Lake Cell Tower
Yellowstone National Park, Lake Cell Tower and Wireless Communications Plan Amendment
This notice details the National Park Service's decision-making process about a proposed right-of-way permit allowing construction of a wireless communications facility (WCF) within Yellowstone National Park. The WCF would allow phone service to the Lake and Fishing Bridge developed areas within the park. The project proponent, Verizon Communications, would use an existing utility site to co-locate a new 100-foot cell tower and associated equipment. The decision to allow WCF construction at the Lake and Fishing Bridge developed areas was made in the 2008 Wireless Communications Services Plan Environmental Assessment (2008 Wireless Plan EA) and its associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The new proposal was reviewed to determine if the project's impacts were adequately analyzed in the original documents. The park's interdisciplinary team determined that the proposed action results in no or minor impacts, and that no extraordinary circumstances apply, as documented in a categorical exclusion.
We are also using this opportunity to announce a minor change to the 2008 Wireless Plan EA. The categorical exclusion also amends the Wireless Communications Services Plan Environmental Assessment FONSI that indicated the park would issue a notice in the Federal Register. Environmental Assessments and Federal Register notices for telecommunications right-of-way permits are required for projects if an agency did not previously analyze the alternatives, evaluate the potential impacts, and identify mitigation measures. Because alternatives, impacts, and mitigation measures were analyzed in the 2008 Wireless Services Plan EA and subsequent FONSI, no Federal Register notice is required by NPS policy. The Lake cell tower was the only cell tower approved in the FONSI for the 2008 Wireless Services Plan EA. No future Federal Register notices on this topic are anticipated.
To see the FULL TEXT OF THIS NOTICE, please open the file entitled "Lake Cell Tower and EA Amendment Notice" from the document list at the left of this webpage.
The 2008 Wireless Communications Services Plan and its' associated 2009 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) can be found by clicking "Links" at the left of this page.
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