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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office is considering a proposal to mine unconsolidated clay, sand, and gravel material approximately 10 miles north of Salida, just east of the Chaffee County landfill.

In a BLM release sent out Tuesday, Chaffee County is proposing to develop 40 acres of BLM-managed lands. “This proposal will help Chaffee County operate the landfill without having to truck cover material from other locations,” said Royal Gorge Field Manager Keith Berger. “We welcome and appreciate the public’s comments as we evaluate the proposal during the scoping process.”

Under the current proposal, the area would be accessed through the landfill and no processing would take place on the site.

The proposed mining operation is directly east of the Chaffee County landfill.

The mineral materials will be used to meet the State of Colorado’s requirements for daily and final cover on the adjacent, active landfill that is managed by the county. In fiscal year 2019, non-energy minerals on Colorado’s BLM lands generated approximately $151 million in economic output.

The purpose of the public scoping process is for people to identify any potential alternatives, information, and analyses relevant to the proposed action prior to BLM preparing an environmental analysis. This is the first of two public input processes for this application. Check the ePlanning site for updates on where BLM is in the process.

Scoping comments must be received by Dec. 1, 2020, and can be submitted through the above ePlanning site or mailed to “Chaffee County Minerals Scoping,” 3028 E. Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, know that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.