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USNPS, Federal Aviation Administration ordered to explain tardy air tour management plans

A federal appellate court has given the National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration until late July to explain why they are so behind in crafting air-tour management plans for many units of the National Park System.

The one-paragraph order handed down Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia directs the two agencies to "(1) explain why the agencies were unaware that they were behind schedule as of their November 24, 2021 status report; (2) propose firm compliance dates for each park; and (3) provide the legal basis for any anticipated categorical exclusion and the date by which the agencies will make that determination."

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