Feds consider comments on E. Idaho phosphate mine


POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) _ Federal officials say they need more time to consider public comments following the release of an Environmental Impact Statement on plans by Monsanto Co. to open a new phosphate mine in eastern Idaho.
Officials with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management say they need to make sure their final decision complies with the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the Groundwater Protection Rule.
Monsanto Co. officials tell the Idaho State Journal that delays in opening the mine could harm the company financially and cost jobs.
Monsanto is seeking approval to open the Blackfoot Bridge Mine in the area because its current mine is expected to be depleted within a year and a half.
The impact statement was released in early March.

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