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Sloan Smith

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Sloan Smith is one of 92,125 beneficiaries of a 131-year-old federal mining law that gives away precious metals, minerals, and even the title to the land itself for less than $10 an acre. Sloan Smith has 1 active mining plans of operation encompassing 5 acres on file at the federal government, which is more land than over 99.5 percent of all other mine operators.

Headquarters

Box X
Parker, AZ 85344

Partners Include

Security Advisors, Westgate

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Overview of Ownership

 ClaimsPatentsMining Plans & Notices
Number0 0 1
Estimated Acreage0 0 5
States
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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.

Mining Plans & Notices on BLM Land

Sloan Smith is one of the 3,323 mine operators in the U.S. with mining plans and notices on BLM land listed as currently active in government records, operating under laws that allow mining interests to extract and sell precious metals and minerals previously held by the public. Sloan Smith may also operate mines on Forest Service lands, which are not contained in the LR2000 database that is the backbone of this website. Because the government often fails to promptly close out records for mines no longer active, active mining may be completed for some of the operations represented by plans and notices in this website. The government frequently fails to promptly close out records for plans and notices no longer active. But regardless of the status of mining operations on a particular site, filings of plans and notices are indicative of mining on the property - whether past, present, or planned. Mining operations led by Sloan Smith may well have left behind permanent pollution. In 2001 mines generated 45 percent of all pollution in EPA's Toxic Release Reporting system while accounting for just 0.36 percent of all industrial facilities.

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Plans and Notices on BLM land by State.

StateNumber of Plans and Notices on BLM landEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Arizona 151999
U.S. Total 151999

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.



Source: EWG analysis of Bureau of Land Management's Land and Mineral Records 2000 (LR2000) data system. For claims, acreages are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claims. For patents, acreages are taken directly from the LR2000 database where available, and are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claim that preceded the patent where acreages are not noted in LR2000. All notices are assumed to be five acres in size, and the size of plans are calculated directly as the size of the land represented by the legal land description in the LR2000 database. The acreages we estimate through these methods would tend to overestimate the actual amount. We welcome corrections here, and would welcome a federal data management system that included the acreages involved in these important federal land transactions.