BLM Seeks Public Comment on Plant Expansion

BLMThe Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comments on a proposed sodium bicarbonate plant expansion 37 miles southwest of Meeker. Natural Soda’s planned expansion of the Piceance Creek Basin processing facility would double its current 250,000 tons per-year production, and add 30 full-time employees over the next four years. The proposed plant expansion would involve 20 acres of surface disturbance, as well as drilling and construction of new recovery wells. The BLM concluded project scoping in December. The agency will now accept public comments for 14 days on a preliminary Environmental Assessment that evaluates the proposed expansion. The preliminary EA, which includes Natural Soda’s proposal and maps, and the draft Finding of No Significant Impact, are available on the BLM White River Field Office website. Public comments should be submitted by March 30th.  Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641. Comments can also be submitted via email to pdaggett@blm.gov.

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