Alaska Power and Telephone Extension of Service to Dyea

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The National Park Service (NPS) is considering issuing a permit to the Alaska Power and Telephone Company (AP&T) to install, operate, and perform continued routine maintenance on a 7.2 kilovolt single phase underground power line and a 50-pair telecommunications cable in the Chilkoot Trail Unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (the park) in Skagway, Alaska. The right-of-way permit for a 10 foot right-of-way would be granted along existing gravel and paved roads that cross National Park Service (NPS) lands and provide access to private land within and adjacent to the park.

The APT project has been permitted by the State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (Permit Number 3-299520-02-13, dated April 8, 2002) for portions of the project that would occur within the State road right-of-way. The lines would cross properties of various ownership, including the State, the City of Skagway, the NPS, and private entities.

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide reliable electrical power and telecommunications service to property owners in the Dyea area, some of whom are within Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park boundaries, and all of whom reside within the Chilkoot Trail and Dyea National Historic Landmark. Property owners in Dyea (including the NPS) currently rely on diesel generators for their electrical needs and unreliable radio phones for communication. Diesel generators produce noise and exhaust emissions including nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons. The proposed AP&T power line extension would not only provide reliable telecommunication and electrical services to the residents of Dyea, it would also result in the reduction of noise and exhaust emissions associated with diesel generator use.