U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
|Release Date: 04/27/12|
BLM Rawlins Field Office Seeking Comment on the Lost Creek Uranium Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed uranium in situ recovery project in Sweetwater County approximately 40 miles northwest of Rawlins, Wyo.
The Lost Creek In Situ Uranium Recovery Project area contains approximately 4,250 acres within the project boundary, with no more than 345 acres actual surface disturbance when approved by BLM. Most of the surface disturbance would be related to construction of the well fields used to extract the uranium from the site.
The proponent has submitted a Plan of Operations describing their proposal to develop and recover uranium by the in situ mining process where a solution is injected into a bore hole to dissolve the mineral, then the solution bearing mineral is pumped back to the surface for processing. Planned facilities would include well pads for injection, production and monitoring, wellhead houses, a central processing facility, an access road network and pipeline system.
The BLM has been working closely with the other permitting agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WYDEQ), Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The BLM has analyzed the potential environmental impacts and the NRC has reviewed handling and management of the uranium. The NRC issued Lost Creek ISR, LLC a license in August 2011. WYDEQ issued the project a permit in October 2011.
An open house meeting on the project is scheduled for Monday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m. at the Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third Street, Rawlins, Wyo.
Written comments will be accepted until June 11. Comments may be emailed to Lost_Crk_Mine_WY@blm.gov, faxed to 307-328-4224, or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, Lost Creek DEIS Comment, P.O. Box 2407, Rawlins, WY 82301.
For further information, please contact John Russell at 307-328-4252. A link to a map of the proposed project can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/lostcreek.html.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. 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 N. Third Street Rawlins, WY 82301
|Last updated: 04-27-2012|
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