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BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Iron Mine

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Fillmore Field Office is seeking public comment on a plan of operations and environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of a proposed mining project located approximately 24 miles southwest of Delta, in Millard County, Utah.

The proposed Long Ridge Iron Mine Project includes a placer mining operation on public lands and would create approximately 65 acres of surface disturbance on public land.

Additional information about the proposed project is included in both the plan and EA, which are available for public review and comment at the BLM-Utah Fillmore Field Office during regular business hours—8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, except federal holidays.   An electronic copy of the EA can be found here.

The public review and comment period for the plan of operations and EA ends July 26, 2013.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information.  Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.  Please reference “Long Ridge Iron Mine Project” when submitting comments.

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.  The BLM will not consider anonymous comments.  All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

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The Fillmore Field Office (FFO) is located in west-central Utah, bordering Great Basin National Park, and the Fishlake, Dixie and Manti-LaSal National Forests. The FFO is on the eastern edge of the Basin and Range Geographic Province and is dominated by numerous alternating north-south trending mountain ranges and sedimentary basins. Peaks in the mountain ranges include Granite Peak, Notch Peak and Swasey Peak climbing to elevations exceeding 12,000 feet.

The basins include Sevier Lake, Tule Valley, Black Rock Desert, and Sevier Desert.  The Sevier Desert contains the 60,000 acres of sand dunes known as Little Sahara Recreation Area, which is administered by FFO.  At an elevation of 5,100 feet, the Yuba Special Recreation Management Area offers a variety of water recreation opportunities.  When full, the lake is 22 miles long and reaches a maximum depth of 80 feet.  This recreation area is cooperatively managed by Utah State Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Land Management. The field office administers 4.7 million acres making it the largest contiguous BLM administrative area in Utah.


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Bureau of Land Management

Fillmore Field Office

95 East 500 North

Fillmore, Utah 84631

Phone: (435) 743-3100

Fax: (435) 743-3135