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    The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office has issued the Lila Canyon Mine Draft Environmental Assessment for 30-day public review and comment. The assessment analyzes the potential impacts of approving federal coal lease modifications for Lila Canyon Mine in Carbon County. The public comment period closes on May 25, according to the BLM Price Field Office.

    The applicant, Utah American Energy, Inc., has submitted a lease modification application to expand two existing federal leases to add new federal coal reserves as part of the Lila Canyon Mine, located approximately nine miles southeast of East Carbon. The modification would be a continuation of the existing underground mining operation, and is projected to extend the life of the mine by approximately three years, according to the BLM.

    Interested members of the public, local governments, tribes, organizations, and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments during the 30-day public comment period to help refine the proposed action, clarify issues, and identify new issues.

    The Draft EA and the opportunity to comment are available on the BLM’s NEPA register: go.usa.gov/xvR4k. Please submit comments by selecting the “Documents” tab and select “Comment on Document.” Comments can also be submitted via email to blm_ut_pr_comments@blm.gov, or by mail, if postmarked on or before May 25, to: BLM Price Field Office, Attn: Lila Canyon, 125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501.

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