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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
 
Release Date: 11/01/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith,    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Releases Gas Hills Uranium Project Final EIS


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office today announced the release of a comprehensive analysis of the proposed Gas Hills In Situ Recovery Uranium Project in central Wyoming. A notice of availability was published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2013, announcing the availability of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for public review.

Power Resources Inc., doing business as Cameco Resources, proposes to develop uranium deposits using in situ recovery techniques in the Gas Hills Mining District, located approximately 45 miles east of Riverton in Fremont and Natrona counties. The BLM developed the final EIS to provide a comprehensive analysis of potential impacts that could result from project development. The final EIS and the comments that were received from the public and cooperating agencies throughout the analysis process will assist the BLM in its decision-making process before issuing a record of decision in December 2013.

The permitted area for the proposed project includes about 8,500 acres of rugged terrain where conventional uranium mining and milling activities were previously conducted. Approximately 94 percent of the Gas Hills Project Area is on BLM-administered public lands. About 2 percent is on state lands and the remainder is on private land. About 15 percent of the surface area, approximately 1,300 acres, would be disturbed by the development.

The final EIS is available for review on the project website at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/gashills.html. For more information, please visit the project website or contact Project Manager Tom Sunderland 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: 11-01-2013