EIS | Rasmussen Valley Mine
In March 2010, project proponent Agrium submitted a mine and reclamation plan for their Federal lease on the southern end of Rasmussen Ridge, about 18 miles east of Soda Springs, Idaho. The phosphate mine would operate for six years and impact 421 acres. About half of the surface acres are National Forest System lands. The remaining acres are private land or part of the Blackfoot River Wildlife Management Area (Idaho Department of Fish and Game), with a small number of acres under BLM management.
Issues identified during scoping include surface and groundwater quality, impacts to wildlife and the WMA, impacts to wetlands, and the stability of proposed waste rock dumps.
Notice of Intent | March.01.2011
Map | Scoping Notice
The BLM and the Forest Service hosted three meetings for the public to view and offer comments on the proposal on the following dates:
- March 21, 2011 | Soda Springs City Council Room
- March 22, 2011 | BLM Pocatello Field Office
- March 23, 2011 | Fort Hall Tribal Council Chambers
Bill Volk, Planning and Environmental Coordinator
BLM Pocatello Field Office
4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, Idaho 83204
Phone: (208) 236-7503
Email comments to Rasmussen_Valley_EIS@blm.gov