Hot off the press! BLM has granted a ONE YEAR permit for 2012. Looks like they want folks to behave before issueing the full 5 year permit.
The proposed action and all recommended mitigation measures have been selected for implementation, subject to the following conditions:
1) The SRP for the 2012 event may only be for a one-year permit, rather than a five-year permit as proposed. Should BRC comply with the terms and conditions of their 2012 permit, issuance of a multi-year permit for 2013-2016 may be considered.
2) The SRP for any year is subject to cancellation or modification during the permit period based upon performance of the permittee, changes in law, regulation or policy, changes in resource conditions, or upon newly available information.
3) Authorization for any event during the 2012-2016 period is subject to a separate SRP decision. Prior to issuance of any year’s SRP decision, a detailed review and evaluation of the previous year’s event will be conducted; as necessary, the special stipulations will be modified (and evaluated under NEPA) to address issues and concerns raised during the previous event or otherwise identified for the applicable year’s event. Additionally, each year’s SRP decision and/or the special stipulations attached thereto will specify the maximum population allowed for that year’s event. The maximum population authorized in any year may not exceed 70,000 participants, as that term is defined in the EA unless the requisite additional NEPA analysis is completed.
In 2012, BRC is required to keep the maximum population from exceeding 60,900 people at any point in time during the event. BLM is also requiring BRC to comply with 13 permit conditions and 50 stipulations. Stipulations relate to matters such as event set-up, signing, security, public safety, resource management, debris removal, fee calculation and payment, and event take-down and clean-up. These stipulations are attached to and made part of the EA decision record and special recreation permit.