The Bureau of Land Management is proposing a rule to stop mining claims from trumping solar and wind project permit proposals seeking the same public land. Under current law, subsequently filed mining claims halt the processing of earlier filed BLM right of way permits for renewable projects. \u201cWithout this, renewable projects are really at a disadvantage,\u201d Megan Crandall, BLM spokesperson, said. In an April 26 notice, the Bureau announced it seeks temporary authority to separate filings for rights-of-way applications for wind and solar developments from mining clams and other land appropriations. The rulemaking would be in effect for two years. In the last two years, \u201c437 new mining claims were located within wind energy right-of-way application areas\u201d in Arizona, California, and five other western states. Another 216 new mining claims were made within areas seeking permits for solar projects, according to the land management agency. While processing those mining permits, 653 alternative energy projects ground to a halt. Of those, mining claims halted the permitting of 16 solar and 10 wind projects in California, according to Crandall. The proposed rule only affects renewable project applications not yet filed with the federal agency.