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Alton Coal Tract - Lease By Application

Alton Coal Tract Lease by Application Supplemental DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement 

In November 2004, the BLM-Utah State Office received a Lease by Application (LBA) from Alton Coal Development to mine 2,683 acres of Federal coal on private and public land and recover approximately 49 million tons of Federal coal in Kane County, Utah.  Through tract delineation, the BLM increased the tract size to 3,581 acres to ensure conservation of the coal resources.  The proponent is currently extracting coal by surface mining methods from a nearby tract on private land at the Coal Hollow Mine.  The LBA would extend the life of the mine by expanding mining operations to adjacent Federal coal lands. 

The BLM released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment in November 2011.  The BLM received 177,000 comments expressing concerns with sensitive species, proximity to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, air quality, wetlands, and night sky impacts.  Based on comments provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Park Service (NPS) and the public, the BLM determined that a supplemental EIS was needed to adequately address public concerns.  Preparation of the supplemental document began in July 2012.

The Supplemental Draft EIS (SDEIS) is available for public review and comment until August, 11 2015.The BLM-Utah will hold several public information open houses from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Cedar City – July 14, 2015
Heritage Center
105 North 100 East
Cedar City, Utah 84720
Panguitch – July 15, 2015
Garfield County Courthouse Commission Chambers
55 South Main Street
Panguitch, Utah 84759
Salt Lake City – July 16, 2015
Red Lion Hotel
161 West 600 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Kanab – July 21, 2015
Kanab Field Office
669 South Highway 89A
Kanab, Utah 84741
Alton – July 22, 2015
Alton Town Hall
11 South 100 West
Alton, Utah 84710


Scoping Materials

Notice of Intent


Supplemental DEIS Files

Notice of Availablilty


Alton Coal DRAFT EIS

Notice of Availability


The Supplemental DEIS analyzes three action alternatives: 1) Alternative B (the Proposed Action), 2) Alternative C (Reduced Tract Acreage and Seasonal Restrictions), and 3) Alternative K1 (Reduced Tract Acreage). Alternative C was developed in response to issues raised during the scoping period. Alternative K1 was developed in response to issues raised during the public comment period on the DEIS. This SDEIS analyzes a No Action Alternative, which would be to not offer the lease tract for leasing at this time and to maintain existing land uses in the tract area.

The Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the State of Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (UDOGM) are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the Supplemental Draft EIS. If the Alton Coal Tract is leased, OSM is the Federal Agency that would be responsible for recommending approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the Mining Plan to the Secretary of the Interior. UDOGM is delegated the environmental and reclamation responsibilities under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. A separate UDOGM permit would be required if the leasing process is completed.