Why is the temporary closure necessary?
The temporary closure is necessary for public/employee health and safety reasons based on the findings in the EPA human health risk assessment report. The long-term management of CCMA will be addressed through the RMP being developed.
Under what authority did BLM issue the temporary closure?
The closure is authorized under 43 CFR 8364.1 which states: “To protect persons, property, and public lands and resources, the authorized officer may issue an order to close or restrict use or designated public lands.” Under the rules, BLM must publish a Federal Register Notice, post the closure notice near area affected, specify persons who are exempt, and cites standard public land order violation penalties that can be imposed by a Federal Magistrate (fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months).
Rick Cooper, Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 630-5000
Fax: (831) 630-5055
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