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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
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Release Date: 02/07/13
Contacts: Contact: David Abrams, Public Affairs Specialist    
  dabrams@blm.gov    
  (406) 490-0367    

BLM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON MINE WASTE REMOVAL PROJECT NEAR ROCHESTER


DILLON (Feb. 6, 2013) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office is evaluating a proposal to remove about 9,200 tons of waste dump material from several locations in the Rochester, Mont., area.  The BLM will take public comments on the proposal until March 7, 2013.

The mine dumps would be removed from eight unpatented mining claims and two patented mining claims. The material will be hauled to locations in the Rochester area to be screened and crushed and then hauled to the Golden Sunlight Mine east of Whitehall for final processing.

Minimal road improvement on public land is anticipated.  The area will be reclaimed upon completion of the project.

Although levels of metals in the waste rock may be somewhat elevated, the concentrations will not pose a public health issue.  Following processing at Golden Sunlight’s mill, waste material will be placed in a lined permitted tailings facility at the Golden Sunlight Mine.

The BLM is processing the applicant’s plan of operations in accordance with federal regulations.  If the operation is approved as submitted, removal would begin after March 8 and would be completed this spring.  The plan of operations is available for review at the Dillon Field Office, 1005 Selway Drive in Dillon.

For more information or to submit comments, please contact Robert Gunderson at the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000, or by email to MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov with “Rochester Waste Removal” in the subject line.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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