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More time to comment on proposed Yellowstone National Park cell tower

Published On: Nov 19 2012 06:40:13 PM MST
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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a press release from the National Park Service:

The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the public comment period on a
proposal by Verizon Wireless to construct a cell phone tower to serve the
Lake and Fishing Bridge areas of Yellowstone National Park.

The public comment period is being extended for an additional 30 days,
until December 17, 2012.

The proposed 100 foot tall gray steel lattice tower and accompanying ground
facilities would be erected at an existing utility site, next to existing
telephone and electric lines.

Information relating to the proposal, including documentation regarding
compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as
well as an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found
online here.

Written comments may be submitted through the web site, in person or by
mail to Compliance Office, Attention: Lake Cell Tower Proposal, National
Park Service, and P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Comments will not be accepted by phone, fax, or e-mail, and submitted
responses may be made publicly available at any time.

The Lake area is the only location in the park where construction of a new
cell tower was permitted under the park’s Wireless Communications Services
Plan Environmental Assessment (Wireless Plan EA).

Comments will be reviewed by the NPS prior to approving a right-of-way
permit for the facility.  If the right-of-way permit is approved,
construction would begin in early 2013.