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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 03/05/10
Contacts: Jan Bedrosian , (916) 978-4616  
  John Dearing , (916) 978-4622  
News Release No. CA-CC-10-48

BLM Extends Comment Period on Clear Creek Draft Plan


The public comment period for the Clear Creek Management Area draft resource management plan and environmental impact statement has been extended by 45 days by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“Because the plan addresses potential long term restrictions on public lands,” said BLM Acting California State Director Jim Abbott, “we are extending the comment period to allow further public input”

The Clear Creek Management Area in southern San Benito and western Fresno counties has a long history of public recreational use.  But because of increased awareness of potential health risks caused by asbestos, the area has been temporarily closed since May 2008.  The closure was in response to results of an Environmental Protection Agency’s human health risk assessment.  The temporary closure remains in effect until the new management plan is approved.

The draft resource management plan and environmental impact statement was released in December 2009 with a 90 day comment period.  Three public meetings were also held in Coalinga, Hollister and Santa Clara in January 2010 to gather comments.  The initial 90-day comment period ends today.

Comments must be postmarked or received by April 19, 2010.  Written public comments may be submitted by mail to BLM, Attn. CCMA RMP/EIS, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, CA 95023.  Comment may also be provided via email:  cahormp@ca.blm.gov, or fax:  831-630-5055. 

For more information contact the Hollister Field Office at 831-630-5000.




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Last updated: 03-05-2010