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This is only part of this document.
For the complete thing, go here: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-15746.htm

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[Federal Register: August 14, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 156)]
[Notices]               
[Page 45503-45542]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr14au07-117]                         


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Part II





Department of the Interior





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Bureau of Land Management



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Notice of Final Action To Adopt Revisions to the Bureau of Land
Management's Procedures for Managing the NEPA Process, Chapter 11 of
the Department of the Interior's Manual Part 516; Notice


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[516 DM 11; WO-210-1610 24 1A]

 
Notice of Final Action To Adopt Revisions to the Bureau of Land
Management's Procedures for Managing the NEPA Process, Chapter 11 of
the Department of the Interior's Manual Part 516

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of final action.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gives notice of revised
policies and procedures for implementing the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA), as amended, Executive Order (E.O.) 11514, as
amended, E.O. 12114, and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
regulations implementing NEPA. These final implementing procedures are
being issued as Chapter 11 of the Department of the Interior's
Departmental Manual Part 516 (516 DM 11) and supersedes previous
implementation guidance. These revisions update the procedures used to
implement NEPA for actions taken in managing public lands. The BLM's
NEPA compliance procedures can be found at the Department of the
Interior (DOI) Electronic Library of Interior Policies (ELIPS) http://elips.doi.gov
.

    The following sections in 516 DM 11 (dated 5/27/04) are affected by
this Federal Register notice: Purpose (11.1); NEPA Responsibilities
(11.2); External Applicant's Guidance (11.3); General Requirements
(11.4), Parts A-G; Plan Conformance (11.5); Existing Documentation
(11.6), Parts A-E; Actions Requiring an Environmental Assessment
(11.7), Parts A-E; and Actions Eligible for Categorical Exclusions
(11.9), categories B-D and G-J. New sub-parts have been added to the
Oil, Gas and Geothermal Energy (B), Forestry (C), and Rangeland
Management (D) categories. Two new categories have been added:
Recreation Management (H) and Emergency Stabilization (I).
Transportation category sub-parts G(1), (2), and (3) have been expanded
to include trails.

DATES: Effective Date: The revised 516 DM 11, including changes and
additions to the categorical exclusions (CXs), is effective upon the
date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: The BLM's revisions to 516 DM 11 can be accessed
electronically via the Internet at http://elips.doi.gov. Hard copies

are available by contacting Peg Sorensen, Division of Planning and
Science Policy, at 202-452-0364.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peg Sorensen, Division of Planning and
Science Policy, at 202-452-0364.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Final revised NEPA procedures for the DOI
were published in the Federal Register (69 FR 10866-10866, March 8,
2004), and (70 FR 32840-32844, June 6, 2005). The DOI bureau and office
specific procedures are published as chapters in Part 516 of the
Departmental Manual. The 516 DM 11 addresses the BLM policy and
procedures to assure compliance with the spirit and intent of NEPA.
    A notice of the proposed revisions to the BLM's ``National
Environmental Policy Act Revised Implementing Procedures'' for 516 DM
11 was published in the Federal Register (71 FR 4159-4167, January 25,
2006), with additional information available at http://www.blm.gov/planning/news.html.
 A 30-day public comment period followed that

publication. Consideration of the comments received resulted in the
following modifications to the proposed revised implementing
procedures.
    11.1. Purpose: No Change.
    11.2. NEPA Responsibilities: Edited title to emphasize that there
are multiple responsibilities.
    Parts A-E: Edited to improve readability.
    Parts B-E: Clarified executive and delegated leadership
responsibilities.
    Parts E & F: Moved sub-part E(1) to a new part F.
    11.3. External Applicants' Guidance: Edited title to clarify that
this section only applies to external applicants who are proposing an
action. Language was added from the NEPA to clarify text within the
section.
    Part A. General, sub-parts A(2)-(4): Edited to improve readability.
    Sub-part A(3): Replaced the ``State Director'' with ``the
Responsible Official'' to clarify that the authorized activity is not
limited to State Directors.
    Part B. Regulations, preamble: Edited to improve readability.
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