BLM extends public input timeline for Arizona pozzolan mine

Due to high public interest, the Bureau of Land Management's Hassayampa Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz., has extended the comment period for the Kirkland Mining Co. pozzolan mine analysis through Aug. 25.

This first of two official public comment periods was originally set to expire in late July, but BLM Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas acknowledged that the department wants “to be responsive to the community, since we received feedback from people (who) desired more time to provide input.”

Pozzolans are minerals that form “cementitious” or adhering properties when dissolved and combined with water. They were mined by ancient Romans and have been utilized in combination with concrete mixtures in the United States since the early 20th century.

The planned pozzolan mine analysis will entail a draft environmental assessment for the Kirkland Mining Co.’s plan to develop a mine on approximately 76 acres in Yavapai County. BLM hosted an initial open house at the Skull Valley Community Center in mid-July to open the comment period, but now all input registered through Aug. 25 will be considered.

Constituents can access a map, presentation materials and more information at the BLM environmental assessment project website at Participants should be aware that their comments may be viewed publicly.

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