The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Navajo Region, announces the availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Draft Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) for the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA) of the western portion of the Navajo Nation. The 30-day public comment period for the Draft PEA begins May 24, 2021 and ends on June 23, 2021. A PEA evaluates the effects of broad proposals or planning-level decisions used to determine environmental management actions.
Programmatic environmental documents analyze effects on a broad scale, such as those resulting from proposed policies, plans, programs, or projects where subsequent specific actions will be implemented. Therefore, additional environmental analyses under NEPA will be required for all future site-specific project proposals in the FBFA. This PEA incorporates by reference the information in the FBFA Draft IRMP (NNDNR/BIA 2020).
This PEA was prepared following the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the Department of the Interior implementing regulations, and the Indian Affairs NEPA Guidebook (BIA 2012).
Comments must be received by June 23, 2021.
Alternatives for implementing the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA) Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) were developed through community input received during the planning process and internal scoping with the project Interdisciplinary Team.
Alternative 1: No Action.
Alternative 2: Balanced Growth Emphasis Alternative: Developed to incorporate community goals and objectives of the affected communities while taking into consideration natural, environmental, and cultural resources, and existing infrastructure in the FBFA.
How to Submit Comments:
The 30-day public comment period for the PEA begins May 24, 2021, and ends June 23, 2021. Written comments may be submitted during the scoping period via email, fax or mail. Please submit comments by June 23, 2021. In the subject line of your mail, fax or email, please address as “Comments for the FBFA EA”.
(link sends e-mail) | Fax: (928) 283-2215 or Mail to:
BIA – Western Navajo Agency
C/O: Renee Benally, Natural Resource Specialist
P.O. Box 127, Tuba City, Arizona 86045