BLM Extends Award Dead­line

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorials -

The Bureau of Land Man­age­ment (BLM) ex­tended the dead­line for nom­i­na­tions for the 2015 Recla­ma­tion and Sus­tain­able Min­eral Devel­op­ment Awards to June 5.

Th­ese non-mon­e­tary awards high­light ex­am­ples of re­spon­si­ble min­eral re­source devel­op­ment that protects and re­stores the en­vi­ron­ment while meet­ing mod­ern needs for raw ma­te­ri­als. The awards pro­gram helps to pro­mote suc­cess­ful ideas and prac­tices.

“Sus­tain­able devel­op­ment is the underpinning of this awards pro­gram,” said BLM As­sis­tant Direc­tor for En­ergy, Min­er­als and Re­alty Man­age­ment Michael Nedd.

The Hardrock Min­eral En­vi­ron­men­tal Award rec­og­nizes ef­forts in en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

The Hardrock Min­eral Com­mu­nity Out­reach and Eco­nomic Se­cu­rity Award rec­og­nizes projects that show con­cern for com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the eco­nomic benefits of min­eral devel­op­ment. Projects that con­trib­ute to qual­ity of life or show con­cern for a com­mu­nity’s health are also el­i­gi­ble.

The Hardrock Min­eral Small Op­er­a­tor Award rec­og­nizes ef­forts in en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship of op­er­a­tors with fewer than 15 em­ploy­ees.

The Hardrock Min­eral Direc­tor’s Award is for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in a par­tic­u­lar area of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

The Fix A Shaft To­day! (“FAST!”) Award rec­og­nizes ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the FAST! Cam­paign, which is a part­ner­ship ini­tia­tive aimed at erad­i­cat­ing un­safe aban­doned mines, es­pe­cially open mine shafts.

Nom­i­na­tions are to be sub­mit­ted to the BLM State Of­fice (At­ten­tion: Solid Min­er­als) that has ju­ris­dic­tion in the State where the op­er­a­tion is lo­cated. Min­ing com­pa­nies, reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties, ge­ol­o­gists, and mem­bers of the public may nom­i­nate op­er­a­tors or or­ga­ni­za­tions in the non-coal solid min­er­als in­dus­tries. Nom­i­na­tions need not be limited to op­er­a­tions on land man­aged by the BLM. In­for­ma­tion on the awards and nom­i­na­tions, can be found at http://

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