Notice of Temporary Closure and Temporary Restrictions of Specific Uses on Public Lands for the Burning Man Event, Pershing County, NV, 34345-34349 [2014-13997]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 115 / Monday, June 16, 2014 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES to effect recovery actions for the Morro shoulderband snail. Since the property is privately owned, there are ongoing economic considerations associated with continued ownership absent its intended use upon purchase, the primary of which is payment of associated taxes. The sale of this property for other than the currently zoned and identified purpose is not considered biologically meaningful or economically feasible. Because of economic considerations and because the proposed action results in a net benefit for the Morro shoulderband snail, the No Action Alternative has been rejected. The ‘‘Project Redesign’’ alternative would involve design of a project that would further reduce or avoid altogether take of Morro shoulderband snail. Construction permit PMT2009–01239 was issued to the former property owners in 2010. At that original time, take of the Morro shoulderband snail was not considered likely to result from project implementation. In accordance with the conditions of the construction permit, the building foundation and septic system for the single-family residence were completed in 2011. Because of the presence of the existing infrastructure, it is economically unfeasible to change the scope of the Lewis-Barnes project. For this reason, the project redesign alternative is also rejected. Our Preliminary Determination We are requesting comments on our preliminary determination that the applicants’ proposal will have a minor or negligible effect on the Morro shoulderband snail, and that the plan qualifies for a low-effect HCP as defined by our Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook (November 1996). Three criteria form the basis for our determination: (1) Implementation of the proposed project as described in the HCP would result in minor or negligible effects on federally listed, proposed, and/or candidate species and their habitats; (2) implementation of the HCP would result in minor negligible effects on other environmental values or resources; and (3) HCP impacts, considered together with those of other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future projects, would not result in cumulatively significant effects. It is our preliminary determination that HCP approval and ITP issuance qualify for categorical exclusion under the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as provided by the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2 Appendix 2 and 516 DM 8); however, we may revise our VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:36 Jun 13, 2014 Jkt 232001 determination based upon review of public comments received in response to this notice. Next Steps Public Review We are requesting comments on our determination that the applicants’ proposal will have a minor or negligible effect on the Morro shoulderband snail, and that the plan qualifies as a loweffect HCP. We will evaluate the permit application, including the HCP and comments we receive, to make a final determination regarding whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will use the results of our intra-Service consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether to issue the ITP. If the requirements are met, we will issue the permit to the applicants to authorize incidental take of the Morro shoulderband snail. We will make the final permit decision no sooner than 30 days after the date of this notice. Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit applications, HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods provided in ADDRESSES. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email 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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the Act and the NEPA public involvement regulations (40 CFR 1500.1(b), 1500.2(d), and 1506.6). Frm 00072 Dated: June 10, 2014. Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2014–13969 Filed 6–13–14; 8:45 am] We will evaluate the permit application, including the HCP and comments we receive, to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the ITP would comply with section 7(a)(2) of the Act by conducting an intra-Service Section 7 consultation. PO 00000 34345 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW03000.L51050000.EA0000. LVRCF1402960 241A; MO #4500063844] Notice of Temporary Closure and Temporary Restrictions of Specific Uses on Public Lands for the Burning Man Event, Pershing County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, will implement a temporary closure and temporary restrictions to protect public safety and resources on public lands within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa. DATES: The temporary closure and temporary restrictions will be in effect from August 4, 2014 to September 15, 2014. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Seidlitz, BLM District Manager, Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445–2921, telephone: 775–623–1500, email: gseidlitz@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The temporary closure and temporary restrictions affect public lands within and adjacent to the Burning Man event permitted on the Black Rock Desert playa within the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in Pershing County, Nevada. The legal description of the affected public lands in the temporary public closure area is: Mount Diablo Meridian T. 33 N., R. 24 E., unsurveyed, E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 34346 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 115 / Monday, June 16, 2014 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Sec. 1, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road; Sec. 2, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road; Sec. 3; Sec. 4, that portion lying southeasterly of Washoe County Road 34; Sec. 5; Sec. 8, NE1⁄4; Sec. 9, N1⁄2; Sec. 10, N1⁄2; Sec. 11, that portion of the N1⁄2 lying northwesterly of East Playa Road. T. 331⁄2 N., R. 24 E., unsurveyed, Secs. 25, 26, and 27; Sec. 28, that portion lying easterly of Washoe County Road 34; Sec. 33, that portion lying easterly of Washoe County Road 34; Secs. 34, 35, and 36. T. 34 N., R. 24 E., partly unsurveyed, Sec. 23, S1⁄2; Sec. 24, S1⁄2; Secs. 25 and 26; Sec. 27, E1⁄2NE1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, SE1⁄4; Sec. 33, NE1⁄4NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, that portion of the SW1⁄4 lying northeasterly of Washoe County Road 34, SE1⁄4; Secs. 34, 35, and 36. T. 33 N., R. 25 E., Sec. 4, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road. T. 34 N., R. 25 E., unsurveyed, Sec. 16, S1⁄2; Sec. 21; Sec. 22, W1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4; Sec. 27, W1⁄2; Sec. 28; Sec. 33, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road; Sec. 34, that portion of the W1⁄2 lying northwesterly of East Playa Road. The temporary closure area comprises 14,153 acres, more or less, in Pershing County, Nevada. The public closure is necessary for the period of time from August 4, 2014, through September 15, 2014, because of the Burning Man event activities in the area, starting with fencing the site perimeter, final setup, the actual event (August 24 through September 1), initial phases of cleanup, and concluding with final site cleanup. The public closure area comprises about 13 percent of the Black Rock Desert playa. Public access to other areas of the playa will remain open and the other 87 percent of the playa outside the temporary closure area will remain open to dispersed casual use. The event area is contained within the temporary closure area. The event area is defined as the portion of the temporary closure area (1) entirely contained within the event perimeter fence, including 50 feet from the outside of the event perimeter fence; and (2) within 25 feet from the outside edge of the event access road; and includes the entirety of the aircraft parking area outside the event perimeter fence. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:36 Jun 13, 2014 Jkt 232001 The temporary closure and temporary restrictions are necessary to provide a safe environment for the participants of the Burning Man event and to members of the public visiting the Black Rock Desert, and to protect public land resources by addressing law enforcement and public safety concerns associated with the event. The event is expected to attract approximately 68,000 paid participants to a remote rural area, more than 90 miles from urban infrastructure and support, including public safety, transportation, and communication services. During the event, Black Rock City, the temporary city associated with the event, becomes the tenth-largest population area in Nevada. This event is authorized on public land under Special Recreation Permit #NVW03500–14–01. While a majority of Burning Man event participants do not violate event rules or BLM rules and regulations, a few participants at previous events have caused law enforcement and public safety incidents similar to those observed in urban areas of similar-size populations. Incidents in prior years include: Aircraft crashes; motor vehicle accidents with injuries both within and outside the event perimeter; fights; sexual assault; assault on law enforcement officers; reckless or threatening behavior; crimes against property; crowd control issues; possession and unlawful use of alcoholic beverages; endangerment of themselves or others; possession, use, and distribution of controlled substances; and increased use of public lands outside the event perimeter. The Burning Man event takes place within Pershing County, a rural county with a small population and a small Sheriff’s Department. The temporary closure and temporary restrictions are necessary to enable BLM law enforcement personnel to provide for public safety and to protect the environment on public lands, as well as to support State and local agencies with enforcement of existing laws. Use of the Black Rock playa by up to 68,000 paid participants creates potential impacts to public resources associated with disposal of wastes and litter. Implementation of the temporary restrictions will increase interaction with and education of users by BLM law enforcement and educational staff which will indirectly increase appreciation and protection of the public resources. A temporary closure and temporary restrictions order, under the authority of 43 CFR 8364.1, is appropriate for a single event. A temporary closure and temporary restrictions order is PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 specifically tailored to the timeframe that is necessary to provide a safe environment for the public and for participants at the Burning Man event, and to protect public land resources while avoiding imposing restrictions that may not be necessary in the area during the remainder of the year. The BLM will post information signs and maps about the temporary closure and temporary restrictions at main entry points around the playa, at the BLM Winnemucca District Office, at the Nevada State Office, and at the Black Rock Visitor Center and on the BLM’s Web site: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ wfo.html. Under the authority of Section 303(a) of FLPMA, 43 CFR 8360.0–7, and 43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM will enforce a temporary public closure and the following temporary restrictions will apply within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa from August 4, 2014 through September 15, 2014: I. Temporary Restrictions A. Aircraft Landing The public closure area is closed to aircraft landing, taking off, and taxiing. Aircraft is defined in Title 18, U.S.C., section 31(a)(1) and includes lighterthan-air craft and ultra-light craft. The following exceptions apply: 1. All aircraft operations, including ultra-light and helicopter landings and takeoffs will occur at the designated 88NV Black Rock City Airport landing strips and areas defined by airport management. All takeoffs and landings will occur only during the hours of operation of the airport as described in the Burning Man Operating Plan. All pilots that use the Black Rock City Airport must agree to and abide by the published airport rules and regulations. 2. Only helicopters providing emergency medical services may land at the designated Emergency Medical Services helicopter pad or at other locations when required for medical incidents. The BLM authorized officer or his delegated representative may approve other helicopter landings and takeoffs when deemed necessary for the benefit of the law enforcement operation. 3. Landings or takeoffs of lighter-thanair craft previously approved by the BLM authorized officer. B. Alcohol 1. Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage by the driver or operator of any motorized vehicle, whether or not the vehicle is in motion, is prohibited. E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 115 / Monday, June 16, 2014 / Notices 2. Possession of alcohol by minors (a) The following are prohibited: (1) Consumption or possession of any alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age on public lands. (2) Selling, offering to sell, or otherwise furnishing or supplying any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years of age on public lands. 3. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence (a) Title 43 CFR 8341.1(f)3 prohibits the operation of an off-road motor vehicle on public land while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs. (b) In addition to the prohibition found at 43 CFR8341.1(f)3, it is prohibited for any person to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while: (1) The operator is under the combined influence of alcohol, a drug, or drugs to a degree that renders the operator incapable of safe operation of that vehicle; or (2) The alcohol concentration in the operator’s blood or breath is 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. (3) It is unlawful for any person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or on premises to which the public has access with an amount of a prohibited substance in his or her urine or blood that is equal to or greater than the following nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml): (a) Amphetamine: urine, 500 ng/ml; blood, 100 ng/ml (b) Cocaine: urine, 150 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml (c) Cocaine metabolite: urine,150 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml (d) Heroin: urine, 2,000 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml (e) Heroin metabolite: (1) Morphine: urine, 2,000 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml (2) 6-monoacetyl morphine: urine, 10 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml (f) Lysergic acid diethylamide: urine, 25 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml (g) Marijuana: urine,10 ng/ml; blood, 2 ng/ml (h) Marijuana metabolite: urine, 15 ng/ ml; blood, 5 ng/ml (i) Methamphetamine: urine, 500 ng/ml; blood,100 ng/ml (j) Phencyclidine: urine, 25 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml (c) Tests: (1) At the request or direction of any law enforcement officer authorized by the Department of the Interior to enforce this closure and restriction order, who has probable cause to believe that an VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:36 Jun 13, 2014 Jkt 232001 operator of a motor vehicle has violated a provision of paragraph (a) or (b) of this section, the operator shall submit to one or more tests of the blood, breath, saliva, or urine for the purpose of determining blood alcohol and drug content. (2) Refusal by an operator to submit to a test is prohibited and proof of refusal may be admissible in any related judicial proceeding. (3) Any test or tests for the presence of alcohol and drugs shall be determined by and administered at the direction of an authorized law enforcement officer. (4) Any test shall be conducted by using accepted scientific methods and equipment of proven accuracy and reliability operated by personnel certified in its use. (d) Presumptive levels (1) The results of chemical or other quantitative tests are intended to supplement the elements of probable cause used as the basis for the arrest of an operator charged with a violation of paragraph (a) of this section. If the alcohol concentration in the operator’s blood or breath at the time of testing is less than alcohol concentrations specified in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, this fact does not give rise to any presumption that the operator is or is not under the influence of alcohol. (2) The provisions of paragraph (d)(1) of this section are not intended to limit the introduction of any other competent evidence bearing upon the question of whether the operator, at the time of the alleged violation, was under the influence of alcohol, a drug or multiple drugs, or any combination thereof. 4. Definitions: (a) Open container: Any bottle, can, or other container which contains an alcoholic beverage, if that container does not have a closed top or lid for which the seal has not been broken. If the container has been opened one or more times, and the lid or top has been replaced, that container is an open container. (b) Possession of an open container includes any open container that is physically possessed by the driver or operator, or is adjacent to and reachable by that driver or operator. This includes but is not limited to containers in a cup holder or rack adjacent to the driver or operator, containers on a vehicle floor next to the driver or operator, and containers on a seat or console area next to a driver or operator. C. Drug Paraphernalia 1. The possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited. 2. Definition: Drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products and PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34347 materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of any state or Federal law, or regulation issued pursuant to law. D. Disorderly Conduct 1. Disorderly conduct is prohibited. 2. Definition: Disorderly conduct means that an individual, with the intent of recklessly causing public alarm, nuisance, jeopardy, or violence; or recklessly creating a risk thereof: (a) Engages in fighting or violent behavior. (b) Uses language, an utterance or gesture, or engages in a display or act that is physically threatening or menacing, or done in a manner that is likely to inflict injury or incite an immediate breach of the peace. (c) Obstructs, resists, or attempts to elude a law enforcement officer, or fails to follow their orders or directions. E. Eviction of Persons 1. The public closure area is closed to any person who: (a) Has been evicted from the event by the permit holder, Black Rock City LLC, (BRC LLC) whether or not the eviction was requested by the BLM. (b) Has been ordered by a law enforcement officer to leave the area of the permitted event. 2. Any person evicted from the event forfeits all privileges to be present within the perimeter fence or anywhere else within the public closure area even if they possess a ticket to attend the event. F. Fires The ignition of fires on the surface of the Black Rock playa without a burn blanket or burn pan is prohibited. G. Fireworks The use, sale or possession of personal fireworks is prohibited except for uses of fireworks approved by BRC LLC and used as part of a Burning Man sanctioned art burn event. H. Motor Vehicles 1. Must comply with the following requirements: (a) The operator of a motor vehicle must possess a valid driver’s license. (b) Motor vehicles and trailers must possess evidence of valid registration, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 34348 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 115 / Monday, June 16, 2014 / Notices used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration. (c) Motor vehicles and trailers must possess evidence of valid insurance, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration. (d) Motor vehicles and trailers must not block a street used for vehicular travel or a pedestrian pathway. (e) Motor vehicles must not exceed the posted speed limit. (f) No person shall occupy a trailer while the motor vehicle is in transit upon a roadway, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration. (g) Motor vehicles, other than a motorcycle or golf cart, must be equipped with at least two working headlamps, at least two functioning tail lamps and at least two functioning brake lights, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration, so long as they are adequately lit according to Black Rock City, LLC Department of Mutant Vehicle requirements. (h) Trailers pulled by motor vehicles must be equipped with at least two functioning tail lamps and at least two functioning brake lights. (i) Motor vehicles and trailers must display an unobstructed rear license plate and must be equipped with a mounted lamp to illuminate the rear license plate, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration. 2. The public closure area is closed to motor vehicle use, except as provided below. Motor vehicles may be operated within the public closure area under the circumstances listed below: (a) Participant arrival and departure on designated routes; VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:36 Jun 13, 2014 Jkt 232001 (b) BLM, medical, law enforcement, and firefighting vehicles are authorized at all times; (c) Vehicles operated by BRC LLC staff or contractors and service providers on behalf of BRC LLC. During the event, from 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014, through 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014, these vehicles must display evidence of event registration at all times in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion; (d) Mutant vehicles, art cars, vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration. During the event, from 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014, through 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014, such vehicles must display evidence of registration at all times in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion; (e) Motorized skateboards, electric assist bicycles, or Go-Peds with or without handlebars; (f) Participant drop off of approved burnables and wood to the Burn Garden/Wood Reclamation Stations (located on open playa at 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 Promenades and the Man base) from 9:00 a.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014 through the end of day Tuesday, September 2, 2014, post event; and (g) Passage through, without stopping, the public closure area on the west or east playa roads. 3. Definitions: (a) A motor vehicle is any device designed for and capable of travel over land and which is self-propelled by a motor, but does not include any vehicle operated on rails or any motorized wheelchair. (b) Motorized wheelchair means a self-propelled wheeled device, designed solely for and used by a mobilityimpaired person for locomotion. (c) A trailer is any instrument designed to be hauled by a motor vehicle. I. Public Camping The public closure area is closed to public camping with the following exception: Burning Man event ticket holders who are camped in designated event areas provided by BRC LLC, and ticket holders who are camped in the authorized pilot camp. BRC LLC authorized staff, contractors, and BLM authorized event management related camps are exempt from this closure. PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 J. Public Use The public closure area is closed to use by members of the public unless that person: Is traveling through, without stopping, the public closure area on the west or east playa roads; possesses a valid ticket to attend the event; is an employee or authorized volunteer with the BLM, a law enforcement officer, emergency medical service provider, fire protection provider, or another public agency employee working at the event and that individual is assigned to the event; is a person working at or attending the event on behalf of BRC LLC; or is authorized by BRC LLC to be onsite prior to the commencement of the event for the primary purpose of constructing, creating, designing or installing art, displays, buildings, facilities or other items and structures in connection with the event; or is a commercial operation to provide services to the event organizers and/or participants authorized by BRC LLC through a contract or agreement and authorized by BLM through a Special Recreation Permit. K. Waste Water Discharge The dumping or discharge to the ground of gray water is prohibited. Gray water is water that has been used for cooking, washing, dishwashing, or bathing and contains soap, detergent, food scraps, or food residue. L. Weapons 1. The possession of any weapon is prohibited except weapons within motor vehicles passing, without stopping, through the public closure area on the west or east playa roads. 2. The discharge of any weapon is prohibited. 3. The prohibitions above shall not apply to county, state, tribal, and Federal law enforcement personnel who are working in their official capacity at the event. ‘‘Art projects’’ that include weapons and are sanctioned by BRC LLC will be permitted after obtaining authorization from the BLM authorized officer. 4. Definitions: (a) Weapon means a firearm, compressed gas or spring powered pistol or rifle, bow and arrow, cross bow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown spear, sling shot, irritant gas device, electric stunning or immobilization device, explosive device, any implement designed to expel a projectile, switch-blade knife, any blade which is greater than 10 inches in length from the tip of the blade to the edge of the hilt or finger guard nearest E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 115 / Monday, June 16, 2014 / Notices the blade (e.g., swords, dirks, daggers, machetes), or any other weapon the possession of which is prohibited by state law. Exception: This rule does not apply in a kitchen or cooking environment or where an event worker is wearing or utilizing a construction knife for their duties at the event. (b) Firearm means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, or other device which is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the ignition of a propellant. (c) Discharge means the expelling of a projectile from a weapon. Any person who violates the above rules and restrictions may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000, imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for at 18 U.S.C. 3571. Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1 Gene Seidlitz, District Manager, Winnemucca District. [FR Doc. 2014–13997 Filed 6–13–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [MAA104000] Request for Information and Comments on the Preparation of the 2017–2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. ACTION: Request for Information and Comments. AGENCY: Section 18 of the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) requires the Department of the Interior (DOI) to invite and solicit information from interested and affected parties during the preparation of a Five Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program (Five Year Program). The current Five Year Program became effective on August 27, 2012, and will expire on August 26, 2017 (2012–2017 Program). BOEM intends to prepare a new Five Year Program to succeed the current one and cover the period from July 2017 to June 2022 (2017–2022 Program). Section 18 of the OCS Lands Act requires the completion of a multi-step process of public consultation and analysis before the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) may approve a new Five Year Program. The process required by section 18 of the OCS Lands Act includes the following steps: (1) emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:36 Jun 13, 2014 Jkt 232001 Issuance of a Request for Information and Comments (RFI); (2) development of a Draft Proposed Program (DPP), a Proposed Program (PP), and a Proposed Final Program (PFP); and (3) Secretarial approval of a Final Program. During the development of the new Five Year Program, BOEM will prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., in order to inform program decisions. The public will have opportunities to comment on the DPP, the Draft PEIS, and the PP. DATES: BOEM must receive all comments and information by July 31, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Kelly Hammerle, Five Year Program Manager, at (703) 787–1613. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BOEM requests information and comments from States, local and tribal governments, Native American and Native Alaskan organizations, Federal agencies, environmental and fish and wildlife organizations, the oil and gas industry, non-energy industries, other interested organizations and entities, and the general public, for use in the preparation of the 2017–2022 Program. BOEM is seeking a wide array of information including, but not limited to, information associated with the economic, social, and environmental values of all OCS resources, as well as the potential impact of oil and gas exploration and development on other resource values of the OCS and the marine, coastal and human environments. The Five Year Program sets forth the proposed schedule of lease sales for the subsequent five-year period, and enables the Federal Government, States, industry, and other interested parties to begin planning for the later steps in the leasing process. The Secretary decides whether to proceed with a specific lease sale on the schedule included in an approved Five Year Program only after meeting all the requirements of the OCS Lands Act, NEPA, and other applicable statutes. The preparation and subsequent approval of a new Five Year Program is a key aspect for the implementation of President Barack Obama’s all-of-theabove energy strategy. The strategy includes expanding the safe and responsible production of U.S. domestic oil and gas supplies, both offshore and onshore, and seeking out regulatory and oversight efficiencies, so as to create a more efficient and predictable oil and gas leasing environment for government, industry and other stakeholders. PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34349 The OCS is a significant contributor of oil and gas to the Nation’s energy supply. As of May 2014, BOEM administered over 6,200 active oil and gas leases covering nearly 34 million OCS acres. Production from these leases generates billions of dollars in revenue for the Federal Treasury and State governments while supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. In 2013, oil and gas leases on the OCS accounted for approximately 18 percent of domestic oil production and 5 percent of domestic natural gas production. The offshore areas of the United States also are estimated to contain significant quantities of resources in yet-to-bediscovered fields. BOEM estimates that the undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in the United States’ OCS consist of 89.93 billion barrels of oil and 404.52 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. BOEM currently is implementing the 2012–2017 Program, which makes available for oil and gas leasing, subject to environmental safeguards, OCS areas with the greatest resource potential. Together, these areas contain more than 75 percent of the undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources estimated to exist in the United States OCS. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) BOEM has held five lease sales in the GOM since the approval of the 2012– 2017 Program, including annual sales in the Central and Western GOM and a single sale in the portion of the Eastern GOM not subject to the Congressional moratorium and made available for leasing by Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). These sales have generated over $2.295 billion in high bids. Lease Sale 229 in the Western GOM was held on November 28, 2012. In this sale, 13 companies submitted 131 bids totaling over $133 million in high bids. Lease Sale 227 in the Central GOM was held on March 20, 2013. The sale generated over $1.2 billion in high bids for 320 blocks by 52 companies. Lease Sale 233 in the Western GOM was held on August 28, 2013. The sale generated over $102 million in high bids for 53 blocks by 12 companies. Lease Sales 225 in the Eastern GOM and Sale 231 in the Central GOM were held on March 19, 2014. No bids were received for Sale 225. Lease Sale 231 garnered over $870 million in high bids on 326 lease blocks by 42 companies. BOEM is also moving forward in the prelease sale process for the remaining sales scheduled in the current Program, which includes annual lease sales in the Central and Western GOM and an E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVW03000.L51050000.EA0000. LVRCF1402960 241A; MO 
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Notice of Temporary Closure and Temporary Restrictions of 
Specific Uses on Public Lands for the Burning Man Event, Pershing 
County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that under the authority of the Federal 
Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau 
of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, 
will implement a temporary closure and temporary restrictions to 
protect public safety and resources on public lands within and adjacent 
to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa.

DATES: The temporary closure and temporary restrictions will be in 
effect from August 4, 2014 to September 15, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Seidlitz, BLM District Manager, 
Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445-
2921, telephone: 775-623-1500, email: gseidlitz@blm.gov. Persons who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above 
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours 
a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above 
individual. You will receive a reply during normal hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The temporary closure and temporary 
restrictions affect public lands within and adjacent to the Burning Man 
event permitted on the Black Rock Desert playa within the Black Rock 
Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in 
Pershing County, Nevada. The legal description of the affected public 
lands in the temporary public closure area is:

Mount Diablo Meridian

T. 33 N., R. 24 E., unsurveyed,

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    Sec. 1, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road;
    Sec. 2, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road;
    Sec. 3;
    Sec. 4, that portion lying southeasterly of Washoe County Road 
34;
    Sec. 5;
    Sec. 8, NE\1/4\;
    Sec. 9, N\1/2\;
    Sec. 10, N\1/2\;
    Sec. 11, that portion of the N\1/2\ lying northwesterly of East 
Playa Road.
T. 33\1/2\ N., R. 24 E., unsurveyed,
    Secs. 25, 26, and 27;
    Sec. 28, that portion lying easterly of Washoe County Road 34;
    Sec. 33, that portion lying easterly of Washoe County Road 34;
    Secs. 34, 35, and 36.
T. 34 N., R. 24 E., partly unsurveyed,
    Sec. 23, S\1/2\;
    Sec. 24, S\1/2\;
    Secs. 25 and 26;
    Sec. 27, E\1/2\NE\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/4\, SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 33, NE\1/4\NE\1/4\, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, that portion of the 
SW\1/4\ lying northeasterly of Washoe County Road 34, SE\1/4\;
    Secs. 34, 35, and 36.
T. 33 N., R. 25 E.,
    Sec. 4, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road.
T. 34 N., R. 25 E., unsurveyed,
    Sec. 16, S\1/2\;
    Sec. 21;
    Sec. 22, W\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 27, W\1/2\;
    Sec. 28;
    Sec. 33, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road;
    Sec. 34, that portion of the W\1/2\ lying northwesterly of East 
Playa Road.

    The temporary closure area comprises 14,153 acres, more or less, 
in Pershing County, Nevada.

    The public closure is necessary for the period of time from August 
4, 2014, through September 15, 2014, because of the Burning Man event 
activities in the area, starting with fencing the site perimeter, final 
setup, the actual event (August 24 through September 1), initial phases 
of cleanup, and concluding with final site cleanup.
    The public closure area comprises about 13 percent of the Black 
Rock Desert playa. Public access to other areas of the playa will 
remain open and the other 87 percent of the playa outside the temporary 
closure area will remain open to dispersed casual use.
    The event area is contained within the temporary closure area. The 
event area is defined as the portion of the temporary closure area (1) 
entirely contained within the event perimeter fence, including 50 feet 
from the outside of the event perimeter fence; and (2) within 25 feet 
from the outside edge of the event access road; and includes the 
entirety of the aircraft parking area outside the event perimeter 
fence.
    The temporary closure and temporary restrictions are necessary to 
provide a safe environment for the participants of the Burning Man 
event and to members of the public visiting the Black Rock Desert, and 
to protect public land resources by addressing law enforcement and 
public safety concerns associated with the event. The event is expected 
to attract approximately 68,000 paid participants to a remote rural 
area, more than 90 miles from urban infrastructure and support, 
including public safety, transportation, and communication services. 
During the event, Black Rock City, the temporary city associated with 
the event, becomes the tenth-largest population area in Nevada. This 
event is authorized on public land under Special Recreation Permit 
NVW03500-14-01.
    While a majority of Burning Man event participants do not violate 
event rules or BLM rules and regulations, a few participants at 
previous events have caused law enforcement and public safety incidents 
similar to those observed in urban areas of similar-size populations. 
Incidents in prior years include: Aircraft crashes; motor vehicle 
accidents with injuries both within and outside the event perimeter; 
fights; sexual assault; assault on law enforcement officers; reckless 
or threatening behavior; crimes against property; crowd control issues; 
possession and unlawful use of alcoholic beverages; endangerment of 
themselves or others; possession, use, and distribution of controlled 
substances; and increased use of public lands outside the event 
perimeter.
    The Burning Man event takes place within Pershing County, a rural 
county with a small population and a small Sheriff's Department. The 
temporary closure and temporary restrictions are necessary to enable 
BLM law enforcement personnel to provide for public safety and to 
protect the environment on public lands, as well as to support State 
and local agencies with enforcement of existing laws.
    Use of the Black Rock playa by up to 68,000 paid participants 
creates potential impacts to public resources associated with disposal 
of wastes and litter. Implementation of the temporary restrictions will 
increase interaction with and education of users by BLM law enforcement 
and educational staff which will indirectly increase appreciation and 
protection of the public resources.
    A temporary closure and temporary restrictions order, under the 
authority of 43 CFR 8364.1, is appropriate for a single event. A 
temporary closure and temporary restrictions order is specifically 
tailored to the timeframe that is necessary to provide a safe 
environment for the public and for participants at the Burning Man 
event, and to protect public land resources while avoiding imposing 
restrictions that may not be necessary in the area during the remainder 
of the year.
    The BLM will post information signs and maps about the temporary 
closure and temporary restrictions at main entry points around the 
playa, at the BLM Winnemucca District Office, at the Nevada State 
Office, and at the Black Rock Visitor Center and on the BLM's Web site: 
www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo.html.
    Under the authority of Section 303(a) of FLPMA, 43 CFR 8360.0-7, 
and 43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM will enforce a temporary public closure and 
the following temporary restrictions will apply within and adjacent to 
the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa from August 4, 
2014 through September 15, 2014:

I. Temporary Restrictions

A. Aircraft Landing

    The public closure area is closed to aircraft landing, taking off, 
and taxiing. Aircraft is defined in Title 18, U.S.C., section 31(a)(1) 
and includes lighter-than-air craft and ultra-light craft. The 
following exceptions apply:
    1. All aircraft operations, including ultra-light and helicopter 
landings and takeoffs will occur at the designated 88NV Black Rock City 
Airport landing strips and areas defined by airport management. All 
takeoffs and landings will occur only during the hours of operation of 
the airport as described in the Burning Man Operating Plan. All pilots 
that use the Black Rock City Airport must agree to and abide by the 
published airport rules and regulations.
    2. Only helicopters providing emergency medical services may land 
at the designated Emergency Medical Services helicopter pad or at other 
locations when required for medical incidents. The BLM authorized 
officer or his delegated representative may approve other helicopter 
landings and takeoffs when deemed necessary for the benefit of the law 
enforcement operation.
    3. Landings or takeoffs of lighter-than-air craft previously 
approved by the BLM authorized officer.

B. Alcohol

    1. Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage by the 
driver or operator of any motorized vehicle, whether or not the vehicle 
is in motion, is prohibited.

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    2. Possession of alcohol by minors
    (a) The following are prohibited:
    (1) Consumption or possession of any alcoholic beverage by a person 
under 21 years of age on public lands.
    (2) Selling, offering to sell, or otherwise furnishing or supplying 
any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years of age on public 
lands.
    3. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence
    (a) Title 43 CFR 8341.1(f)3 prohibits the operation of an off-road 
motor vehicle on public land while under the influence of alcohol, 
narcotics, or dangerous drugs.
    (b) In addition to the prohibition found at 43 CFR8341.1(f)3, it is 
prohibited for any person to operate or be in actual physical control 
of a motor vehicle while:
    (1) The operator is under the combined influence of alcohol, a 
drug, or drugs to a degree that renders the operator incapable of safe 
operation of that vehicle; or
    (2) The alcohol concentration in the operator's blood or breath is 
0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.08 
grams or more of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
    (3) It is unlawful for any person to drive or be in actual physical 
control of a vehicle on a highway or on premises to which the public 
has access with an amount of a prohibited substance in his or her urine 
or blood that is equal to or greater than the following nanograms per 
milliliter (ng/ml):

(a) Amphetamine: urine, 500 ng/ml; blood, 100 ng/ml
(b) Cocaine: urine, 150 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml
(c) Cocaine metabolite: urine,150 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml
(d) Heroin: urine, 2,000 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml
(e) Heroin metabolite:
    (1) Morphine: urine, 2,000 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml
    (2) 6-monoacetyl morphine: urine, 10 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml
(f) Lysergic acid diethylamide: urine, 25 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml
(g) Marijuana: urine,10 ng/ml; blood, 2 ng/ml
(h) Marijuana metabolite: urine, 15 ng/ml; blood, 5 ng/ml
(i) Methamphetamine: urine, 500 ng/ml; blood,100 ng/ml
(j) Phencyclidine: urine, 25 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml
    (c) Tests:
    (1) At the request or direction of any law enforcement officer 
authorized by the Department of the Interior to enforce this closure 
and restriction order, who has probable cause to believe that an 
operator of a motor vehicle has violated a provision of paragraph (a) 
or (b) of this section, the operator shall submit to one or more tests 
of the blood, breath, saliva, or urine for the purpose of determining 
blood alcohol and drug content.
    (2) Refusal by an operator to submit to a test is prohibited and 
proof of refusal may be admissible in any related judicial proceeding.
    (3) Any test or tests for the presence of alcohol and drugs shall 
be determined by and administered at the direction of an authorized law 
enforcement officer.
    (4) Any test shall be conducted by using accepted scientific 
methods and equipment of proven accuracy and reliability operated by 
personnel certified in its use.
    (d) Presumptive levels
    (1) The results of chemical or other quantitative tests are 
intended to supplement the elements of probable cause used as the basis 
for the arrest of an operator charged with a violation of paragraph (a) 
of this section. If the alcohol concentration in the operator's blood 
or breath at the time of testing is less than alcohol concentrations 
specified in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, this fact does not give 
rise to any presumption that the operator is or is not under the 
influence of alcohol.
    (2) The provisions of paragraph (d)(1) of this section are not 
intended to limit the introduction of any other competent evidence 
bearing upon the question of whether the operator, at the time of the 
alleged violation, was under the influence of alcohol, a drug or 
multiple drugs, or any combination thereof.
    4. Definitions:
    (a) Open container: Any bottle, can, or other container which 
contains an alcoholic beverage, if that container does not have a 
closed top or lid for which the seal has not been broken. If the 
container has been opened one or more times, and the lid or top has 
been replaced, that container is an open container.
    (b) Possession of an open container includes any open container 
that is physically possessed by the driver or operator, or is adjacent 
to and reachable by that driver or operator. This includes but is not 
limited to containers in a cup holder or rack adjacent to the driver or 
operator, containers on a vehicle floor next to the driver or operator, 
and containers on a seat or console area next to a driver or operator.

C. Drug Paraphernalia

    1. The possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.
    2. Definition: Drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products and 
materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for 
use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, 
manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, preparing, testing, 
analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, 
injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human 
body a controlled substance in violation of any state or Federal law, 
or regulation issued pursuant to law.

D. Disorderly Conduct

    1. Disorderly conduct is prohibited.
    2. Definition: Disorderly conduct means that an individual, with 
the intent of recklessly causing public alarm, nuisance, jeopardy, or 
violence; or recklessly creating a risk thereof:
    (a) Engages in fighting or violent behavior.
    (b) Uses language, an utterance or gesture, or engages in a display 
or act that is physically threatening or menacing, or done in a manner 
that is likely to inflict injury or incite an immediate breach of the 
peace.
    (c) Obstructs, resists, or attempts to elude a law enforcement 
officer, or fails to follow their orders or directions.

E. Eviction of Persons

    1. The public closure area is closed to any person who:
    (a) Has been evicted from the event by the permit holder, Black 
Rock City LLC, (BRC LLC) whether or not the eviction was requested by 
the BLM.
    (b) Has been ordered by a law enforcement officer to leave the area 
of the permitted event.
    2. Any person evicted from the event forfeits all privileges to be 
present within the perimeter fence or anywhere else within the public 
closure area even if they possess a ticket to attend the event.

F. Fires

    The ignition of fires on the surface of the Black Rock playa 
without a burn blanket or burn pan is prohibited.

G. Fireworks

    The use, sale or possession of personal fireworks is prohibited 
except for uses of fireworks approved by BRC LLC and used as part of a 
Burning Man sanctioned art burn event.

H. Motor Vehicles

    1. Must comply with the following requirements:
    (a) The operator of a motor vehicle must possess a valid driver's 
license.
    (b) Motor vehicles and trailers must possess evidence of valid 
registration, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles

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used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates 
or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers 
and operated within the scope of that registration.
    (c) Motor vehicles and trailers must possess evidence of valid 
insurance, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles used by disabled 
drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or 
other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated 
within the scope of that registration.
    (d) Motor vehicles and trailers must not block a street used for 
vehicular travel or a pedestrian pathway.
    (e) Motor vehicles must not exceed the posted speed limit.
    (f) No person shall occupy a trailer while the motor vehicle is in 
transit upon a roadway, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles used by 
disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or 
placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and 
operated within the scope of that registration.
    (g) Motor vehicles, other than a motorcycle or golf cart, must be 
equipped with at least two working headlamps, at least two functioning 
tail lamps and at least two functioning brake lights, except for mutant 
vehicles, vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled 
driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with 
the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that 
registration, so long as they are adequately lit according to Black 
Rock City, LLC Department of Mutant Vehicle requirements.
    (h) Trailers pulled by motor vehicles must be equipped with at 
least two functioning tail lamps and at least two functioning brake 
lights.
    (i) Motor vehicles and trailers must display an unobstructed rear 
license plate and must be equipped with a mounted lamp to illuminate 
the rear license plate, except for mutant vehicles, vehicles used by 
disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or 
placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and 
operated within the scope of that registration.
    2. The public closure area is closed to motor vehicle use, except 
as provided below.
    Motor vehicles may be operated within the public closure area under 
the circumstances listed below:
    (a) Participant arrival and departure on designated routes;
    (b) BLM, medical, law enforcement, and firefighting vehicles are 
authorized at all times;
    (c) Vehicles operated by BRC LLC staff or contractors and service 
providers on behalf of BRC LLC. During the event, from 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday, August 24, 2014, through 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014, 
these vehicles must display evidence of event registration at all times 
in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the 
vehicle is in motion;
    (d) Mutant vehicles, art cars, vehicles used by disabled drivers 
and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other 
vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the 
scope of that registration. During the event, from 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 
August 24, 2014, through 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014, such 
vehicles must display evidence of registration at all times in such 
manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle 
is in motion;
    (e) Motorized skateboards, electric assist bicycles, or Go-Peds 
with or without handlebars;
    (f) Participant drop off of approved burnables and wood to the Burn 
Garden/Wood Reclamation Stations (located on open playa at 3:00, 6:00, 
9:00 Promenades and the Man base) from 9:00 a.m. Sunday, August 31, 
2014 through the end of day Tuesday, September 2, 2014, post event; and
    (g) Passage through, without stopping, the public closure area on 
the west or east playa roads.
    3. Definitions:
    (a) A motor vehicle is any device designed for and capable of 
travel over land and which is self-propelled by a motor, but does not 
include any vehicle operated on rails or any motorized wheelchair.
    (b) Motorized wheelchair means a self-propelled wheeled device, 
designed solely for and used by a mobility-impaired person for 
locomotion.
    (c) A trailer is any instrument designed to be hauled by a motor 
vehicle.

I. Public Camping

    The public closure area is closed to public camping with the 
following exception: Burning Man event ticket holders who are camped in 
designated event areas provided by BRC LLC, and ticket holders who are 
camped in the authorized pilot camp. BRC LLC authorized staff, 
contractors, and BLM authorized event management related camps are 
exempt from this closure.

J. Public Use

    The public closure area is closed to use by members of the public 
unless that person: Is traveling through, without stopping, the public 
closure area on the west or east playa roads; possesses a valid ticket 
to attend the event; is an employee or authorized volunteer with the 
BLM, a law enforcement officer, emergency medical service provider, 
fire protection provider, or another public agency employee working at 
the event and that individual is assigned to the event; is a person 
working at or attending the event on behalf of BRC LLC; or is 
authorized by BRC LLC to be onsite prior to the commencement of the 
event for the primary purpose of constructing, creating, designing or 
installing art, displays, buildings, facilities or other items and 
structures in connection with the event; or is a commercial operation 
to provide services to the event organizers and/or participants 
authorized by BRC LLC through a contract or agreement and authorized by 
BLM through a Special Recreation Permit.

K. Waste Water Discharge

    The dumping or discharge to the ground of gray water is prohibited. 
Gray water is water that has been used for cooking, washing, 
dishwashing, or bathing and contains soap, detergent, food scraps, or 
food residue.

L. Weapons

    1. The possession of any weapon is prohibited except weapons within 
motor vehicles passing, without stopping, through the public closure 
area on the west or east playa roads.
    2. The discharge of any weapon is prohibited.
    3. The prohibitions above shall not apply to county, state, tribal, 
and Federal law enforcement personnel who are working in their official 
capacity at the event. ``Art projects'' that include weapons and are 
sanctioned by BRC LLC will be permitted after obtaining authorization 
from the BLM authorized officer.
    4. Definitions:
    (a) Weapon means a firearm, compressed gas or spring powered pistol 
or rifle, bow and arrow, cross bow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown 
spear, sling shot, irritant gas device, electric stunning or 
immobilization device, explosive device, any implement designed to 
expel a projectile, switch-blade knife, any blade which is greater than 
10 inches in length from the tip of the blade to the edge of the hilt 
or finger guard nearest

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the blade (e.g., swords, dirks, daggers, machetes), or any other weapon 
the possession of which is prohibited by state law. Exception: This 
rule does not apply in a kitchen or cooking environment or where an 
event worker is wearing or utilizing a construction knife for their 
duties at the event.
    (b) Firearm means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, or other 
device which is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a 
projectile by the ignition of a propellant.
    (c) Discharge means the expelling of a projectile from a weapon.
    Any person who violates the above rules and restrictions may be 
tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000, 
imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may 
also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for at 18 U.S.C. 3571.

    Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1

Gene Seidlitz,
District Manager, Winnemucca District.
[FR Doc. 2014-13997 Filed 6-13-14; 8:45 am]
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