U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
May 17, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
1703 (280) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 05/25/2010
Information Bulletin No. 2010-079
To: All Field Officials
Attn: Abandoned Mine Land and Hazmat Program Leads
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Hazardous Materials Environmental Compliance Guide for Field Managers
Program Areas: Hazard Management and Resource Restoration “Hazmat” and
Abandoned Mine Lands (AML)
Purpose: The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to make you aware of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Hazardous Materials Environmental Compliance Guide for Field Managers, which summarizes the BLM’s environmental compliance and pollution prevention policies.
Background: Compliance with environmental laws and regulations is one of the many challenges for which the BLM’s Field Managers have responsibility. The attached guidance document has been specifically developed to assist the Field Manager in complying with the numerous Federal, State, and local environmental requirements.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are approximately 14,000 environmentally regulated Federal facilities nationwide. The BLM manages a significant number of State and District/Field Offices, Field Stations, and other sites in support of the multi-use land management responsibilities defined by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA).
The Division of Environmental Quality and Protection created this guide to assist new and experienced Field Managers in identifying, understanding, and implementing key environmental compliance requirements. This guide provides a brief discussion of the most common environmental compliance requirements related to the BLM’s land management activities. A list of environmental resources and contacts is included at the end of this document to assist the Field Manager in understanding and dealing with these environmental compliance requirements.
This guide provides the Field Manager with the basic materials to facilitate discussion and understanding of environmental compliance requirements and the resources that exist within the BLM to assist in managing these requirements. The systems of environmental compliance requirements as expressed in statutes, Executive Orders, regulations, and the Department of Interior’s and the BLM’s policies are designed to protect human health and the environment. Field Managers can use this guide as a tool to gain quick insight regarding a particular environmental subject. The guide is designed to provide a series of useful information on a range of environmental topics that can be reviewed as a whole, or independently, as specific environmental compliance issues occur. The guide summarizes the applicability, regulatory overview, description, and implementation of the following topics that will help Field Managers in discussing these issues with staff members:
Coordination: This Field Guide has been coordinated with the various Division of Environmental Quality and Protection (WO-280) programs, the AML and Hazmat Program Leads and the Department of the Interior Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance.
Contact: Miyoshi Stith, Hazard Management and Resource Restoration Program Lead (202) 912-7452.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Richard Hanes Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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