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ACHP Seeks Public Comment on Kitt Peak, Arizona, Telescope Issue

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is requesting public comments by February 15, 2007, regarding a grant to fund construction of the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) at Horseshoe Canyon, Kitt Peak, Arizona.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), the lead federal agency for the proposed construction grant, recently notified the ACHP of its determination that NSF and the participants in the Section 106 consultation process have failed to agree on the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement for this undertaking. Regulations provide that in such situations the ACHP may choose either to join consultation or notify the agency and proceed to comment in accordance with 36 CFR 800.7(c), Failure to resolve adverse effects, Comments by the Council. The ACHP has notified NSF that it will comment on the undertaking. The ACHP will provide its comments to NSF by February 27, 2007. The ACHP is soliciting public views for its consideration and requests that any such views be provided as early as possible and no later than February 15, 2007.

The letter to NSF noting that the ACHP will comment can be found by clicking

Background information on the case can be found in the Spring 2006 Case Digest at

Comments may be submitted by e-mail, postal address, or fax to the attention of Martha Catlin. E-mail address is; faxes should be sent to 202-606-8647 or 202-606-8672; and letters should be addressed to:

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Attn: Martha Catlin
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 803
Washington, DC 20004

Persons needing further information may contact Martha Catlin at 202-606-8529.


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