Legal Notice Draft Environmental Impact Statement Sunroc Corporation Chicken Creek Gypsum Mine
The Manti-La Sal National Forest (FS) has prepared a Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in response to Sunroc
Corporation's (Sunroc) proposal to expand their open-pit gypsum mining
operations on National Forest System (NFS) Lands.
Sunroc is proposing a supplement to its existing approved Plan of
Operations (the Plan) to include additional NFS lands for surface
mining that are not included in the currently approved plans. The
Plan proposes to commence mining operations on NFS lands at the East
Mine and Upper West Mine and continue mining operations on NFS lands
at the Lower West Mine of the Chicken Creek Gypsum Mine. In addition,
it proposes an additional mine access road to the Upper Chicken Creek
The mine is located approximately two miles east of Levan, Utah, on
the west slope of the San Pitch Mountains within the Sanpete Ranger
District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The East Mine claims
are located in parts of Section 34, Township 14 South, Range 1 East,
Salt Lake Meridian and the West Mine claims are in parts of Section 4,
Township 15 South, Range 1 East, Salt Lake Meridian.
The purpose of the proposed action and the evaluation of
alternatives to the proposed action are to determine if changes or
additions to the Plan are required to meet the requirements of the
regulations for environmental protection set forth in 36 CFR 228.8.
This action is needed so that Sunroc may expand their operations on
NFS lands in order to continue operations at the Chicken Creek Mine
for approximately 128 years. By completing the National Environmental
Protection Act (NEPA) process Sunroc and the USFS will comply with the
federal requirements to complete the NEPA process on actions which
will take place on federal lands.
The public is invited to comment on our proposal. Only those who
submit timely comments will be accepted as appellants. Comments on
the DEIS should be as specific as possible; comments should refer to
pages and/or chapters of the DEIS. Each individual or representative
from each organization, submitting comments must either sign the
comments or otherwise verify identity in order to attain appeal
eligibility. Comments received will be identified in the Final
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) by commentor/comment with
responses and will be considered in FEIS development. Comments
received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be
considered part of the public record for this project and will be
available for public inspection. The public has 45 calendar days from
the date the Notice is published in the Federal Register to submit
comments. Comments should include the information required pursuant
to 36 CFR 215.6(a)(3), as published in the Federal Register on June 4,
For additional information or to obtain a copy of the DEIS for
review, contact Karl Boyer at 435-636-3551, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DEIS will also be posted on the Manti-La Sal National Forest
under Sunroc Plan of Operation, Chicken Creek Surface Gypsum Mine.
Comments on the DEIS are due by close of business on February 13,
2012. Comments must be sent to: Harv Forsgren, Regional Forester,
Region 4, US Forest Service, 324 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401-2300.
Published in the Sun Advocate January 10, 2012.
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