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Vermont Public Service Board Issues Order Regarding Petition Of VTel Wireless, Inc., For The Installation Of Telecommunications Equipment In...

June 26, 2014



Vermont Public Service Board Issues Order Regarding Petition Of VTel Wireless, Inc., For The Installation Of Telecommunications Equipment In Castleton, Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt., June 26 -- The Vermont Public Service Board issued the following order:

Docket No. 8266

Petition of VTel Wireless, Inc., for a certificate of public good, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. section 248a, for the installation of telecommunications equipment in Castleton, Vermont

Order entered: 6/26/2014

I. INTRODUCTION

In this Order, the Vermont Public Service Board ("Board") approves the application filed by VTel Wireless, Inc. (the "Petitioner"), pursuant to 30 V.S.A. section 248a, and the Board's Procedures Order ("Procedures Order"),1 and grants the Petitioner a certificate of public good ("CPG") authorizing the installation of wireless telecommunications equipment at an existing facility in Castleton, Vermont (the "Project").

II. BACKGROUND

This case involves a petition and prefiled testimony filed by the Petitioner on February 24, 2014, requesting that the Board issue a CPG, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. section 248a, authorizing the installation of telecommunications equipment in Castleton, Vermont as a project of limited size and scope.

On March 17, 2014, the Vermont Department of Public Service ("Department") filed a letter with the Board stating that because the Project would result in a facility height in excess of 200', it would not qualify as one of limited size and scope.

On March 31, 2014, the Board issued a memorandum stating that the Project did not qualify as one of limited size and scope and could not be processed as such.

On April 7, 2014, the Petitioner filed a corrected and supplemented petition. On May 27, 2014, the Vermont Department of Public Service ("Department") filed a letter with the Board recommending that the Board issue an order approving the petition, as corrected and supplemented, without additional hearings or investigation.

No other comments regarding the Project were filed with the Board. The Board has determined that the petition and prefiled testimony have effectively addressed the substantive criteria of 30 V.S.A. section 248a. Consequently, we find that the procedure authorized by section 248a is sufficient to satisfy the public interest, and no hearings are required.

III. FINDINGS

1. The Project involves the installation of wireless telecommunications equipment at an existing telecommunications facility located at 2196 Grandpa's Knob in Castleton, Vermont. The objective of the Project is to expand and improve wireless broadband coverage in the surrounding area. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

2. The Project involves the installation of nine new panel antennas, of various dimensions, at centerline height of 234', and five new dish antennas, of various dimensions, at centerline heights between 239' and 240' on the existing 244' tower. The Project also involves the installation of equipment inside an existing shelter, and associated cabling and ancillary equipment. Revised Exh. 6B-1, and exh. 6B-2.

3. The Project will not involve earth disturbance. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

State Telecommunications Policy

[30 V.S.A. section 248a(a)]

4. The Project is consistent with the goal of directing the benefits of improved telecommunications technology to all Vermonters pursuant to 30 V.S.A. section 202c(b). The Project will provide new service and improve existing wireless broadband service in this area. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Aesthetics, Historic Sites, Air and Water Purity, the Natural Environment, and Public Health and Safety

[30 V.S.A. section 248a(c)(1)]

5. The Project will not have an undue adverse effect on aesthetics, historic sites, air and water purity, the natural environment, and the public health and safety. This finding is supported by findings 6 through 26, below.

Public Health and Safety

[30 V.S.A. section 248a(c)(1)]

6. The Project will not have an undue adverse impact on public health and safety. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Outstanding Resource Waters, Headwaters

[10 V.S.A. sectionsection 1424a(d), 6086(a)(1)(A)]

7. The Project will have no impact on outstanding resource waters or headwaters as it involves collocation at an existing facility without any earth disturbance. Revised Exh. 6B-1. Water and Air Pollution

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(1)]

8. The Project will not result in undue water or air pollution. This finding is supported by findings 9-17, below.

9. Noise associated with construction activities will be short term and will have a minimal impact on the area. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

10. The Radio Frequency Radiation associated with the Project will meet all standards prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission. Revised Exh. 6B-1, and exh. 6B-6. Waste Disposal

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(1)(B)]

11. The Project does not involve disposal of wastes or injection of any material into ground water or wells. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Water Conservation, Sufficiency of Water, and Burden on Existing Water Supply

[10 V.S.A. sectionsection 6086(a)(1)S, (a)(2) and (3)]

12. The Project will have minimal impact on water conservation measures, as the Project will not require water or sewer facilities. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Floodways

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(1)(D)]

13. The Project is not located in a floodway. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Streams

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(1)(E)]

14. The Project will not have an undue adverse impact on streams, as it is not located near a stream. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Shorelines

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(1)(F)]

15. The Project will not have an undue adverse impact on shorelines, as it involves collocation at an existing facility without any earth disturbance. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Wetlands

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(1)(G)]

16. The Project will not have an undue adverse impact on wetlands, as it involves collocation at an existing facility without any earth disturbance. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Soil Erosion

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(4)]

17. The Project will not cause unreasonable soil erosion or a reduction in the capacity of the land to hold water. All construction work will comply with Vermont standards and specifications for erosion and sediment control. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Transportation System

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(5)]

18. The Project will not cause unreasonable congestion or unsafe conditions with respect to use of the highways, waterways, railways, airports or airways, or other means of transportation, whether existing or proposed. Traffic to the unstaffed site will be limited following construction. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Educational Services [10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(6)]

19. The Project will not cause an unreasonable burden on the ability of a municipality to provide educational services. Educational services will not be affected by the Project. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Municipal Services

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(7)]

20. The Project will not place an unreasonable burden on the ability of the local government to provide municipal or governmental services. The Project will not require any additional municipal or governmental services. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

Aesthetics, Historic Sites, and Rare and Irreplaceable Natural Areas

[10 V.S.A. section 6086(a)(8)]

21. The Project will not have an undue adverse effect on the scenic or natural beauty of the area, aesthetics, historic sites or rare and irreplaceable natural areas. This finding is supported by findings 22 through 26, below.

22. The Project involves the collocation of antennas and other equipment at an existing telecommunications facility and will, thus, be in context with its surroundings. Therefore, the Project will not have an adverse impact on aesthetics. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

23. The Project does not violate any clearly identified community standards contained in the relevant regional or town plans. Revised Exh. 6B-1.

24. The Project will not have an adverse impact on known historic sites. Revised Exh. 6B- 1, and exh. 6B-7.

25. The Project will not have an adverse impact on rare and irreplaceable natural areas. Revised Exh. 6B-1, and exh. 6B-7.

26. The Project will not destroy or significantly imperil endangered species or necessary wildlife habitat. Revised Exh. 6B-1, and exh. 6B-7.

IV. CONCLUSION

Based upon all of the above evidence, the petition does not raise a significant issue with respect to the relevant substantive criteria of 30 V.S.A. section 248a, the public interest is satisfied by the procedures authorized in 30 V.S.A. section 248a, and the proposed Project will promote the general good of the State.

V. ORDER

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED by the Public Service Board of the State of Vermont that the installation and operation of communications facilities at the location specified in the above findings, by VTel Wireless, Inc., in accordance with the evidence and plans submitted in this proceeding, will promote the general good of the State of Vermont in accordance with 30 V.S.A. section 248a(a), and a certificate of public good to that effect shall be issued in this matter.

Dated at Montpelier, Vermont, this 26th day June , 2014.

s/James Volz

PUBLIC SERVICE OF VERMONT

s/John D. Burke

BOARD s/Margaret Cheney

OFFICE OF THE CLERK FILED: June 26, 2014

ATTEST: s/Susan M. Hudson

Clerk of the Board

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