[Federal Register: December 4, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 232)]
[Page 63764-63765]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Bureau of Land Management

[LLCAC09000 L16100000.DP0000]

Notice of Availability of Draft Resource Management Plan and 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Clear Creek Management 
Area, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Bureau 
of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan 
and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) for the Clear Creek 
Management Area (CCMA), and by this notice, announces the opening of 
the public comment period.

DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive 
written comments on the Draft RMP/EIS within 90 days following the date 
the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future 
meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities at 
least 15 days in advance through public notices, media news releases, 
and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments at the public meetings or by any of 
the following methods:
     Mail Address: BLM Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton 
Court, Hollister, California 95023.
     E-mail: cahormp@ca.blm.gov.
     Fax: (831) 630-5055.

The CCMA Draft RMP/EIS is available on-line at: http://www.ca.blm.gov/
hollister. Compact discs (CDs) of the CCMA Draft RMP/EIS are available 
at the Hollister Field Office at the above address; CD copies are also 
available at the BLM California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, 
Sacramento, California 95825.

Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, California 95023, (831) 630-5039.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The planning area covers approximately 
75,000 surface acres and approximately 3,500 acres of subsurface 
mineral estate in San Benito and Fresno counties, California. The CCMA 
RMP, when completed, will provide management guidance for use and 
protection of the resources managed by the Hollister Field Office. The 
CCMA Draft RMP/EIS has been developed through a collaborative planning 
process among local, State, and Federal agencies and considers seven 
alternatives. The primary issues addressed include public health and 
safety, recreation, protection of sensitive natural and cultural 
resources, livestock grazing, guidance for energy and mineral 
development, land tenure adjustments, and other planning issues raised 
during the scoping process.
    The Draft RMP/EIS also designates an Area of Critical Environmental 
Concern (ACEC). The preferred alternative would carry forward the 
designation of the existing 30,200-acre Clear Creek Serpentine ACEC to 
protect public health and safety and other resource values identified 
in the Draft RMP/EIS. Restrictions on the use of public lands within 
the Serpentine ACEC to minimize human health risks from exposure to 
asbestos and reduce airborne emissions of asbestos from BLM management 
activities vary among the range of alternatives, but are likely to 
include limitations on motorized vehicle use and many other surface 
disturbing activities.
    Please note that public comments and information submitted 
including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of respondents 
will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address 
during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, 
e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your 
personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we

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cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Dianna Brink,
Acting Deputy State Director for Natural Resources.
[FR Doc. E9-28867 Filed 12-3-09; 8:45 am]