BLM Kemmerer Opens Scoping on Tata Chemicals’ Lease Expansion

BLM Kemmerer Opens Scoping on Tata Chemicals’ Lease Expansion
BLM Kemmerer Opens Scoping on Tata Chemicals’ Lease Expansion
Trona. Photo from USGS Mineral Specimens.

KEMMERER WYOMING — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office is seeking public comment on Tata Chemicals’ lease application to expand its existing trona mining operation 10 miles southwest of Green River, Wyo. The 30-day public scoping period will help the BLM to prepare an environmental assessment that analyzes Tata Chemicals’ lease application and determine if the federal mineral estate will be offered in a competitive lease sale.

The proposed expansion totals 400 acres of BLM-administered federal mineral estate is in the checkerboard pattern of mixed public, private and state owned land.

If Tata is the successful bidder, this lease would be used to expand their current operation which consists of an underground trona mine and associated soda ash plant which have been in operation since 1968. No surface disturbance, operations or facilities are proposed in the potential expansion.

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Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues and/or determine the extent of those issues. Written substantive scoping comments should be received by May 26, and may be submitted via facsimile, email, mail, or hand-delivery during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to:

Travis Chewning, Planning and Environmental Specialist
Tata Sodium Lease – WYW183702
BLM Kemmerer Field Office
430 North Highway 189
Kemmerer, WY 83101
Facsimile: 307-828-4539
Email: blm_wy_kfo_sodiumlease_wyw183702@blm.gov

Please include “Sodium Lease Competitive Sale – WYW183702” in the subject line. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the below individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

A copy of the project map and additional details can be found at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/kfo/sodium.html