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Final comment period, public meeting for proposed Kirkland Mine

The proposed mine, a small-to-midsized quarry-type operation, will encompass 76 of the 164 acres of public lands. According to Kirkland Mining Company officials, no blasting or use of chemical processing will take place on the property.

The proposed mine, a small-to-midsized quarry-type operation, will encompass 76 of the 164 acres of public lands. According to Kirkland Mining Company officials, no blasting or use of chemical processing will take place on the property.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on an updated Draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed high-quality pozzolan mine on about 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley.

The 60-day comment period begins July 7 through Sept. 4.

A public meeting takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Kirkland Community Center, 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Road in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a presentation and cover the role of BLM in managing public lands for multiple uses, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, wildlife resources, archaeological resources, the mine permitting process, and the transportation network associated with the proposed mine.

After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will conclude in an open-house format during which BLM specialists and Kirkland Mining Company representatives will be available to answer questions.

A court reporter and comment station will be available for onsite comment submissions. Additionally, stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM ePlanning project website.

Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

This open house is intended to assist the public in reviewing more detailed information available on the BLM ePlanning project website and providing substantive comments. Maps, comment forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials will be available online at http://go.usa.gov//xnJFX beginning July 7.

For more information, call Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or visit KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

Before including any personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that this 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.

Information provided by the Bureau of Land Management.