Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Burning Man Event 10-Year Special Recreation Permit, Pershing County, Nevada, 28656-28657 [2018-13244]

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[FR Doc. 2018–13268 Filed 6–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW03500.L51050000.EA0000.LVRCF 1705210.17XMO#4500108946] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Burning Man Event 10Year Special Recreation Permit, Pershing County, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Black Rock Field Office, Winnemucca, Nevada intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential impacts of approving a 10-year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for the Burning Man Event in Pershing County, Nevada. This Notice initiates public scoping period for the EIS. The public scoping process will assist the BLM with determining the issues to be addressed in the EIS, and serves to initiate public consultation, as required under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). DATES: Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until August 6, 2018. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM website at: https://go.usa.gov/xnBTu. In order to ensure comments are considered in the development of the EIS, all comments must be received SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 prior to the close of the 45-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: Comments related to the Burning Man SRP EIS should be submitted to following addresses: • Email: BLM_NV_BurningManEIS@ blm.gov. Include ‘‘Burning Man SRP EIS Comments’’ in the subject line. • Mail: BLM—Winnemucca District Office—Black Rock Field Office, Attn: Mark E. Hall, Black Rock Field Manager, 5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, NV 89445. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Hall at 775–623–1500 or mehall@ blm.gov. Contact Mr. Hall to be added to our mailing list. Persons using a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to leave a message with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant, Black Rock City LLC (BRC), has applied for a 10-year SRP under 43 CFR 2930 and has submitted a proposal to conduct the Burning Man event on public lands administered by the BLM Black Rock Field Office. BRC’s proposal includes the following: • Population increase to permit up to 100,000 total persons at the event; • Expansion of the BLM Closure Order boundary by 561 acres, to a total of 14,714 acres; • Creation of an infrastructure staging area on or near the Playa (60 x 300 ft); • Expansion of alternative transportation (Burner Express Bus/ Burner Express Air); • Expansion of the perimeter fence to 10.4 miles total length; • Arrival of as many as 30,000 staff and builders one week prior to opening; • Expansion of Black Rock City to 1,250 acres; • Installation of additional interactive camps; • Installation of additional large scale art pieces; • BRC licensing of art cars and ADA compliant vehicles to drive on the playa during event week; • Use of approximately 16.5 million gallons of water per year would be obtained from private groundwater wells, located at Fly Ranch owned by BRC, for dust abatement and in support of event activities; and • BRC management of vendor and compliance monitoring. E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 119 / Wednesday, June 20, 2018 / Notices A reasonable range of alternatives will be formulated. In addition to the proposed action, two alternatives have been identified for analysis. The No Action alternative will analyze continuation of the existing event with paid population of 70,000 and up to 10,000 volunteers and paid staff. The No Event alternative will analyze not having the event in the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area. Additional alternatives may be determined. The EIS will assess the direct, indirect and cumulative effects of BRC’s proposal as well as any recommended mitigation. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary key issues: • With the increase in participants, both the Pershing and Washoe County Sheriff offices may express concerns over public health and safety, and deputy staffing. Associated with this is the question of how the BLM will enforce applicable federal, state and local laws; • With the increase in participants, increased amounts of airborne dust may be created, with associated air quality impacts; • Surrounding communities and the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation may express concerns on the amount of solid waste (trash and refuse) generated by participants and how it will be disposed as participants depart the event; • A variety of groups may want to know how BLM will monitor the event to insure that there is no unnecessary or undue degradation of federal land, and that the BLM receives appropriate financial compensation and cost recovery under the law; and • With the increase in participants, both the Nevada Department of Transportation and County of Washoe may raise concerns with traffic and load capacity issues on public roads that access the event. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to help fulfill the public involvement process under the NHPA as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and the NHPA. The BLM will consult with Native American tribes on a government-togovernment basis in accordance with VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:58 Jun 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 Executive Order 13175, Secretarial Order 3317 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including but not limited to impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State and local agencies and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by BRC’s proposal are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifiable information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. Mark E. Hall, Field Manager, Black Rock Field Office. [FR Doc. 2018–13244 Filed 6–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [12X.LLAK942000.L54200000.FR0000.LVDIL 12L0550; AA094268] Notice of Application for a Recordable Disclaimer of Interest for Lands Underlying the Taku River in Alaska Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The State of Alaska has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a Recordable Disclaimer of Interest (RDI) from the United States in those lands underlying the Taku River located in southeast Alaska. The State of Alaska asserts that the Taku River was navigable and unreserved at the time of Alaska Statehood in 1959. DATES: The BLM must receive all comments to this action on or before September 18, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by mail or email on the State of Alaska’s application for an RDI or on the BLM draft ‘‘Summary Report on Federal Interest in Lands underlying the Taku River in Alaska.’’ To file comments by mail, send to RDI Program Manager SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28657 (AK–942), Division of Lands and Cadastral, BLM Alaska State Office, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513. To submit comments by email, send to anichols@blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angie Nichols, RDI Program Manager, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513; 907–271–3359; anichols@ blm.gov; or visit the BLM Recordable Disclaimer of Interest website at https:// www.blm.gov/programs/lands-andrealty/regional-information/alaska/RDI/ southeast. People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay System (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or a question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. On March 14, 2017, the State of Alaska filed an application (AA–94268) for an RDI pursuant to Section 315 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and the regulations contained in 43 CFR 1864 for the lands underlying the Taku River in Alaska. The State asserts that this river was navigable at the time of Alaska Statehood. As such, the State contends that ownership of the lands underlying the Taku River automatically passed from the United States to the State of Alaska in 1959 at the time of Statehood under the Equal Footing Doctrine, the Submerged Lands Act of 1953, the Alaska Statehood Act, and other title navigability law. Section 315 of FLPMA authorizes the BLM to issue an RDI when it determines that a record interest of the United States in lands has terminated by law or is otherwise invalid, and a disclaimer would help remove a cloud on title to such lands. The State’s application is for an RDI for all submerged lands between the ordinary high water mark of the left and right banks of the Taku River, beginning at the 60-foot boundary reserve within sections 10, 11, and 14; township 38 south; range 71 east; Copper River Meridian, Alaska; to the extent of tidal influence, regardless of location. The State listed the Taku River’s coverage on the USGS 1:63,360 series topographic map Taku River B–6, (1951, minor revisions 1971); Taku River C–6 (1995); Taku River C–5, (1960) and Juneau B– 1 quadrangles. The precise location may be within other townships due to the ambulatory nature of these water bodies. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVW03500.L51050000.EA0000.LVRCF1705210.17XMO#4500108946]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Burning Man Event 10-Year Special Recreation Permit, 
Pershing County, Nevada

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Black Rock 
Field Office, Winnemucca, Nevada intends to prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential impacts of approving a 
10-year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for the Burning Man Event in 
Pershing County, Nevada. This Notice initiates public scoping period 
for the EIS. The public scoping process will assist the BLM with 
determining the issues to be addressed in the EIS, and serves to 
initiate public consultation, as required under the National Historic 
Preservation Act (NHPA).

DATES: Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until August 6, 
2018. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be 
announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers 
and the BLM website at: https://go.usa.gov/xnBTu.
    In order to ensure comments are considered in the development of 
the EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 45-day 
scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is 
later. We will provide additional opportunities for public 
participation upon publication of the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: Comments related to the Burning Man SRP EIS should be 
submitted to following addresses:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``Burning Man 
SRP EIS Comments'' in the subject line.
     Mail: BLM--Winnemucca District Office--Black Rock Field 
Office, Attn: Mark E. Hall, Black Rock Field Manager, 5100 East 
Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, NV 89445.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Hall at 775-623-1500 or 
[email protected]. Contact Mr. Hall to be added to our mailing list. 
Persons using a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above 
individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours 
a day, 7 days a week to leave a message with the above individual. You 
will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant, Black Rock City LLC (BRC), 
has applied for a 10-year SRP under 43 CFR 2930 and has submitted a 
proposal to conduct the Burning Man event on public lands administered 
by the BLM Black Rock Field Office. BRC's proposal includes the 
following:
     Population increase to permit up to 100,000 total persons 
at the event;
     Expansion of the BLM Closure Order boundary by 561 acres, 
to a total of 14,714 acres;
     Creation of an infrastructure staging area on or near the 
Playa (60 x 300 ft);
     Expansion of alternative transportation (Burner Express 
Bus/Burner Express Air);
     Expansion of the perimeter fence to 10.4 miles total 
length;
     Arrival of as many as 30,000 staff and builders one week 
prior to opening;
     Expansion of Black Rock City to 1,250 acres;
     Installation of additional interactive camps;
     Installation of additional large scale art pieces;
     BRC licensing of art cars and ADA compliant vehicles to 
drive on the playa during event week;
     Use of approximately 16.5 million gallons of water per 
year would be obtained from private groundwater wells, located at Fly 
Ranch owned by BRC, for dust abatement and in support of event 
activities; and
     BRC management of vendor and compliance monitoring.

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    A reasonable range of alternatives will be formulated. In addition 
to the proposed action, two alternatives have been identified for 
analysis. The No Action alternative will analyze continuation of the 
existing event with paid population of 70,000 and up to 10,000 
volunteers and paid staff. The No Event alternative will analyze not 
having the event in the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation 
Area. Additional alternatives may be determined. The EIS will assess 
the direct, indirect and cumulative effects of BRC's proposal as well 
as any recommended mitigation.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, 
including alternatives and guide the process for developing the EIS. At 
present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary key issues:
     With the increase in participants, both the Pershing and 
Washoe County Sheriff offices may express concerns over public health 
and safety, and deputy staffing. Associated with this is the question 
of how the BLM will enforce applicable federal, state and local laws;
     With the increase in participants, increased amounts of 
airborne dust may be created, with associated air quality impacts;
     Surrounding communities and the Pyramid Lake Indian 
Reservation may express concerns on the amount of solid waste (trash 
and refuse) generated by participants and how it will be disposed as 
participants depart the event;
     A variety of groups may want to know how BLM will monitor 
the event to insure that there is no unnecessary or undue degradation 
of federal land, and that the BLM receives appropriate financial 
compensation and cost recovery under the law; and
     With the increase in participants, both the Nevada 
Department of Transportation and County of Washoe may raise concerns 
with traffic and load capacity issues on public roads that access the 
event.
    The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to 
help fulfill the public involvement process under the NHPA as provided 
in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural 
resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action 
will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such 
resources in the context of both NEPA and the NHPA.
    The BLM will consult with Native American tribes on a government-
to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175, 
Secretarial Order 3317 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including 
but not limited to impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts 
to cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State 
and local agencies and other stakeholders that may be interested in or 
affected by BRC's proposal are invited to participate in the scoping 
process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to 
participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a 
cooperating agency.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address or other 
personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personally identifiable 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally identifiable 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1501.7.

Mark E. Hall,
Field Manager, Black Rock Field Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-13244 Filed 6-19-18; 8:45 am]
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