U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
|Release Date: 07/12/13|
BLM Begins Public Comment Period for Uranium Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed uranium project in Fremont County.
Strathmore Resources (US), LTD proposes to conduct conventional uranium exploration and development in the Gas Hills Unit, approximately 45 miles east of Riverton and 35 miles southwest of Casper. The project area is approximately 12,400 acres, of which 11,040 acres are federal surface. This area has been a uranium district since the early 1950s.
Strathmore proposes to mine the uranium using conventional or open pit methods and with on-site heap leach processing of uranium into yellow cake. Surface disturbance from pits, spoils storage, material storage, roads and processing facilities including the heap leach will total approximately 2,000 acres and will be phased over twelve years. Upon termination of mining operations and final surface reclamation, it is likely that the heap leach area will be restricted from public access and transferred to the Department of Energy for long-term custodial care.
The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze Strathmore’s proposed project. Project information and documents will be available on the website at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/LowerGasHillsConvMine.html.
To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, the BLM will host public meetings in Lander and Riverton.
Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed EIS. Comments should be received by September 9, 2013. Written comments may be emailed to: BLM_WY_Lower_Gas_Hills_Conventional_Mine@blm.gov, or mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, Attn: Kristin Yannone, Project Manager, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.
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 Project Manager Kristin Yannone at 307-332-8400.
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: 07-12-2013|
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