blmThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding public scoping meetings to receive comments on the proposed Bagdad Mine Stockpile Extension Project. A proposal has been submitted to the BLM Kingman Field Office by Freeport-McMoRan Bagdad Inc. to modify their Mine Plan of Operations (MPO) at the Bagdad Mine, located in Yavapai County west of the unincorporated community of Bagdad, Arizona. The proposed modification would authorize the extension of an existing, consolidated leach and waste rock stockpile on the south side of the mine. The modification also contemplates the installation of limited, future distributed facilities south of the stockpile. In addition, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has submitted a proposed amendment to an existing right-of-way (ROW) for the construction of access roads to maintain a 115-kilovolt power line in the vicinity of the MPO modification area. The MPO modification and ROW amendment propose new surface disturbance to approximately 600 acres of public land managed by the BLM and approximately 90 acres of private land. Public scoping meetings will be held October 22 in Peach Springs, October 23 in Wikieup, October 28 in Bagdad, and October 29 in Prescott. The BLM is actively soliciting public comments on environmental issues, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in this analysis. Your comments will be most valuable if they are received no later than the end of the 30-day scoping period, November 4, 2014. Please mail your written comments to Bagdad Mine MPO Modification, 2755 Mission Boulevard, Kingman, AZ 86401, or fax to 928-718-3761. Electronic comments may be submitted to <blm_az_kfo_bagdad_mine@blm.gov>. For project information and updates, please visit the project website at http://bit.ly/bagdadMPO. If you have questions regarding this proposal, please contact Mr. Walter (Buzz) Todd, III, Project Manager, at (928) 718-3717 or by email at wtodd@blm.gov.

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