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BLM Extends Deadline for Accepting Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting nominations for the 2010
Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards and has extended
the filing deadline to March 19, 2010.  These awards recognize solid
mineral (non-coal) development operations that embody the principles of
sustainable development or represent outstanding examples of reclamation
or environmental stewardship.

These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of
responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles
of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future
generations.  The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas
and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout
the nation.

“Sustainable development is the underpinning of this awards program,”
said BLM Director Bob Abbey.  “It meets the needs of the present
generation without compromising the ability of future generations to
meet their own needs.”

The awards fall under five categories – the Hardrock Mineral
Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and
Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the
Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award, and the “Fix A Shaft Today!” Award.

·  The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in
environmental stewardship.  This category recognizes achievements
demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or
exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal
oversight.
·  The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award
recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and
the economic benefits of mineral development.  This award recognizes
successful coordination of projects with local and regional
stakeholders.  Projects that contribute to quality of life or show
concern for a community’s long-term health are also eligible.
·  The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in
environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees.
Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award
recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to
successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation
requirements with minimal oversight.
·  The Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award is for outstanding achievement
in a particular area of sustainable development.  The award will
recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has
resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that
allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging
conditions or in critical environmental settings.
·  The “Fix A Shaft Today!”  (“FAST!”)  Award recognizes active
participation in the FAST!  Campaign, which is a partnership initiative
aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially
open mine shafts.

Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the
public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid
minerals industries for an award.  Nominations need not be limited to
operations on land managed by the BLM.   The deadline for submitting
nominations is extended until March 19, 2010.  Detailed information on
the nomination and selection processes, including the required format
for nominations, appears in the brochure titled Call for Nominations:
2010 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program.
Nominations are to be submitted to the BLM Alaska State Office
(Attention: John Hoppe, AK-932), 222 W. 7th Avenue, #13; Anchorage, AK
99513.  Get a copy of the call for nominations brochure by going to
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html or calling John Hoppe at 907-271-3218.

The BLM manages 253 million acres – more land than any other federal
agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is
primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in
Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers
700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity
of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as
outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy
production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other
resources on public lands.
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