BLM seeks comments on proposed mining operation near Quartzburg

BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a proposed placer mine located near Quartzburg. The proponent, Mountain States Mining, LLC, has submitted a Plan of Operations to develop a 3-acre mining site after several years of exploratory work.

This scoping period for the environmental assessment allows the public, organizations and other interested parties to identify potential issues that the BLM may consider including in the environmental analysis. Comments are most helpful if they provide specific actions, resources or issues to be considered and analyzed. The BLM will accept comments throughout the scoping period: Nov. 13-27, 2020.
“The scoping process is a critical part of our planning process and ensures public involvement,” said BLM Four Rivers Field Manager Brent Ralston.
Maps and information about the project are available at: The URL is case sensitive.
Comments can be submitted by any one of the following:
Fax:  208-384-3326
Mail:  BLM Four Rivers Field Office, 3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705; Attention: Brent Ralston.
Please note that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number), commenters should be aware that their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.
For more information, contact Brent Ralston at 208-384-3300 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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