Notice of Availability of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument-Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon Units and Federal Lands Previously Included in the Monument That are Excluded From the Boundaries Proposed Resource Management Plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement, 44326-44327 [2019-18243]

Download as PDF 44326 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 164 / Friday, August 23, 2019 / Notices The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) no longer uses the OS–08, OST Parking Assignment Records, system of records to collect and maintain parking permits for employees and contractors. In September 2013, OST opened parking to all OST employees, contractors, and visitors and discontinued the use of parking permits to control parking access. The records in this system were previously maintained in accordance with General Records Schedule (GRS), GRS 11/4a, which was approved by the National Archives and Records Administration. The retention period was six months, and all parking permit records maintained in the system were disposed of in accordance with GRS 11/4a. Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the OST is removing the OS–08, OST Parking Assignment Records, from its system of records inventory. Rescinding the OS–08, OST Parking Assignment Records, system of records notice will have no adverse impacts on individuals as the records previously maintained in the system were disposed of in accordance with an approved records retention schedule. This rescindment will also promote the overall streamlining and management of Department of the Interior Privacy Act systems of records. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SYSTEM NAME AND NUMBER: OS–08, OST Parking Assignment Records. HISTORY: 73 FR 77823 (December 19, 2008). Teri Barnett, Departmental Privacy Officer, Department of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2019–18185 Filed 8–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4334–63–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES [19X 1109AF LLUT930000 Ll6100000.DQ0000.LXSSJ0640000] Notice of Availability of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument-Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon Units and Federal Lands Previously Included in the Monument That are Excluded From the Boundaries Proposed Resource Management Plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Aug 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 ACTION: Notice of availability. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument (GSENM) and Kanab Field Office (KFO) have prepared the Proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the GSENM Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyons Units, and Federal lands excluded from the Monument by Proclamation 9682 (Kanab-Escalante Planning Area (KEPA), and by this notice is announcing its availability and the opening of a protest period concerning the Proposed RMPs. In accordance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, this notice also announces the opening of a 60-day public comment period regarding the proposed closure of recreational target shooting within at least 0.25 miles of residences, campgrounds, and developed recreation facilities in GSENM and KEPA. DATES: The BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed RMPs and Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. To ensure that comments on the proposed target shooting closure will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments by October 22, 2019. ADDRESSES: The Proposed RMPs and Final EIS is available on the BLM ePlanning project website at https:// go.usa.gov/xVCGJ. Click the ‘‘Documents & Reports’’ link on the left side of the screen to find the electronic versions of these materials. Hard copies of the Proposed RMPs and Final EIS are available for public inspection at the Kanab Field Office. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMPs may be found online at https://www.blm.gov/filing-a-planprotest and at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. You may submit comments on the proposed target shooting closure using either of the following methods: Email: BLM_UT_CCD_monuments@ blm.gov. Mail: BLM, Kanab Field Office, 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, UT 84741, Attn: Harry Barber. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Harry Barber, Monument Manager, telephone (435) 644–1200; address 669 S Hwy. 89A, Kanab, UT 84741; email BLM_UT_CCD_monuments@blm.gov. Persons who use 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 or question for the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 9682 modifying the boundaries of the GSENM to exclude from designation and reservation approximately 861,974 acres of land. Lands that remain part of the GSENM are included in three units, known as the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyons Units and are reserved for the care and management of the objects of historic and scientific interest described in Proclamation 6920, as modified by Proclamation 9682. Lands that are excluded from the Monument boundaries are now referred to as the Kanab-Escalante Planning Area (KEPA) and are managed in accordance with the BLM’s multiple-use mandate. The planning area is located in Kane and Garfield Counties, Utah, and encompasses approximately 1.87 million acres of public land. For the GSENM Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyons Units, this planning effort is needed to identify goals, objectives, and management actions necessary for the proper care and management of the objects and values identified in Proclamations 6920, as modified by Proclamation 9682. For lands in the KEPA, this planning effort is needed to identify goals, objectives, and management actions necessary to ensure that public lands and their various resource values are utilized in the combination that will best meet the present and future needs of the American people. The entire planning area is currently managed by the BLM and under the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Management Plan (BLM 1999), as amended. This planning effort would replace the existing Monument Management Plan with four new RMPs. The BLM reviewed public-scoping comments to identify planning issues that directed the formulation of alternatives and framed the scope of analysis in the Draft RMPs/EIS. Issues identified include management of E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 164 / Friday, August 23, 2019 / Notices recreation and access; paleontological and cultural resources; livestock grazing; mineral resources; and wildlife, water, vegetation, and soil resources. This planning effort also considers management of lands with wilderness characteristics and designation of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern. The formal public scoping process for the RMPs and EIS began on January 16, 2018, with publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (83 FR 2179) and ended on April 11, 2018. The BLM held public scoping meetings in Kanab and Escalante, Utah, in March 2018. The Notice of Availability for the Draft RMPs/EIS was published on August 17, 2018 (83 FR 41108), followed by a Notice of Error, on August 31, 2019 (83 FR 44659), that extended the public comment period on the Draft RMPs/EIS. The BLM accepted public comments on the range of alternatives, effects analysis and Draft RMPs for 105 days, ending on November 30, 2018. During the public comment period, public meetings were held in Kanab and Escalante, Utah. The Draft RMPs/EIS evaluated four alternatives in detail. Alternative A is the No Action alternative, which is a continuation of existing decisions in the Monument Management Plan. Alternative B generally focuses on protection of resources (e.g., wildlife, vegetation, cultural, etc.) while providing for targeted resource use (e.g., rights-of-way, travel, mineral development). Alternative C generally represents a balance of resource protection and resource use. Alternative D generally focuses on maximizing resource use (e.g., rights-of-way, minerals development, livestock grazing) while still providing for resource protection as required by applicable regulations, laws, policies, plans, and guidance, including protection of Monument objects within the GSENM Units. Comments on the Draft RMPs/EIS received from the public, the Utah Resource Advisory Council, cooperating agencies and tribes, and internal BLM review were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the Proposed RMPs/ Final EIS. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not significantly change the range of alternatives considered. Alternative E was developed in response to comments received on the Draft RMPs/EIS and includes elements of Alternatives A, B, C, and D. The BLM has identified Alternative E as the agency’s Proposed RMPs. Identification of this alternative, however, does not represent final agency direction. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Aug 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 In the Proposed RMPs, the BLM proposes that recreational target shooting shall not be allowed on certain lands managed by the BLM in both GSENM and KEPA. As proposed, target shooting would generally be allowed, but would be prohibited within at least 0.25 miles of residences, campgrounds, and developed recreation facilities. The proposed closure would provide for public safety near residences, campgrounds and developed recreation facilities. The proposed closure would also enhance the safety of the public visiting campgrounds and developed recreation facilities in GSENM and KEPA, which would improve their experience. In accordance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, the BLM is announcing the opening of a 60-day public comment period on the proposed target shooting closure. As such, the BLM is only accepting comments on the proposed target shooting closure. All comments must be received by the date set forth in the DATES section above and must be submitted using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. All protests must be in writing and submitted, as set forth in the DATES and ADDRESSES sections above. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6 40 CFR 1506.10 43 CFR 1610.2 and 36 CFR 219.59. Edwin L. Roberson, State Director. [FR Doc. 2019–18243 Filed 8–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVB0100.L19900000.EX0000.211B.19X MO#4500136314] Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Mount Hope Project, Eureka County, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. 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 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mount Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, has prepared a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the 30-day SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44327 review period on the Final Supplemental EIS. The Mount Hope Project (Project) is owned by Eureka Moly, LLC (EML) and is located in central Nevada, approximately 23 miles northwest of Eureka, Nevada. The BLM has prepared this Final Supplemental EIS as a response to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s remand decision for further action on issues identified in its December 28, 2016 decision. DATES: The review period will end following a 30 day review period beginning on the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: For questions related to the Mount Hope Project: • Email: blm_nv_bmdo_eurekamoly_ seis@blm.gov. • Fax: 775–635–4034. • Mail: 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be downloaded from https:// go.usa.gov/xUhRK or examined at the Mount Lewis Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Hurrell—Project Manager, telephone 775–635–4000; address 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820. Contact Kevin Hurrell to have your name added to our mailing list. Persons who use 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 or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau of Land Management Mount Lewis Field Office authorized the Mount Hope Project Record of Decision, Plan of Operations Approval, and Approval of Issuance of Right-of-Way Grants on November 16, 2012. The Project consists of a proposed molybdenum mine including a power transmission line, a water well field, and all associated facilities to be located on public land administered by the BLM Mount Lewis Field Office and on private land controlled by EML. The Project will utilize an open pit mining method and will process the mined ore using a flotation and roasting process. When completed, a total of 8,618 acres of disturbance would occur within the 23,065-acre Project area. Of the 8,618 acres, 8,359 is public land and 259 is private land. E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 164 (Friday, August 23, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National 
Monument-Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon Units and 
Federal Lands Previously Included in the Monument That are Excluded 
From the Boundaries Proposed Resource Management Plans and Final 
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY:  Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION:  Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY:  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Staircase-
Escalante National Monument (GSENM) and Kanab Field Office (KFO) have 
prepared the Proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) and Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the GSENM Grand Staircase, 
Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyons Units, and Federal lands excluded 
from the Monument by Proclamation 9682 (Kanab-Escalante Planning Area 
(KEPA), and by this notice is announcing its availability and the 
opening of a protest period concerning the Proposed RMPs. In accordance 
with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation 
Act of 2019, this notice also announces the opening of a 60-day public 
comment period regarding the proposed closure of recreational target 
shooting within at least 0.25 miles of residences, campgrounds, and 
developed recreation facilities in GSENM and KEPA.

DATES: The BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the 
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's 
Proposed RMPs and Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions and 
files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that 
the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register.
    To ensure that comments on the proposed target shooting closure 
will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments by October 
22, 2019.

ADDRESSES: The Proposed RMPs and Final EIS is available on the BLM 
ePlanning project website at https://go.usa.gov/xVCGJ. Click the 
``Documents & Reports'' link on the left side of the screen to find the 
electronic versions of these materials. Hard copies of the Proposed 
RMPs and Final EIS are available for public inspection at the Kanab 
Field Office.
    Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM 
regarding the Proposed RMPs may be found online at https://www.blm.gov/filing-a-plan-protest and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2.
    You may submit comments on the proposed target shooting closure 
using either of the following methods:
    Email: [email protected].
    Mail: BLM, Kanab Field Office, 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, UT 
84741, Attn: Harry Barber.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Harry Barber, Monument Manager, 
telephone (435) 644-1200; address 669 S Hwy. 89A, Kanab, UT 84741; 
email [email protected]. Persons who use 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 or question for the above individual. You will 
receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump 
signed Presidential Proclamation 9682 modifying the boundaries of the 
GSENM to exclude from designation and reservation approximately 861,974 
acres of land. Lands that remain part of the GSENM are included in 
three units, known as the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante 
Canyons Units and are reserved for the care and management of the 
objects of historic and scientific interest described in Proclamation 
6920, as modified by Proclamation 9682. Lands that are excluded from 
the Monument boundaries are now referred to as the Kanab-Escalante 
Planning Area (KEPA) and are managed in accordance with the BLM's 
multiple-use mandate.
    The planning area is located in Kane and Garfield Counties, Utah, 
and encompasses approximately 1.87 million acres of public land. For 
the GSENM Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyons Units, 
this planning effort is needed to identify goals, objectives, and 
management actions necessary for the proper care and management of the 
objects and values identified in Proclamations 6920, as modified by 
Proclamation 9682. For lands in the KEPA, this planning effort is 
needed to identify goals, objectives, and management actions necessary 
to ensure that public lands and their various resource values are 
utilized in the combination that will best meet the present and future 
needs of the American people.
    The entire planning area is currently managed by the BLM and under 
the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Management Plan (BLM 
1999), as amended. This planning effort would replace the existing 
Monument Management Plan with four new RMPs.
    The BLM reviewed public-scoping comments to identify planning 
issues that directed the formulation of alternatives and framed the 
scope of analysis in the Draft RMPs/EIS. Issues identified include 
management of

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recreation and access; paleontological and cultural resources; 
livestock grazing; mineral resources; and wildlife, water, vegetation, 
and soil resources. This planning effort also considers management of 
lands with wilderness characteristics and designation of Areas of 
Critical Environmental Concern.
    The formal public scoping process for the RMPs and EIS began on 
January 16, 2018, with publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal 
Register (83 FR 2179) and ended on April 11, 2018. The BLM held public 
scoping meetings in Kanab and Escalante, Utah, in March 2018. The 
Notice of Availability for the Draft RMPs/EIS was published on August 
17, 2018 (83 FR 41108), followed by a Notice of Error, on August 31, 
2019 (83 FR 44659), that extended the public comment period on the 
Draft RMPs/EIS. The BLM accepted public comments on the range of 
alternatives, effects analysis and Draft RMPs for 105 days, ending on 
November 30, 2018. During the public comment period, public meetings 
were held in Kanab and Escalante, Utah.
    The Draft RMPs/EIS evaluated four alternatives in detail. 
Alternative A is the No Action alternative, which is a continuation of 
existing decisions in the Monument Management Plan. Alternative B 
generally focuses on protection of resources (e.g., wildlife, 
vegetation, cultural, etc.) while providing for targeted resource use 
(e.g., rights-of-way, travel, mineral development). Alternative C 
generally represents a balance of resource protection and resource use. 
Alternative D generally focuses on maximizing resource use (e.g., 
rights-of-way, minerals development, livestock grazing) while still 
providing for resource protection as required by applicable 
regulations, laws, policies, plans, and guidance, including protection 
of Monument objects within the GSENM Units. Comments on the Draft RMPs/
EIS received from the public, the Utah Resource Advisory Council, 
cooperating agencies and tribes, and internal BLM review were 
considered and incorporated as appropriate into the Proposed RMPs/Final 
EIS. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but 
did not significantly change the range of alternatives considered. 
Alternative E was developed in response to comments received on the 
Draft RMPs/EIS and includes elements of Alternatives A, B, C, and D. 
The BLM has identified Alternative E as the agency's Proposed RMPs. 
Identification of this alternative, however, does not represent final 
agency direction.
    In the Proposed RMPs, the BLM proposes that recreational target 
shooting shall not be allowed on certain lands managed by the BLM in 
both GSENM and KEPA. As proposed, target shooting would generally be 
allowed, but would be prohibited within at least 0.25 miles of 
residences, campgrounds, and developed recreation facilities. The 
proposed closure would provide for public safety near residences, 
campgrounds and developed recreation facilities. The proposed closure 
would also enhance the safety of the public visiting campgrounds and 
developed recreation facilities in GSENM and KEPA, which would improve 
their experience.
    In accordance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, 
Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, the BLM is announcing the 
opening of a 60-day public comment period on the proposed target 
shooting closure. As such, the BLM is only accepting comments on the 
proposed target shooting closure. All comments must be received by the 
date set forth in the DATES section above and must be submitted using 
one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above.
    All protests must be in writing and submitted, as set forth in the 
DATES and ADDRESSES sections above.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6 40 CFR 1506.10 43 CFR 1610.2 and 36 
CFR 219.59.

Edwin L. Roberson,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-18243 Filed 8-22-19; 8:45 am]
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