Final EIS released by BLM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Burns District announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed expansion of a Celatom mine, located approximately 50 miles east of Burns and 60 miles west of Vale.

The Celatom Complex is a diatomaceous mine currently consisting of three open-pit mines called Beede Desert (on private land), Kelly Field (on BLM-administered land) and Section 36 (on state-administered land) in Harney and Malheur counties.

The FEIS analyzes proposed activities on BLM-administered land and cumulative effects from proposed activities on state-administered and private land, all within the project boundary.  Proposed activities include expanded mining operations, new mining operations, and exploratory drilling, development drilling, sampling, trenching and bulk sampling within the project boundary.

Interested parties may ask for Oregon State Director review of the decision or appeal the decision to the Office of Hearings and Appeals within 30 days of the Federal Register publication date, which was scheduled for May 4.   Compact disks containing the FEIS are available at the BLM Burns District Office.  The document is also available online at:

For further information about the FEIS or to have your name added to the project mailing list, contact the Celatom Mine Expansion project lead at 541-573-4400.

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