U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 02/12/13|
BLM Requests Nominations for the 2013 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program
Washington, D.C. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director announces the request for nominations for the 2013 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is March 29, 2013.
The awards recognize independent initiative and voluntary action in solid mineral (non-coal) development operations that embody the principles of sustainable development or represent outstanding examples of reclamation or environmental stewardship. The development of hardrock and other locatable minerals on public lands in Fiscal Year 2011 contributed more than $15 billion to the U.S. economy and provided over 82,000 jobs.
“Reclamation and sustainable development of non-fuel minerals provide important resources for the current generation of Americans while ensuring that future generations will have their needs met too,” said Acting BLM Director Mike Pool. “These awards are an opportunity to celebrate success and recognize outstanding partners in the stewardship of the public lands and mineral resources.”
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.
The deadline for submitting nominations is March 29, 2013. Nominations are to be submitted in the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction in the State where the operation is located. The presentation of awards will take place in October 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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. For detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations click here.
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
|Last updated: 02-12-2013|
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