A Public Land Order has been issued that withdraws solar energy zone (SEZ) lands from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the general land laws, including the mining laws.
On June 27, 2013, a Public Land Order became effective that withdraws 303,900 acres of land within the SEZs from location of mining claims that could impede development of solar energy sites. The Public Land Order was published in the Federal Register on July 5, 2013. The lands had already been segregated from the mining laws under temporary measures (see December 17, 2012, Federal Register Notice). The Public Land Order extends the withdrawal for 20 years.
Under the Public Land Order, the public lands in SEZs have been withdrawn, subject to valid existing rights, from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the general land laws, including the mining laws, as follows:
Details on the analyses the BLM has conducted to support the withdrawal are provided in Section 188.8.131.52.4 of the Final Solar PEIS.