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Release Date: 09/06/16

BLM Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Bagdad Mine Stockpile Extension

KINGMAN, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office is seeking public comments on the Bagdad Mine Stockpile Extension Environmental Assessment (EA).

The EA analyzes the potential environmental effects of two separate and independent proposed actions: a Freeport-McMoRan Bagdad Inc. (FMBI) request to authorize extension of the existing waste rock stockpile located south of the open pit at the Bagdad Mine, as well as authorization for installation of two groundwater monitoring wells and associated access roads south of the proposed stockpile extension, and an Arizona Public Service (APS) request for an amendment to their existing right-of-way (ROW) for power line maintenance access roads within the same general project area. Though unrelated to one another, NEPA regulations allow evaluation of these two actions in a single document because they would occur in approximately the same geographic area and within the same general time frame.

In conjunction with the EA, the BLM is issuing a draft Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) statement for public review. This statement describes the overall scope of analysis in the EA, identifies those resources that were analyzed in detail, and documents the BLM’s conclusion that no environmental effects are likely to occur as a result of the proposed actions.

The EA and the FONSI will remain available for public review and comment for a period of 30 calendar days (until October 6, 2016). Electronic copies of the EA and Draft FONSI can be viewed and downloaded from the project website:

Hard copies of the documents are also available for review at the BLM Kingman Field Office as well as the Wikieup Post Office, 18170 U.S. Highway 93, Wikieup, Arizona.

Comments can be submitted via U.S. mail to:

Bureau of Land Management Kingman Field Office

Attn: Bagdad Environmental Assessment

2755 Mission Boulevard Kingman, AZ 86401

Comments may also be submitted via email to: or via fax to 928- 718-3761.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 09-06-2016