The Bureau of Land Management announces closure of public lands for remediation in Phoenix District Office

PHOENIX — The Bureau of Land Management Phoenix District Office announces the closure of 1,370.64 acres of public lands in the White Tank Mountain/Miller Road area in Maricopa County, Arizona, to public entry to provide for public health and safety at the site.  The area will undergo cleanup and remediation in 2021. 

“The Bureau of Land Management’s top priority is public safety,” said Phoenix District Manger Leon Thomas.   “For this reason, we are focusing on remediating the area and managing future activity in the best interest of the public, our staff, and any contractors that work in the area.” 

The closure is needed to limit risk of potential exposure to lead and hazardous materials from historical recreational shooting activities at the site.  The closure will also allow contractors and BLM staff to conduct work safely while providing for stewardship of natural resources and protecting critical telecommunications and energy infrastructure.  Public roads crossing the closed area, including the Tonopah Salome Highway and North Parker Liberty Power Road, remain open to through traffic.

A Notice of Closure of Public Lands published in the Federal Register today and is available along with an area map and other information on the project website. Copies of this information are posted at the site and available at the BLM Phoenix District Office, 21605 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix. 

For further information, contact Tyler Lindsey at the Phoenix District Office by phone at 623-580-5500. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Chris Wonderly, Public Affairs Specialist