JONES ASKS PARK SERVICE TO EXTEND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON BEACH ACCESS RULE

Apr 16, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and North Carolina senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan asked National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis for a 30-day extension of the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan (DEIS).  The Park Service published the DEIS on March 5, 2010 and gave the public until May 11, 2010 – or 60 days – to comment on the 800-page document.  In a letter to Director Jarvis sent this afternoon, Jones, Burr and Hagan argued that an extension is necessary to provide the public with adequate time to thoroughly review and comment on the complex, lengthy document. 

 

Below is a copy of the text of the letter:

 

“Dear Director Jarvis:

 

           
We are writing to request a 30-day extension of the comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan (DEIS).  The National Park Service (NPS) published the DEIS in the Federal Register (75 Fed. Reg. 01307) on March 5, 2010, and gave the public until May 11, 2010 to submit comments. 

 

           
 The DEIS is a complex document that is over 800 pages long.  It is also incredibly important – as NPS has stated, once finalized, the environmental impact statement “will form the basis for a special regulation, guiding the management and control of ORVs at the Seashore for the next 10 to 15 years.”  Given these facts, the 60-day comment period provided by the Park Service does not provide sufficient time for the public to adequately review such a significant document. 

 

We respectfully request that you extend the comment period by an additional 30 days to allow taxpayers the opportunity to fully participate in this process.”