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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Southern Nevada District Office
 
Release Date: 04/26/13
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 , k1cannon@blm.gov

Competitive Sale of Mineral Materials in Sloan Hills Not Authorized


Las Vegas --The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District, Las Vegas Field Office announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision for the Proposed Sloan Hills Competitive Mineral Material Sales with the publication of a notice in the Federal Register today. 
 
The EIS analyzes applications from two mining companies (CEMEX and Service Rock Products Corporation) to mine and process limestone and dolomite minerals in the Sloan Hills area in the southern Las Vegas Valley. Two settlement agreements obligate the BLM to process the mineral material sales applications submitted by CEMEX and Service Rock Products Corporation. 
 
After environmental analysis, consideration of public comments, and application of pertinent Federal laws, the BLM’s decision is to not authorize the competitive sale of mineral materials in the Sloan Hills area. The selected No Action Alternative reflects the BLM's intent to continue current management of public lands within the Sloan Hills area.
 
The BLM held three public meetings and accepted public comments for 120 days through e-mail, fax, mail, and public meetings. The majority of the comments received addressed impacts on air quality, water use, noise and vibration, visual resources, transportation and traffic, socioeconomics, and special management areas.
 
Alternatives analyzed in the Final EIS include: Alternative 1, at 640 acres, includes the sale of mineral materials in the North Site and the South Site to two mining companies that would operate independently and results in a single open pit mine; Alternative 2, at 320 acres, includes the sale of mineral materials in the North Site only; Alternative 3, at 320 acres, includes the sale of mineral materials in the South Site only; Alternative 4, at 640 acres, includes the sale of mineral materials in both the North Site and the South Site to a single mining company; and Alternative 5, the No Action Alternative.
 
The Final EIS is available at the following locations in Nevada:
  • Online http://blm.gov/m3kd
  • BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines, Las Vegas
  • BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno
  • Paseo Verde Library, 280 South Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
  • James I. Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson
  • Enterprise Library, 25 East Shelbourne Avenue, Las Vegas
  • Request a printed copy or a compact disc from the BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130, phone: 702–515–5000, or email: sloanhillseis@blm.gov


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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Last updated: 04-26-2013