The Bureau of Land Management Arizona State Office Comments stated comments related to opposing uranium mining hardrock mineral development in the Grand Canyon watershed should have in the subject title: “mineral development” and sent via E-mail to: NAZproposedwithdrawal@azblm.org Also, please attend a public hearing with US Department of the Interior Public hearing on uranium mining March 8, 2011 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm, High Country Conference Center, Agassiz & Fremont Rooms, 201 West Butler Avenue, Flagstaff , AZ 86001.
Subject: Interior Invites Public Input on Future Hardrock Mineral Development in Northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon
7:36 PM March 8, 2011
Public hearing on uranium mining from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
High Country Conference Center, Agassiz & Fremont Rooms,
201 West Butler Avenue, Flagstaff , AZ 86001
Date: February 17, 2011
Contact: Kendra Barkoff (202) 208-6416
Interior Invites Public Input on Future Hardrock Mineral Development in Northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon
WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and is seeking public comment on a proposal to withdraw lands in the Grand Canyon watershed that would affect uranium and other hardrock mineral development in that area.
The public is invited to provide input on four alternatives in the Draft EIS, including a no-action (no withdrawal) alternative, to help determine whether Federal lands should be withdrawn from location and entry under the 1872 Mining Law for 20 years, subject to valid existing rights.
The current two-year segregation from new mining claims in the Arizona Strip near the Grand Canyon is allowing us to gather the best science available, engage the public, and make an informed decision about whether lands in the watershed should be withdrawn from new mining claims, said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. With the input of local communities, tribes, stakeholders, and scientists, the Bureau of Land Management has developed four alternatives on which we encourage people to provide their feedback and views. This process will help make a decision that recognizes the need for wise development of our energy resources, the importance of healthy lands and waters, and the voices of local communities, tribes, states, and stakeholders.