U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
|Release Date: 02/01/10|
BLM Rawlins Seeking Input on the Proposal and Plan of Operations
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office intends to prepare an environmental document for a proposed uranium in situ recovery project in Sweetwater Co. approximately 38 miles northwest of Rawlins, Wyo, and 15 miles southwest of Bairoil, Wyo.
The project area encompasses approximately 4,254 acres, total acres with proposed disturbances of 324 acres. The proponent has submitted a Plan of Operations describing development and recovery of uranium by the “in situ” mining process. Planned facilities would include well fields for injection, production and monitoring, wellhead houses, a central processing facility, an access road network and pipeline system. Final reclamation and abandonment of the site is included in the plan.
This Plan of Operations is not the BLM environmental review document, but only the operator’s proposal and Plan of Operation. The environmental review will come later in the process.
The plan is available for review in the public room at the Bureau of Land management Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N Third Street, Rawlins, Wyo. and at the Sweetwater County Planning and Zoning Office, 80 W. Flaming Gorge Way, Suite 23, Green River, Wyo. Following publications in several area newspapers, the public review and comment period will end on February 19, 2010. The level of BLM environmental documentation will be determined soon after the end of this public review and comment period. After the environmental document is completed, BLM will seek further public comment.
The BLM will be working closely with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and each agency will release their own environmental document. The BLM will review potential environmental impacts, and the NRC will review handling and management of the uranium. The NRC has already released a draft supplemental EIS in response to a material source license filed by Lost Creek ISR, LLC.
A link to a map of the proposed project can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Rawlins.html.
Written comments will be accepted until Feb 21, 2010. Comments may be emailed to: Lost_Crk_Mine_WY@blm.gov or faxed to: 307–328-4224, or mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, P.O. Box 2407, Rawlins, WY 82301.
For further information, contact Eldon Allison, Rawlins Field Office at 307-328-4200.
The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Rawlins Field Office 1300 North Third Rawlins, WY 82301
|Last updated: 02-02-2010|
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