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The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places was announced on May 30, highlighting historic properties that the organization believes are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. At least three of the places on this year’s list involve Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s attention in resolving preservation issues.

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson today sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer with the ACHP’s final comments regarding the Navy’s proposed increase of Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington.

Due to the lapse in federal funding necessitating a partial government shutdown, the 45-day timeline for the ACHP to provide its final comments to the Secretary of the Navy regarding the Section 106 review for the proposed increase in the EA-18G Growler activity on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was stopped on December 21, 2018. Consequently, the timeline began again on January 26, 2019 when the government was reopened. The new deadline for the ACHP to submit its comments is February 19, 2019.

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which established the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 1966, requires federal agencies to act as responsible stewards of our nation’s resources when their actions affect historic properties. Section 106 of the NHPA sets forth a process for federal agencies to identify and assess the effects of their actions on historic resources. The responsible agency must consult with appropriate state and local officials, applicants for federal assistance, members of the public, and Indian tribes and consider their views and concerns about historic preservation issues when making final project decisions.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) executed the amendment to the 2001 Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (Amendment) among the Federal Communications Commission, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) and the ACHP. The purpose of this Amendment is to streamline 5G infrastructure deployment, and to continue to reduce the need for new tower construction that could potentially affect historic properties.