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CX-009239: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Grazing Agreement Amendment to Legacy Management #8-12, Acid Pond Property Disposition Near the Spook, Wyoming, Disposal Site
CX(s) Applied: B1.24
Date: 09/12/2012
Location(s): Wyoming
Offices(s): Legacy Management

In the Spring of 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE)granted a grazing license to the same rancher from whom portions of the Spook site were originally acquired, and to whom the Acid Pond Parcel of the property would be dispositioned. This rancher controls the grazing cattle on the Spook site as an extension of his ranching activities. The Spook site is not a fenced site, and as such, grazing was allowed to occur consistent with the State of Wyoming's "fence out" regulations. DOE has formalized the use of the site for grazing by issuing a grazing license, which also acknowledges grazing as a "reuse" opportunity for this site. Since the cattle have been grazing freely, the related impacts upon issuance of the grazing agreement are of the same context and intensity as the impacts that existed prior to issuance of the grazing agreement. Issuing the grazing agreement was found to be categorically excluded from further evaluation under the National Environmental Policy Act.