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1793 (CO-130) January 6, 2009 Dear Reader: Thank you for your interest in the proposed Red Cliff Coal Mine project. Your review and comment on this Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), will enable those entities with decision-making responsibilities regarding this proposed project to better assure that the public interest is served. In addition to the BLM, these entities include, but are not limited to Mesa and Garfield Counties, Colorado Division of Reclamation and Mine Safety, Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining. If you wish to comment on this document, please make your comments as specific as possible. Comments will be more helpful if they include suggested changes, methodologies, and sources of information. Expressions of opinion without supporting data will not result in changes in the analysis. This is not a decision document; it is informational and analytical, designed to inform the public of the effects of the proposed project and alternatives. A public hearing and open house will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. MST, on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at the City of Fruita Council Chambers, 325 E. Aspen Avenue, Fruita, Colorado for the purposes of providing information about the proposed project and the environmental review process, hearing statements regarding the fair market value and maximum economic recovery of coal within the proposed Lease by Application area, and to receive comments on the DEIS. We are requesting that you complete your review of the DEIS and return your comments by March 17, 2009. In addition to providing comments at the public hearing and open house, you may also submit comments by any of the following methods: Web site: E-mail: Fax: Mail: www.blm.gov/rmp/co/redcliffmine/ RedCliffMineEIS@urscorp.com (303) 239-3808 Glenn Wallace, BLM, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215.

Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Comments and responses to comments will be published as part of the Final EIS. I appreciate your participation and interest and look forward to your continuing involvement. Sincerely,

Catherine Robertson Field Manager

1792 (CO-130) January 7, 2009 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Federal Activities, EIS Filing Section Ariel Rios Building (South Oval Lobby), Room 7220 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 Gentlepeople: Enclosed is one complete printed copy of the Red Cliff Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) including appendices, four additional printed copies of the DEIS, and four copies of the appendices on compact disks, for filing and publication in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009. This DEIS follows the recommended format in 40 CFR 1502.10. We are requesting that you compute and include the date by which comments must be received based on a 60 day comment period. You will find the list of preparers in chapter 6, and the list of agencies, organizations and persons to whom copies of the statement are being sent in section 5.3. The proposed action that prompts this DEIS would occur in Mesa and Garfield Counties, Colorado. Distribution of the DEIS has commenced and all copies should be received by the recipients on or before January 16, 2009. Please note that Larry Svoboda, NEPA Program Chief for EPA Region 8 is receiving copies of the DEIS. The person responsible for the content and distribution of this DEIS is: Glenn Wallace, Project Manager (303) 239-3736 office (303) 913-9476 cell (303) 239-3808 fax E-mail – glenn_wallace@blm.gov The Department of the Interior has assigned control number DES 08-35 to this DEIS. Sincerely,

Catherine Robertson Field Manager Enclosures C Mr. Larry Svoboda, NEPA Program Chief EPA Region 8 (8EPR-N) 1595 Wynkoop Street Denver, CO 80202-1129 [2-hardcopies and 1cd]

Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Proposed Red Cliff Mine Project and Federal Coal Lease by Application
Draft (X) Lead Agency: Final ( ) United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. Cooperating agencies include: Office of Surface Mining; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Colorado Department of Natural Resources - Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety and Division of Wildlife; Mesa and Garfield Counties. Administrative (X) Legislative ( )

Type of Action:

Abstract: The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzes the development of off‐lease surface  facilities (right‐of‐way application COC 69290) for coal mining associated with the proposed  underground Red Cliff Coal Mine proposed by CAM‐Colorado, LLC.  Surface facilities to be constructed  include roads, a water pipeline, electric transmission line, conveyers, coal stockpile and waste disposal  areas, a coal preparation plant, the mine portal, other administrative and operations facilities, and a  railroad spur line that would connect to the existing Union Pacific Railroad line near Mack, Colorado.   The EIS also considers the effects of extracting coal from CAM’s existing Federal coal leases defined as  logical mining unit COC‐57198, issuance of an adjoining Federal coal lease by application (LBA) COC‐ 070538, and possible future Federal leases for the estimated thirty year mine life.  All proposed project  features are located in Mesa and Garfield Counties, Colorado. 
Date Comments Must Be Received:  The BLM will accept written comments on this Draft EIS that are  received or postmarked within 60 calendar days following publication of the Notice of Availability by the  Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register.  The close of the comment period will be  announced on the web site www.blm.gov/rmp/co/redcliffmine/  , or by contacting the BLM at the  address or telephone number below.  Please see the Dear Reader letter behind the front cover of this  document for important information on how to comment.  Additional information on how to comment,  where to review documents, how to obtain additional information, and the time and location of public  meetings can be found on the website, or by contacting the BLM.  For Further Information Contact:                      Glenn Wallace   Bureau of Land Management  Colorado State Office (CO‐931)  2850 Youngfield Street, CO 80215  Telephone (303) 239‐3736   

Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Proposed Red Cliff Mine Project and Federal Coal Lease by Application
Draft (X) Lead Agency: Final ( ) United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. Cooperating agencies include: Office of Surface Mining; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Colorado Department of Natural Resources - Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety and Division of Wildlife; Mesa and Garfield Counties. Administrative (X) Legislative ( )

Type of Action:

Abstract: The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzes the development of off-lease surface
facilities (right-of-way application COC 69290) for coal mining associated with the proposed underground Red Cliff Coal Mine proposed by CAM-Colorado, LLC. Surface facilities to be constructed include roads, a water pipeline, electric transmission line, conveyers, coal stockpile and waste disposal areas, a coal preparation plant, the mine portal, other administrative and operations facilities, and a railroad spur line that would connect to the existing Union Pacific Railroad line near Mack, Colorado. The EIS also considers the effects of extracting coal from CAM’s existing Federal coal leases defined as logical mining unit COC-57198, issuance of an adjoining Federal coal lease by application (LBA) COC070538, and possible future Federal leases for the estimated thirty year mine life. All proposed project features are located in Mesa and Garfield Counties, Colorado. Date Comments Must Be Received: The BLM will accept written comments on this Draft EIS that are received or postmarked within 60 calendar days following publication of the Notice of Availability by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register. The close of the comment period will be announced on the web site www.blm.gov/rmp/co/redcliffmine/ , or by contacting the BLM at the address or telephone number below. Please see the Dear Reader letter behind the front cover of this document for important information on how to comment. Additional information on how to comment, where to review documents, how to obtain additional information, and the time and location of public meetings can be found on the website, or by contacting the BLM. For Further Information Contact: Glenn Wallace Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office (CO-931) 2850 Youngfield Street, CO 80215 Telephone (303) 239-3736