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Deadline extended to comment on Kirkland Mining Company

The Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office, has extended the public comment period an additional 15 days, to Sept. 11, for the Kirkland Mining Company Pozzolan Mine environmental analysis in Skull Valley. The new deadline for public comments, however, is only the first of two formal comment periods during the process.

“The process we are following is designed to give the public a voice in the management of the public lands. At the end of the scoping period, a scoping report will be published. This report and the comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment are additional ways the public will be a part of the process,” said Leon Thomas, BLM Phoenix District manager.

Currently, the BLM has received more than 490 emails or comment letters. Public comments will be considered in the draft EA expected to be complete in Spring 2018. The second formal comment period will begin when the draft EA has been prepared.

This is the initial stage for environmental analysis of the draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations submitted by the Kirkland Mining Company. The company proposes to develop a pozzolan mine on 76 acres of its unpatented 160-acre Capital association placer mining claim. The high quality pozzolan is regulated under the General Mining Act of 1872.

For a copy of the map of the project area, the frequently asked questions, the public open house presentation materials, the proposed Kirkland Mining Company Mining and Reclamation Plan, and the biological resources baseline report, visit the BLM environmental assessment project website at http://bit.ly/2rRYTII.

The BLM will analyze this plan of operations in accordance with its multiple-use mission which supports working landscapes that promote economic growth and create jobs while managing for sustainable lands.

Be aware that 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.

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