April 4, 2012
Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6102
Lassen Volcanic National Park Superintendent, Darlene M. Koontz, announced that the National Park Service has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Utilities Replacement Project in the headquarters area of Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral, CA. The EA includes analysis of the proposed action, as well as a no action alternative.
The comment period opened on April 4, 2012 and closes at midnight on May 3, 2012.
The Mineral Utilities EA can also be viewed and comments entered directly on the NPS planning web site at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lavo.
The document can also be viewed and/or downloaded from the park's website at: http://www.nps.gov/lavo/parkmgmt/index.htm. The document is also available at park headquarters and at local public libraries.
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve NPS staff and community safety, increase energy efficiency, protect National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) listed cultural resources, and reduce labor and budgetary costs associated with the park's utility infrastructure. The proposed project is needed because the utility system currently in use (electricity, water, wastewater, gas, and telecommunications) is ineffective, inefficient, and difficult to repair.
The proposed project would replace the current utility infrastructure by undertaking the following: replacing existing overhead powerlines with underground lines, and then removing overhead lines; replacing water and sewer lines; updating telecommunication lines; replacing small, building-specific propane tanks with two centralized, large propane tanks; improving utilities at the seasonal staff housing area south of Highway 36E; and updating site lighting.
The NPS welcomes your input on this proposed project. Comments can be submitted online at http://www.nps.gov/lavo/parkmgmt/index.htm, or mailed by May 3, 2012 to:
Superintendent Darlene Koontz
ATTN: Utility Replacement - EA Comments
Lassen Volcanic National Park
P.O. Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063-0100
Please note: Before including your personal information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be publicly available at any time. Although you may request that we withhold your personal information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information about this document, contact Superintendent Darlene Koontz at the above address or call (530) 595-6100.