Burning Man Organizers Await Environmental Impact Statement From BLM
Burning Man festival organizers are awaiting a federal environmental impact statement from the Bureau of Land Management, which is expected to reveal whether the festival will be allowed to increase its maximum population to 100,000.
Burning Man’s CEO, Marian Goodell told the Reno Gazette-Journal that festival organizers have received assurances from the BLM that no significant changes would be required.
In April, a draft report from the BLM proposed that Burning Man incorporate dumpsters, drug searches, and concrete barriers at the annual event.
The environmental impact statement is intended to detail how the event, currently attended by some 80,000 people annually, affects the surrounding land and communities, from the playa surface to air quality and traffic flow.
BLM officials are reviewing some 2,000 letters of public comment that will be taken into account in creating the final environmental impact statement.