Request for scoping comments regarding a proposed telecommunication facility on Point Reyes Hill in Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell'Osso , 415-464-5135
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate an application from Verizon Wireless (the Applicant) for a ten (10) year right-of-way permit to install, operate, and maintain a commercial wireless telecommunication facility on Point Reyes Hill within the area zoned "Radio Range Station" at Point Reyes National Seashore in western Marin County.
The NPS is committed to managing natural and cultural resources to support their protection, restoration and preservation while also providing opportunities for visitor use and enjoyment of park resources. The NPS will evaluate the application under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and in accordance with other applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
The 45-day public scoping period is intended to engage the public in this NEPA process which will evaluate the effects of the potential issuance of a right of way permit for the commercial telecommunications facility. The scoping period closes on August 7, 2013. The NPS encourages public participation throughout the NEPA planning process and anticipates that an Environmental Assessment (EA) will be the appropriate NEPA document for the proposed project. The NPS invites the public to submit written suggestions, comments, and concerns to help develop the scope of the EA. Scoping comments could address, for example:
There are two opportunities for the public to comment: 1) now, during this initial scoping period for the EA and 2) during the public comment period following publication of the EA. The results of the NEPA process will be used to inform the decision of whether a permit should be issued.
Comments may be submitted online, by regular mail or by hand delivery at the Seashore Headquarters.
Comments will not be accepted by FAX, e-mail, or in any manner other than the three methods previously specified. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request within your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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