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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/15/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Worland Seeks Input on Environmental Assessment
for Hot Springs County Bentonite Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) which analyzes a proposed bentonite mining project in Hot Springs County, Wyo.

Wyo-Ben, Inc. proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation on public land in the Meeteetse Draw area located north of Thermopolis. The proposal consists of mining 10 to 15 acres per year for an estimated 10-20 years.

The EA and unsigned finding of no significant impact are available for review at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/wfo/wyo-ben-projects.html. Wyo-Ben’s mine and reclamation plan, which can also be found on the website, was previously available for public review and input in August 2011.

Public input is valuable in the process and will enable the BLM to make a well-informed decision. The review period runs from Aug. 16 through Sept. 14, 2012. Comments may be emailed to worland_wymail@blm.gov; please include "Wyo-Ben" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to Field Manager, BLM Worland Field Office, 101 S. 23rd Street, Worland, WY 82401.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact BLM Planning and Environmental Coordinator Holly Elliott at 307-347-5100 or helliott@blm.gov.



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: 08-15-2012