BLM Considering Mine Proposal North of Salida

The Bureau of Land Management is considering a proposal to mine clay, sand, and gravel approximately 10 miles north of Salida.   

Chaffee County is proposing to develop 40 acres of BLM managed lands adjacent to the Chaffee County Landfill. The mineral materials will be used to meet State of Colorado requirements for daily and final cover of the adjacent, active landfill that is managed by the county.   

Field Manager Keith Berger said in a press release, “This proposal will help Chaffee County operate the landfill without having to truck cover material form other locations.  We welcome and appreciate the public’s comments as we evaluate the proposal during the scoping process.   

Comments must be received by December 1 and can be submitted through the BLM ePlanning site at go.usa.gov/x734R.   

Terry West
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