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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 11/24/09
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    

BLM Signs Bentonite Mining Decision Record

The Decision Record for the bentonite mining project in Hot Springs County has been signed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office.

The Environmental Assessment (EA), released for a 30-day review period on July 29, 2009, analyzed a proposal from Wyo-Ben, Inc. to conduct bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation at six locations on federal land in Hot Spring County. The analysis determined that no long-term significant impacts would occur as a result of the project. The EA also addressed and mitigated issues raised by the public during the review and comment period, including impacts to ground and surface water quality, wildlife habitat, cultural and paleontological resources, visual intrusions, and livestock fencing.

The Decision Record, EA and plan of operations submitted by Wyo-Ben, Inc. can be found on the BLM website at The documents are also available for viewing at the Worland Field Office, 101 South 23rd Street in Worland.

For more information, please contact Marilyn Wegweiser at 307-347-5100.

The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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