HQ Utilities to be Replaced
Lassen Volcanic National Park News Release
December 15, 2010
For Immediate Release
Darlene M. Koontz
Lassen Volcanic National Park Headquarters to Plan Utilities Replacement
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to replace its utility infrastructure in the headquarters area of Lassen Volcanic National Park, located in Mineral, Ca.The purpose of the proposed project is to improve NPS staff and community safety, increase energy efficiency, protect cultural resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and reduce labor and budgetary costs associated with the park's utility infrastructure. The utility system currently in use (power, water, wastewater, propane gas, and telecommunications) is antiquated, ineffective, inefficient, and difficult to repair. In particular, above-ground power lines are susceptible to frequent damage during winter storms, and water and wastewater pipes suffer from chronic leaking.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is beginning the process to complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider any potential impacts to natural or cultural resources that may result from the proposed project. We will gather input from park staff, other agencies and the public to consider the potential effects of replacing the park headquarters area utility infrastructure. Actions considered include: replacing existing overhead power lines with underground lines, removal of overhead lines; replacing water and sewer lines; updating telecommunication lines; replacing small, building-specific propane tanks with one centralized, large propane tank; improve drainage; installing solar panels; and increasing utility capacity at the employee RV sites south of State Highway 36.
Comments may be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lavo or mailed to the park at the following address:
Superintendent Darlene Koontz
ATTN: Utility Replacement - EA Comments
Lassen Volcanic National Park
P.O. Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063-0100
Comments submitted to the website or by mail are welcome at any time; however, they should be received no later than January 15, 2011.
Did You Know?
On the evening of May 14, 1915, incandescant blocks of lava could be seen bouncing down the flanks of Lassen Peak from as far away as the town of Manton, 20 miles to the west.