Judge won't reconsider ruling on mining ban
FLAGSTAFF - A federal judge in Arizona is refusing to reconsider a ruling upholding the Interior Department's authority to ban new hard-rock mining claims on federal land.
U.S. District Judge David Campbell's ruling Thursday denies mining industry groups' request for reconsideration of his March 20 ruling.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a prohibition in 2012 on over a million acres near the Grand Canyon that are rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves.
Federal law gives the Interior Secretary the ability to withdraw 5,000 or more acres but not for longer than 20 years without congressional approval.
Mining groups are suing the federal government over the ban.
With Campbell standing by his March ruling, that allows claims on environmental and economic impacts to be heard.
BLM wants fewer turbines at Kingman-area wind farm
KINGMAN - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is favoring a scaled-back version of a wind farm in Mohave County.
BP Wind Energy North America had proposed building 283 wind turbines on BLM and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land that could produce up to 500 megawatts of electricity.
The BLM released a final environmental impact statement Friday for the project, about 40 miles northwest of Kingman. The agency's preferred alternative is to allow no more than 243 turbines and reduce the acreage on which the project will be built by 12 square miles.
BP Wind also would have to limit operations at certain times to protect golden eagles.
The public has 30 days to comment on the list of alternatives.
The project is one of several that is being fast-tracked by the Obama administration.
The Associated Press