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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Grand Teton National Park Hiding Cell Tower Plans

Above, Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It looks like "the fit hit the shan" after an environmental group found out about plans to put 11 cell towers in Grand Teton National Park without public knowledge or input.

According to CBS in San Francisco:
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park has inappropriately prevented the public from learning about tentative plans for more than 50 miles of fiber-optic cable and new cellphone towers at 11 locations in the majestic preserve in Wyoming, an environmental group says. 
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says it obtained a document through the Freedom of Information Act detailing the plan at the foot of the Teton Range. 
The group’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, said Friday there’s been a pattern of national parks such as Yosemite and Great Smoky Mountains allowing new towers with little or no public notice. 
Grand Teton spokesman Andrew White said the park sought public comment last summer at the outset of planning to add new cellphone towers to the two that are already in the park.

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