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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Washington Office Division of Public Affairs
 
Release Date: 02/17/11
Contacts: Mary Ponticelli , 202-912-7115  
  Matt Spangler , 202-912-7414  

BLM Extending Deadline for Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards


Deadline for Entries: April 29, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting nominations for the 2011 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. These awards recognize solid mineral (non-coal) development operations that embody the principles of sustainable development or represent outstanding examples of reclamation or environmental stewardship.

"BLM-managed lands produce an array of hardrock minerals that play a vital role in maintaining Americans' quality of life," said BLM Director Bob Abbey. "These awards recognize mining operators who carry out their work in an environmentally and socially responsible manner so as to meet the needs of current and future generations." 

Call for Nominations: 2011 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program

These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future generations. The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout the nation.

The awards fall under five categories – the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award, and the “Fix A Shaft Today!” Award.

The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community’s long-term health are also eligible.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award is for outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.

The “Fix A Shaft Today!” (“FAST!”) Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts.

Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for an award. Nominations need not be limited to operations on land managed by the BLM. Detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations, appears in the brochure titled Call for Nominations: 2011 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to April 29, 2011 from March 25, 2011. Nominations are to be submitted in the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction in the State where the operation is located. Presentation of awards will take place in the fall of 2011.



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: 04-14-2011