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Agency: Bureau of Land Management
In October 1999, the Council issued formal comments to the Secretary of
Interior asking that the plan of operations for the Imperial Mine project
in Imperial County, California, not be approved based on the project’s
serious and irreparable degradation of an area that is sacred and historic
to the Quechan Tribe.
Then, on January 17, 2001, Secretary Babbitt approved a Record of Decision (ROD) denying the requested permit. First among the reasons given for the denial, the Secretary noted that the project would cause unavoidable adverse impacts to an area with significant Native American values and historic properties.
The Council’s findings were cited in support of the Secretary’s decision. (Read the full text of the ROD in PDF)
In a related development, in October 2000, BLM issued a public land order withdrawing 9,360 acres in the Indian Pass area of Imperial County from filing of new mining claims and certain other uses in order to protect archeological and cultural resources considered sacred by the Quechan. The 20-year withdrawal does not apply to valid existing claims.
March 2000 report on this case
Staff contact: Alan Stanfill
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