BLM Extends Award Deadline
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:// on.doi.gov/1GVrheA.