PORTLAND - The Bureau of Land Management today is giving notice that it is increasing mining claim fees, which by law must be adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index. The increase affects mining claim location and maintenance fees for mining claims located on federal lands subject to the 1872 Mining Law.

The new rule incorporating the revised fees takes effect today and is listed on the Federal Register Web site. The direct link to the Web site is: www.archives.gov/federal_register/public_inspection/public_ins-pection_list.html#spec_L

The one-time location fee is now $30 for each new mining claim or site. The annual maintenance fee for each claim or site is now $125.

Copies of the rule are available from BLM State Offices and its Washington, D.C., Office. In addition, the complete text of the rule has been posted on the BLM's Internet Home Page (www.blm.gov). The text is also accessible on the Federal Register Web site (www.access.gpo.gov) and is available for public viewing at the Office of the Federal Register.

There are currently about 290,000 active mining claims on Federal land. The BLM collected $28 million in mining claim fees in Fiscal Year 2003.

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