Death Valley National Park Issues Scoping Notice for Stovepipe Wells Cellular Service Proposal
Death Valley, CA--Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding a commercial proposal to install a telecommunications tower and provide cellular service near Stovepipe Wells Village.
Commnet of Nevada LLC (Commnet) has submitted a right-of-way application to the National Park Service (NPS) to provide cellular telephone service to the residents and visitors to Stovepipe Wells Village.The NPS will consider this request in accordance with the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which authorizes but does not mandate that requests for new telecommunications sites be granted.The NPS is conducting an environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze this proposal, and is seeking public input to help identify potential issues and alternatives.
Commnet proposes to place a new 60-foot "Lite Site" tower on previously disturbed land at Stovepipe Wells. In addition, the proposal includes placing radio cabinets outside and adjacent to the tower.
The NPS plans to examine the entire proposal in the context of all existing and reasonably foreseeable telecommunications facilities in the Stovepipe Wells area in order to accurately assess impacts to all associated resources.The assessment will serve as a long-term telecommunications plan for the Stovepipe Wells area.
Comments on the proposal must be received no later than September 10, 2013. More detailed information may be obtained, and public comment may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/StovepipeTelecomScoping.
If you do not have internet access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery to:
Death Valley National Park
ATTN: Stovepipe Wells Telecom Scoping
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328
Notice Regarding FOIA
It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names and addresses of respondents who provide that information, available for public review following the conclusion of the environmental assessment process. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Commentators using the website can make such a request by checking the box "keep my contact information private."NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that NPS may still be required to disclose your name and address pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.