Alton Coal seeks to lease right to mine coal on 3,581-acres of public and private land near Alton, Utah. The BLM made a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) available for public review from November 4, 2011 until January 27, 2012 in which approximately 177,000 comments were received.
The BLM has worked closely with other agencies through the entire process, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service. The BLM is committed to providing the best analysis possible, the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement will address issues raised to date including wetlands, air quality and provide increased protection measures for the Greater sage-grouse habitat. The BLM expects the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be available for public review and comment in early 2013. Public meetings on the SDEIS will be held in concert with the comment period.-