U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
[Federal Register: May 1, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 85)]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
SUMMARY: Pursuant to 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), subpart 8364.1, an Order has been issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hollister Field Office, closing to all forms of entry and public use certain BLM-administered public lands. This closure is necessary to protect public land users from human health risks associated with exposure to airborne asbestos in the CCMA based upon a final report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that concludes that public use activities could expose an individual to excess lifetime cancer risks. The order will remain in effect while the BLM completes a Resource Management Plan for the CCMA to determine if and how visitor use can occur without associated excess health risks. This closure affects approximately 31,000 acres of public lands located within the Bureau of Land Management's Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA).
DATES: The Order was issued and became effective on May 1, 2008.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Cooper, Hollister Field Manager, BLM, Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, California, 95023. Telephone: 831-630-5010 Fax: 831-630-5055, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CCMA is a remote area with hundreds of miles of roads and trails that were created to support historic timber harvesting and mining activities. The 63,000 acre area is a popular location for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. A variety of other recreation activities also occur within the CCMA, including hunting, rock-hounding, wildlife watching, and hiking. This is a unique geological area with serpentine soils that contain naturally occurring asbestos.
(1) Federal, State, or local law enforcement officers, while engaged in the execution of their official duties.
(2) BLM personnel or their representatives while engaged in the execution of their official duties.
(3) Any member of an organized rescue, fire-fighting force, or emergency medical services organization while in the performance of their official duties.
(4) Any member of a federal, state, or local government agencies while in the performance of an official duty.
(5) Any person in receipt of a written authorization of exemption obtained from the authorized officer.
Dated: April 3, 2008.
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