On Thursday, October 25th, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton announced that the Bureau of Land Management would revoke the strong 3809 environmental mining rule first published in November 2000, and replace it with much weaker regulations. On Tuesday, October 30th, 2001, the BLM published the new, weak rule in the Federal Register. In doing so, Secretary Norton ignored 97% of public comments, turning her back on Western communities and the environment.
Los impactos que se proyectan por la explotaci n de la mina son graves. La construcci n de la mina requerir la reubicaci n de aproximadamente 8.000 habitantes de una poblaci n de entre 14.000 a 16.000 personas y la desviaci n del cauce de un r o.
On November 21st, 2000, the Bureau of Land Management published updated surface mining regulations that govern hardrock mining, and its environmental impacts, on the publicly owned lands managed by BLM. At 12 AM on January 20th, 2001, hours before George W. Bush was inaugurated, the rule went into effect. Efforts by the Bush administration to obstruct last minute regulations did not block the mining rule.