July 1, 2008
Lesley A. Collins
BLM Prepares EA on Proposed Uranium Site
Cameco Resources Inc. (CAMECO) has submitted a plan of operations to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office for a proposed uranium in situ recovery (ISR) project on public, private, and state lands within Converse County, Wyo. BLM is requesting public comments regarding issues and resource information.
CAMECO currently conducts commercial ISR uranium mining at the adjacent Smith Ranch/Highland mine operations area. CAMECO is proposing to expand its mining operations and to conduct ISR mining in the Reynolds Ranch area. The proposed Reynolds Ranch Uranium Mine is located along Ross Road approximately 30 miles northwest of Douglas. The project area encompasses 8,700 acres consisting of: 5360 acres of split estate with private surface and BLM minerals, 720 acres of BLM surface and minerals, 1980 acres of private, and 640 acres of State owned lands. Approximately 325 acres would be disturbed, with about 120 acres occurring on BLM surface.
Portions of the project occurring on private or state lands are not subject to BLM authorization. The entire project will be licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and permitted by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.
BLM is in the process of preparing an environmental analysis (EA). The purpose of the EA is to evaluate the potential impacts of the mine upon the environment.
A link to the Scoping Notice is posted on the Wyoming BLM Casper Field Office homepage at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Casper.html
Please submit comments or concerns to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Tom Foertsch, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, WY, 82604. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention of Tom Foertsch at (307) 261-7587; or sent electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Reynolds Ranch ISR in the subject line. Comments are due July 31, 2008.
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