Bayer Caldwell Canyon Mine

Greater sage grouse, credit USFWS|Example – Smoky Canyon haul road across ridges with deep cut Fall, 2016|||| Greater sage grouse, credit USFWS|Example – Smoky Canyon haul road across ridges with deep cut Fall, 2016|||| |||||

In January 2019, Y2U submitted comments on the joint prepared (Bureau of Land Management and Caribou-Targhee National Forest) Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Bayer proposed open pit phosphate mine in southeast Idaho. The expansion of the mine is in a regionally signifcant wildlife corridor and would negatively impact wildlife habitat. What is of principle concern is a land swap of public and private land. The swap would include giving to the mining company land with sage grouse leks.

The DEIS also fails to take into account impacts of logging and vegetation removal on climate change, bad air quality, mining related seismic activity, ground and surface water, noise, and hunting and fishing opportunities. Furthermore, the area around the mine is already deemed a Superfund Site subject to Natural Resource Damages from past and/or ongoing mining pollution.

The comment period is insufficient and prevents small organizations like Y2U from providing thorough analysis of the cumulative effects the Caldwell Canyon mine would have. The shortened time periods are the result of the Trump administration's natural resource development platform that seeks to push through large extractive projects in shorter amounts of time to prevent adequate feedback on impacts and proposed mitigation. Y2U will continue to monitor the situation and work with public lands agencies to suggest further analysis and mitigation efforts to minimize the impact on habitat, fish, and wildlife.

See attachment below for full comments.