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Right-of-Way Permits for Microwave Repeaters on Public Lands
United Utilities, Incorporated (UUI) has applied for Rights of Way permits from the USFWS to install two microwave repeater towers on the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge (Togiak Refuge) lands at Caribou Ridge and Kulukuk Mountain. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) required an environmental assessment (EA) of the proposal in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA was available for public comment from Feb 8 to March 8, 2011. Public meetings were held in Dillingham, Goodnews Bay, Togiak, Nondalton, and Port Alsworth during that time. The EA was then revised, based on public comment and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was signed by the Regional Director on April 8, 2011.
On April15, 2011 the Regional Director authorized the issuance of a Right-of-Way permit to UUI and an amendment to the Togiak Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan to classify the lands as Intensive Management to accommodate the facilities.
Environmental Assessment (pdf - 12.3mb)
Economically Feasible and Prudent Alternative Evaluation of Alternatives (pdf)
Right-of-Way and Comprehensive Plan Amendment decision (pdf)