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BLM Receives Proposal for Mineral Exploration on Lands Withdrawn for NOAA near Fort Knox Mine

FAIRBANKS — The BLM has received a proposal from Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc. to conduct mineral assessment work near the Fort Knox gold mine on BLM-managed lands withdrawn for use by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA utilizes adjacent federal lands for its Fairbanks Satellite Operations Facility.

Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc.’s proposed work would include soil sampling, geologic mapping, and drilling. This activity would occur on land near the western boundary of the Fort Knox mine, located 26 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Approximately 25 acres of land would be temporarily disturbed and concurrently reclaimed.

Before accepting a formal application from Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc, the BLM is required to post notice of the proposal in the Federal Register. The Federal Register notice was published July 11, initiating a 45-day public comment period. The BLM invites the public to submit comments on the proposal on or before August 11, 2014. Following the public comment period, the BLM will determine whether Fairbanks Gold Mining may submit a formal application.

For more information or to submit comments, please contact the Acting Eastern Interior Field Office Manager at (907) 474-2263 or EasternInterior@blm.gov.

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