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Burning Man Gets Federal Permit; BLM Scraps 'Lavish' Request

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has granted the Burning Man festival its special recreation permit and has rescinded its request for upgraded accommodations at the event.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the federal agency pulled back from its demands that festival organizers pay $1 million to build the so-called "Blue Pit Compound" in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

The proposed on-site living quarters meant for BLM law enforcement and officials from Washington, D.C. would have included flushing toilets, laundry washers and dryers, hot water, air conditioning, vanity mirrors, refrigerators and couches.

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BLM director Neil Kornze had called some of the requests "lavish" and "outlandish."

BLM Nevada spokesman Steven Clutter said Friday that the agency's infrastructure this year will be essentially what it was last year. Burning Man starts Aug. 30.