BLM will issue SDEIS on proposed Alton coal mine
The Bureau of Land Management's Kanab Field Office announced that it will issue a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Federal Coal Lease Application from Alton Coal Development LLC.Â Alton Coal seeks to lease Federal coal on 3,581 acres (more or less) of public and private land near Alton, Utah.Â
The BLM made a Draft Environmental Impact Statement available for public review from November 4, 2011 until January 27, 2012.Â Â Â The BLM received approximately 177,000 comments during this time.Â Additionally, the BLM has worked closely with other agencies through the entire process, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service.Â
The SDEIS will address issues raised to date, including wetlands and air quality, and provide increased protection measures for the Greater sage-grouse habitat.Â BLM anticipates that the SDEIS will be available for public review and comment in early 2013.Â Public meetings on the SDEIS will be held in concert with the comment period.