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Release Date: 07/10/12
Contacts: Keith Rigtrup, 435-865-3063    

BLM to issue a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Alton Coal Mine

KANAB, UT – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Kanab Field Office (KFO) announced that it will issue a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Federal Coal Lease Application from Alton Coal Development LLC.  Alton Coal seeks to lease Federal coal on 3,581 acres (more or less) of public and private land near Alton, Utah. 

The BLM made a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) available for public review from November 4, 2011 until January 27, 2012.    The BLM received approximately 177,000 comments during this time.  Additionally, the BLM has worked closely with other agencies through the entire process, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service. 

Because the BLM is committed to providing the best analysis possible, the SDEIS will address issues raised to date, including wetlands and air quality, and provide increased protection measures for the Greater sage-grouse habitat.  BLM anticipates that the SDEIS will be available for public review and comment in early 2013.  Public meetings on the SDEIS will be held in concert with the comment period.

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.

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Last updated: 07-10-2012