FLAG, Policy Overview. 15 December 1999 Presenter - Bruce Bayle USDA/Forest Service. Legal Responsibilities. USDA/FS + USDI/NPS & FWS Organic Acts Wilderness Act Clean Air Act Appendix B – Legal Framework. “Intent of Congress”.
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15 December 1999
Presenter - Bruce Bayle
“The FLM holds a powerful tool. He is required to protect Federal lands from deterioration of an established value, even when Class I [increments] are not exceeded.
… In cases of doubt the land manager should err on the side of protecting the AQRVs for future generations.”
“An unacceptable effect, as identified by an FLM, that results from current, or would result from predicted, deterioration of air quality in a federal class I or class II area. A determination of unacceptable effect shall be made on a case by case basis for each area taking into account existing air quality conditions. …”
“Visibility impairment which interferes with the management, protection, preservation or enjoyment of the visitor’s visual experience of the Federal Class I area. This determination must be made on a case-by-case basis taking into account the geographic extent, intensity, duration, frequency, and time of visibility impairment …”