National Park Service Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment for Dooms – Bremo 230-kV Transmission Line Upgrade for Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup and Appalachian National Scenic Trail Superintendent Wendy Jansen announced today that the public is invited to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Dooms – Bremo 230-kV Transmission Line Upgrade for Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit.
·analysis of a reasonable range of alternatives to meet management objectives,
·evaluation of potential issues and impacts to natural and cultural resources and values and the human environment,
·identification of mitigation measures to lessen the degree of those impacts.
The EA evaluates potential impacts associated with the construction of access roads, the removal and replacement of transmission line structures, and the restoration and remediation of NPS lands after construction. The EA evaluated two action alternatives, which describe different access options for the removal and replacement of a tower directly west of Skyline Drive. The EA also evaluated a no action alternative, where the NPS would not take action on Dominion's request for the Special Use Permit and right-of-way permit for operation and maintenance. The existing transmission line would continue to operate and be maintained in accordance with existing agreements.
The National Park Service encourages public participation through the NEPA process.The public has the opportunity to comment on the EA until May 30, 2014.The EA is available for review and comment online at the National Park Service park planning website http://parkplanning.nps.gov/shen. Comments may be posted online or sent to: Morgan Elmer Attn: Dooms – Bremo NPS Crossing, P.O. Box 25287 Denver, CO 80225-0287 or e-mail us.