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New news in EIS for Uranium Mine! Please Take action!

April 1, 2011

BLM Extends Public Comment Period for Northern Arizona Proposed
Withdrawal Draft Environmental Impact Statement by 30 Days

For Immediate Release

Date: March 29, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The study is a comprehensive environmental analysis of the effects of withdrawing public land north and south of the Grand Canyon from new filings of mining claims.

The Federal agencies involved had allowed 45 days for the public to comment on the Draft EIS. Because of numerous requests, the agencies are extending the comment period by 30 days to May 4, 2011. The comment period was due to close on April 4.

No additional public meetings will be held during the extended public comment period.

The Draft EIS assesses the environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with the withdrawal of lands in the Grand Canyon watershed. The withdrawal would affect uranium and other hardrock mining.

Under the study’s Proposed Alternative, the BLM would withdraw more than 1 million acres from location and entry of hardrock mining claims for 20 years. The withdrawal would not affect mining claims with valid existing rights.

The Draft EIS and other information are available at

The preferred method of commenting on the Draft EIS is by written submissions to the email address Comments can also be mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip District, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790.

The see this entire story please visit the Stop Uranium mining page!

Also please take action in your region!

AZDEQ is responsible for air and water quality permits for uranium mining operations near the Grand Canyon.

Office Locations:
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
1110 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 771-2300 – General Information
(800) 234-5677 – Toll Free
(602) 771-4829 – TDD

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Northern Regional Office
1801 West Route 66, Suite 117
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(928) 779-0313 – General Information
(877) 602-3675 – Toll Free
(928) 773-2700 or (928) 773-2705 – Fax

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Southern Regional Office
400 West Congress Street, Suite 433
Tucson, Arizona 85701
(520) 628-6733 – General Information
(888) 271-9302 – Toll Free
(520) 628-6745 – Fax

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  1. April 5, 2011 10:21 am

    People have to stand up against Uranium Mining. We have in Brazil also environmental and health problems because of two uranium mines. And another mine is in construction. To stop uranium mining and the nuclear industry in Brazil and Latin America we are organizing now the 1st International Uranium Film Festival here in Rio de Janeiro (End of May 2011) and in other big cities. The people in Brazil are not informed about the radioactive risks. So we have to do this. You are invited to join us. Any help is welcomed! See you in Rio next May 21-28, 2011.

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