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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Fillmore Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/11/14
Contacts: Lisa Reid, (435)743-3128    

BLM Seeks Public Input on Environmental Analysis for
Proposed Potash Project in Southwestern Utah


FILLMORE, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Fillmore Field Office will is seeking public input on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 124,000-acre potash development project in Millard County, Utah. 
 
An announcement published in the Federal Register today, announced the BLM-Utah’s intent to prepare an EIS for the proposed project and initiated a public scoping period that ends on April 11, 2014, or 15 days after the public meeting—whichever is later.  Please note, the public meeting could be held as late as early June, and the end of the scoping period will be adjusted accordingly.  Comments will be accepted throughout this timeframe, and interested members of the public are encouraged to visit the BLM-Utah website for announcements regarding scheduling of this meeting later this spring.  During this public scoping period, the BLM is seeking input from the public to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS.  
 
Peak Minerals, Inc. is proposing to construct, operate, and maintain the facilities required to extract and process potash from brine solution found on potash leases in central Millard County’s Sevier Playa.  Proposed project infrastructure includes ponds, wells, power and gas lines, a rail facility, and access roads.  Additional information about the proposed project can be found in the mining plan of operations submitted by Peak Minerals, which is available for review at the Fillmore Field Office.
 
To provide the public an opportunity to review the proposed project information, the BLM will host a public open house in Delta, Utah, where BLM-Utah staff and representatives of Peak Minerals will be available to provide information and answer questions.  The specific meeting venue, time, and date will be published at least 15 days in advance through local media outlets and on the BLM website at:  www.blm.gov/ut.

You may submit written comments on issues and planning criteria relating to the proposed project by mail, email, fax or at the public scoping meeting.  Please reference “Sevier Playa Project” when submitting your written comments. 

Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Fillmore Field Office
95 East 500 North
Fillmore, UT 84631

Email
blm_ut_fm_comments@blm.gov

Fax
(435)743-3135

Before including your address, phone number, email 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.  BLM will not consider anonymous comments. 
 
For further project-specific information, please contact Cindy Ledbetter at (435)743-3127.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.
 
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Last updated: 03-11-2014