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2:03 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

BLM releases scoping report on mining near Canyon

KINGMAN - The Bureau of Land Management released a scoping report March 8 on a proposal to withdraw 1 million acres of public land surrounding the Grand Canyon, including parts of Northern Mohave County, from mining for the next 20 years.

The report includes 8,600-plus unique comments from members of the public, public officials and businesses. Some of the major concerns listed were water, economic conditions, people who may be affected by the mining, minerals, the environment, social conditions, laws, cumulative impacts and land.

The comments will be used to create an environmental impact study. The study will give federal officials a range of possibilities and alternatives to closing the property off to mining. The BLM expects to have a draft of the study ready by August. The final copy of the study is slated for January, and the government is hoping to reach a decision on the matter by March 2011.

Denison Mines (USA) Corp. has already opened at least one uranium mine in the area and is working on opening two others. For more information, visit www.blm.gov/az.