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The BLM is seeking public input about a proposed pumice mine in Inyo County
Credit: Randall Porter, BLM

Document released for 15-day comment period

June 9, 2021 - RIDGECREST, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management, Ridgecrest Field Office, is seeking public input on the environmental analysis for a proposed pumice mine in the Coso Mountains, south of Owens Lake.

Southwest Pumice, LLC, seeks authorization to mine up to 25 acres and 100,000 tons of pumice on BLM-managed public lands in Inyo County, Calif. The Makayla II mine proposal includes some previously mined areas. The environmental assessment analyzes impacts to resources including special areas, special status plant and animal species, and cultural concerns. 

Release of the environmental assessment begins a 15-day comment period. Substantive comments must be received by June 23, 2021. Members of the public may submit comments via ePlanning at https://go.usa.gov/x6BfK. or by fax at 760-384-5499.  For more information about the project or how to comment contact Randall Porter, Geologist, at rporter@blm.gov.
Source: BLM