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Release Date: 04/09/14
Contacts: Lisa Bryant , 435-259-2150  

BLM to Begin Scoping for Copper Mine Modification

Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office is seeking public input on a proposed  mine plan modification for the Lisbon Valley Copper Mine.  The BLM will be preparing an environmental assessment to analyze potential impacts associated with proposed changes to placement of waste rock at the mine.  The public is invited to provide scoping comments to help the BLM identify relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis—including alternatives—and guide the process for developing the environmental assessment.

Lisbon Valley Mining Company LLC is proposing a mine plan modification that would allow the placement of up to 75 million tons of waste rock into the currently active Centennial mine pit.  The placement of this waste rock would backfill a portion of the pit, rather than remain on the surface elsewhere at the mine site.  A similar backfill proposal was analyzed as part of the 1997 EIS.  The new proposal would not add to the mine footprint and could even lessen it by reducing the size of waste rock piles.  

This 30-day public scoping period is an initial stage in the review process and is an opportunity for public comments to be received by the BLM prior to beginning the analysis, in order to address concerns.  The public is encouraged to participate by reviewing the proposed plan modification and providing written comments regarding issues or concerns that should be considered during the planning process for this project.  

The proposal is available for public review and comment on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at: (search for project name “Lisbon” and select “Moab” in the Field Office drop down menu). 

Written scoping comments will be accepted by letter or email until May 12, 2014.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action.  Comments should be as specific as possible.  Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.  Please reference “Lisbon Valley Copper Mine” when submitting comments.

Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:

Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah  84532


Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.  The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
For additional information, please contact Joe Manning at (435) 259-2100.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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Last updated: 04-09-2014