BLM surface and subsurface acres, and an additional 365,000 acres of mineral estate underlying state and privately owned surface estate. 

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